A new review from The Movie Snob.
Forsaken (B). Well, I’ll be gob-smacked! It’s only February, and this is the second brand-new Western I have seen this year! Anyhoo, this movie seems very reminiscent of Shane. John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland, Pompeii) comes riding back into his old home town some years after the end of the Civil War. His dear old maw has passed away, and his pacifist preacher dad (Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games) is none too proud of the famous gunslinger his son has become since the War. Their reunion is rocky, to say the least. Meanwhile, a mean old rattlesnake named McCurdy (Brian Cox, Troy) is buying up local farms in advance of the railroad’s arrival, and farmers who won’t sell out to McCurdy often come down with a bad case of lead poisoning, if you get my meaning. John Henry could be just the man to even out the playing field, but unfortunately for the farmers, he’s trying to put his old ways aside in order to please his paw. Michael Wincott (The Doors) almost steals the show as McCurdy’s top gunslinger, Gentleman Dave. Oh, and Demi Moore (Mortal Thoughts) has a couple of scenes as John Henry’s old sweetie from before the War. It’s not the most original story line, but I still enjoyed it.