Forsaken Blu-ray Review
“Forsaken” is a watchable western.
In “Forsaken,” a man (John Henry Clayton) with a violent past returns home hoping to change his ways. Things don’t exactly go his way, however, when he clashes with his father (Reverend Clayton) over past issues, meets a lost love who is now married, and runs into trouble with a dangerous group of hired guns who are essentially bullying and forcing ranchers to sell their land. Will John Henry Clayton reconnect with his father and lover? Will he pick up his guns to stand up to the baddies? Hint: Duh.
I’m always up for seeing a new western film as we do not get nearly enough of them anymore, but didn’t I just see this film? That’s probably what you’ll be thinking to yourself too as the movie is familiar, predictable, clichéd, and yes, even a bit of a soap opera at times. Even with all of that though, the well paced movie is somehow still worth a watch thanks to some solid performances.
While most of the headlines will be dominated by real life father and son Kiefer and Donald Sutherland playing father and son in the film, they’re actually the least interesting part. Sure, Kiefer has some good climactic shootouts, but the real scene stealers here are Brian Cox (who always rocks it as a villain) and Michael Wincott who is the most intriguing character in the entire movie. It’s a shame the story didn’t revolve around him!
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? As with most modern westerns, the film is as picturesque as you’d expect it to be. The transfer does it justice.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? While not the best track you’ll hear it is still adequate.
* Various studio trailers.
* A standard making of with interviews, set footage, film clips, etc.
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