Forsaken Reviews

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July 20, 2019
By relying on uninspired Western tropes over true grit, Forsaken is forgettable.
February 18, 2017
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.
June 19, 2016
A humdrum Western which never demonstrates even the suggestion of a trick up its sleeve.
March 18, 2016
In a standard cowering-town-needs-a-gunfighter drama, typical themes (redemption, forgiveness) are laid out with little imagination.
February 26, 2016
Forsaken offers sufficient gun battles, standoffs, and shot-him-dead moments to keep fans of superficial Westerns entertained, but its revenge story is unfalteringly by-the-books.
February 24, 2016
In the end, there is nothing horribly wrong with Forsaken, but there isn't all that much right about it either.
February 20, 2016
So generic are these tribulations and story beats that they could have entered the realm of self-aware camp if they weren't played so straight.
February 19, 2016
... conveys a gritty style and features solid performances, but most of the characters and themes seem recycled.
February 19, 2016
It's hard to be overtly opinionated regarding Forsaken, because the plodding, uneventful little movie never asks more of you than basic consciousness; it's like the cinematic equivalent of cleaning out dryer lint.
February 19, 2016
Attempts to be a slow burn thriller building to a climactic shoot-out are more 'Back to the Future III' than 'High Noon,' but smaller character moments are deeply, genuinely felt by the actors.
February 19, 2016
[Screenwriter Brad] Mirman follows the Western template as if it were an exact science.
February 19, 2016
The movie is too visually lovely to forsake, but the predictable story and basic plot holes remain unforgiven.
February 18, 2016
'Forsaken' is such a wallow in a stagnant pool of Western clichs it drowns before the final showdown on Main Street
February 18, 2016
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.
February 18, 2016
An old-school western that is a little too old school for its own good.
Top Critic
February 18, 2016
Forsaken plays like someone's hazy, half-remembered idea of a Western, from back when men were men, women were dead and "facing the consequences of violence" just meant leaving town on horseback for a while.
February 18, 2016
Somewhat illogically, I think that Forsaken would have been better if it had been made 25 years ago with the same cast of actors. It certainly would have gotten more exposure.
February 18, 2016
Beyond the shared personnel, though, the 24 connection offers an intriguing subtextual layer to Forsaken that gives Cassar's film the only real interest it has. Make no mistake: As a Western, this is pretty generic stuff.
February 18, 2016
A sort of cinematic antique, a fifties western that's been spruced up but doesn't even try to hide its dusty origins. But it has small pleasures, especially in the casting.
February 18, 2016
The story is terribly unsurprising and that drains the interest out of the film like a bullet hole through a horse trough.
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