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Forsaken (2016)



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In 1872, JOHN HENRY CLAYTON (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, REVEREND CLAYTON (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, but his father does not want his son to return to a life of violence.

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Kiefer Sutherland
as John Henry Clayton
Donald Sutherland
as Rev. Clayton
Demi Moore
as Mary-Alice Watson
Brian Cox
as James McCurdy
Michael Wincott
as Dave Turner
Aaron Poole
as Frank Tillman
Landon Liboiron
as Will Pickard
Siobhan Williams
as Emily Chadwick
Esther Purves-Smith
as Shot Child Mother
Lex Cassar
as Tim Slade
Graeme Black
as Hank Plummer
David Trimble
as Mr. Parsons
Joe Norman Shaw
as Silver Barrel Bartender
Chris Ippolito
as Bob Waters
Dylan Smith
as Little Ned
Michael Mitchell
as Clyde Burnett
Wesley Morgan
as Sam Hatch
Christopher Rosamund
as Daniel Peterson
David McNally
as Mr. Harper
Christopher Rosamond
as Daniel Peterson
Greg Ellis
as Tom Watson
Donovan Workun
as Mr. Jenkins
Paul Sillito
as Charley Watson
Ali Webb
as Rachel Chadwick
Kira Bradley
as Mrs. Chadwick
Don Bland
as Mr. Chadwick
Cliff Liknes
as Chadwick Man
Brock Morgan
as James Cleary
Cliff Likness
as Chadwick Man
Tom Carey
as George
Colin Campbell
as Red Crow Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Forsaken

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (15)

In a standard cowering-town-needs-a-gunfighter drama, typical themes (redemption, forgiveness) are laid out with little imagination.

March 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Father and son team up for a Western in the classic style.

February 22, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

February 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It has a solid story to tell, and tells it with no winks and few, if any, frills. It's involving and ultimately exciting.

February 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Solid and dependable, "Forsaken" shouldn't be forgotten. But I wish so much of it didn't feel half-remembered.

February 19, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Forsaken


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. 3.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

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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.

Kevin M. Williams
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