Just when you thought you’d seen every possible variation of men seeking redemption while dealing with their parental issues, along comes Forsaken – starring Kiefer Sutherland, and his legendary father, Donald. Directed by Jon Cassar (24), and written by Brad Mirman (Highlander: The Final Dimension), the western is clearly aimed at those that would like the thrill of watching father and son engage in impassioned yelling over past misdeeds.
Check out the official plot summary below for more info:
“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.”
Joining the Sutherlands in the cast is Demi Moore, whose character is evidently a past love of John Henry, and to whom he returns after his time away. Obviously, she has married in the intervening years – a fact that adds to existing tensions within the community. Brian Cox (The Campaign), and Michael Wincott (The Assassination Of Richard Nixon) also star, and the result would appear to be a film in which grown men growl at each other, while the female lead devotes her time to begging the hero to be a better man.
While this may scream ‘vanity project’ for the Sutherland father and son duo, there is something to be said for these two performers – each arguably a formidable talent in his own right – facing off against each other in emotive scenes. The question is, will it be sufficiently different from all the other movies that are just like it? We’ll find out on February 19th, 2016, when Forsaken lands on VOD and in cinemas.
Source: The Film Stage