Blu-ray Review: FORSAKEN

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FORSAKEN was directed by Jon Cassar and stars father and son duo, Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland who appear on-screen together for the very first time. The supporting cast includes Brian Cox, Michael Wincott, Aaron Poole, Demi Moore and Greg Ellis.

This gritty all-star western takes place in 1872 and follows retired gunslinger, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland), who returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming. He shows up at his old home after being gone for years in hopes to repair his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). He arrives to a cold welcome and to the sad news of his mother’s passing. This tragic news doesn’t help him at all with his plans to repair his relationship with his father. John Henry tries to settle in and begins working on his father’s land but he sees that it’s going to be hard work repairing this broken relationship.

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John Henry keeps to himself but he slowly begins to learn that the small town has some serious problems and is in turmoil. The railroad will be coming through the area and a gang of criminals is terrorizing the local ranchers who refuse to sell off their land. Anyone that doesn’t sell their land ends up dead so there’s pretty much no negotiating on this deal. What happens is, John Henry finds out about it and tries his best to stay retired but when his innocent father is beaten by the gang, John Henry straps up and goes back to his violent, gunslinging ways. He not only confronts the men and ruthless cowboy style but he brings justice to the small town in doing so plus he gets some sweet revenge for his father who is still against any kind of violence.

First of all, we don’t get enough westerns but when we do I try not to pass one up. Forsaken features a really good story that’s about this father and son and their strained relationship and how they try to repair it. It’s about how a man can’t escape from who he really is but it’s also about redemption and forgiveness. The cast was absolutely amazing and all of the acting was really good. The locations, homes and small town that were used all looked dated and authentic, like we’ve been zapped back to the 1800’s. They just got everything right when it comes to this kind of stuff which helps make a movie more enjoyable of a watch. Jon Cassar captured everything he needed to make Forsaken such a deep and emotional watch at times while still giving it this rough and gritty attitude. There’s touching scenes between father and son but there’s also some brutal action and with that comes a little bloodshed.

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The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. The movie was shot really well and it sounds great.

Bottom line is, Forsaken ended up being a really good western with this father and son starring alongside one another for the first time ever.  To top off the impressive show that the “Sutherland boys” put on is the amazing supporting cast. We don’t get enough of Demi Moore who plays this woman who once had a thing for John Henry and even though she’s moved on with her life, you can see that she still cares for him. There’s also Brian Cox who always plays the villain and does a great job here. He’s the sinister businessman who is calling the shots behind the scenes. Finally there’s Michael Wincott who plays a gentleman gunslinger who is also the right hand man of the town villain. The thing about this character is that he follows the rules and that plays to John Henry’s favor in the end. John Cassar has delivered a really good western and one that might even become a future cult classic, yeah I enjoyed it that much! This Blu-ray releases on March 28th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Momentum Pictures

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: 

  • Making-of Forsaken featurette
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