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Forsaken: Father-and-son western explores well-trodden territory

Kiefer Sutherland as John Henry Clayton and Donald Sutherland as Rev.

Dan Power

2 out of 4 stars

Title
Forsaken
Written by
Brad Mirman
Directed by
Jon Cassar
Starring
Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox
Classification
14A
Country
USA
Language
English

Squinting like an unforgiven Clint Eastwood at high noon, Kiefer Sutherland struggles to keep his six-shooter holstered in a brooding western he shares with his father (Donald Sutherland). In a standard cowering-town-needs-a-gunfighter drama, typical themes (redemption, forgiveness) are laid out with little imagination. But Brian Cox's land-grabbing villain gets excellent lines to deliver, Alberta stands in well for 1872 Wyoming and the dynamics of a father-son reconciliation is fascinating to watch, as played out on screen by the scene-sharing real-life father and son. (14A) – Brad Wheeler

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