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In a standard cowering-town-needs-a-gunfighter drama, typical themes (redemption, forgiveness) are laid out with little imagination.
Father and son team up for a Western in the classic style.
Forsaken greatly benefits from the poignant teaming of its father-and-son stars -- as well as Michael Wincott as an especially elegant and eloquent gunfighter who has great respect for John.
It has a solid story to tell, and tells it with no winks and few, if any, frills. It's involving and ultimately exciting.
Solid and dependable, "Forsaken" shouldn't be forgotten. But I wish so much of it didn't feel half-remembered.
Fans of the genre - and the cast - may find it a pleasant enough diversion, but given the recent wave of strong frontier dramas, this film feels especially minor.
Veteran TV director Jon Cassar (a 24 stalwart) isn't aiming for anything particularly original or revisionist here, and some viewers will take issue with his film's measured pacing... But the movie has enough grace notes to keep Western fans engaged
As modern critics lament the death of the genre, Forsaken is a reminder as to why Westerns went out of fashion in the first place.
If you're a fan of the genre' you won't be disappointed by FORSAKEN.
A humdrum Western which never demonstrates even the suggestion of a trick up its sleeve.
It should please those who like their westerns the old-fashioned way.
Forsaken is still a film to be enjoyed. The performances themselves justify that.
Old, Tried and True
Brooding, intense, and dreary, Forsaken is an old fashioned Western told in an old fashioned way. A former Civil War soldier returns home after a series of ill-defined violent exploits only to be met with a deceased mother and a disappointed father. Eager for redemption, though not sure how to find it, he soon finds himself in the midst of another bloody conflict. Sound familiar? Yes, but the execution proves too good to write off.
Though there are some clichéd motifs, to be sure, the film still feels authentic and offers some of the best acting in a genre that unfortunately has become awash in straight-to-dvd mediocrity. The characterizations are liking in some parts, yet their emotional integrity and presence is nearly visceral in this film-with an all-star ensemble cast featuring real-life father and son combo Kiefer and Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox, and Michael Wincott.
Besides the acting, the film itself is restrained, with a slow build. Thought it has a short run-time, it never feels rushed, the action beats feel earned, and the ending resonates with the nearly poetic vibe of the film. Narratively it may seem slight, yet the parts work too well to be ignored in Forsaken.
Standard oater held aloft by the quality of the affair: good direction, good script, good cinematography, and then, of course, a cast to die for.
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