Forsaken

Forsaken

DVD - 2016
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An embittered gunslinger attempts to make amends with his estranged father while their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Entertainment One, [2016]
ISBN: 9786316380807
6316380801
Branch Call Number: DVD FORSAKE 1DISC
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
DVD-video,NTSC
widescreen (2.40:1)
digital,optical,5.1 surround,Dolby digital
DVD video,4 3/4 in
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
Mar 11, 2018

If you are looking for a Western fix, check this out. It is a pretty straight forward story that brought back the good old days: ruthless outlaws employed by a land grabber vs a town's prodigal son with a tortured past. The only character missing was a sheriff and his jail ... but there was a faithful preacher. Anyway, the son could have evolved to be the harmonica-playing gunman (Charles Bronson) in the 1968 epic "Once Upon a Time in the West." Last, if you remotely enjoy this, check out the 2015 "The Salvation."

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gurujr
Nov 02, 2017

Don't see too many westerns but this is a good one. Nice to see Demi Moore as well. As far as gun fighting goes the younger Sutherland ain't no Clint Eastwood.

GhostShell5 Jun 08, 2017

The from the critics post is for something completely different.

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LindaMarion
Apr 24, 2017

hey, i liked this movie especially the Sutherlands - good acting and connection. demi moore good too. beautiful scenery. it was better than i thought it would be. would recommend!

You've seen this kind of western a hundred times before and most of them better. The Sutherlands were fine and Moore was okay but the rest was just a smelly pile of road apples.

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brotagonist
Feb 09, 2017

This film takes some of the many tried and proven plots of the Western—homesteaders being bullied into selling to make way for the railroad; a gunslinger returns to his hometown to put down his guns; and others—and weaves them into an original story. It is full of genuine sentiment: the characters and scenarios are believable. Simply excellent!

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firefly5
Jan 27, 2017

The only reason I gave this western one star is for the Donald and Kiefer Sutherland. They are great together. The story had no depth, simply get a gang of bullies with guns together and kill people. I tried to find something I could like about this movie. I'm sorry I could not.

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djhilber
Oct 17, 2016

Surprisingly good movie considering I never heard of it until I did a search for Westerns in the library keyword search. Yes, it does use the same formula that all Westerns do but I'm a sucker for those. Redemption from a troubled past. Plus there were enough variations on a theme to make this story seem new.

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PearlyKayAm1
Oct 11, 2016

Very predictable old-fashioned Western, but completely worth it to watch the Sutherland's together (and for the twist ending).

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sabermaster
Sep 18, 2016

I liked this movie just fine. It reminded me of the short paperback westerns I've read for years. Sometimes less is more.

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jimg2000
Mar 12, 2018

Well, well, well. If it ain't John Henry Clayton. I heard a lot about you. Name's Frank Tillman. Maybe you heard of me?
-Can't say as I have.
Well, I killed four men. Still don't ring a bell. How come you ain't wearing a gun? You go and... get religion or something?
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Most men came out of that war wanting nothing more to do with killing, but not you... you went looking for it. God is not responsible for the life you choose.
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There was no need for that. We were talking.
-It would appear the conversation's over now, Dave.
He was about to see reason.
-You actually ever kill anybody, Dave, or you just talk 'em to death?
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They killed Daniel Peterson. I never thought they'd kill one of us.
- It's only gonna get worse.
What makes you say that?
-'Cause after the first one, it gets easier.
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I can see what's in your eyes.
- Then you know what I gotta do.
You don't have to do anything.
- But we both know I will.

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jimg2000
Mar 12, 2018

I'll say this, and I will say no more on the subject. The thought of coming back to you... was the only thing that got me through that damn war. And when it was over, I swear to you on my life, I tried coming home. I swore I was done with killing. She just wasn't done with me.
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When you got a fox in the henhouse... only two things to do: Kill the fox or move the henhouse.
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Do you think there's a place for men like us to go, get away from the killing?
-My experience would lead me to say no.
After the war I swore to myself I'd never pick up a gun again. You can't go through something like that and expect to be who you were.
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God knows I could not turn the other cheek the way that you have. But... I also know if you kick a dog long enough, he's gonna bite.
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Mary Alice, you need to go home and speak with your husband.
-He's gonna get himself killed. I don't want that for my boy. You know why he's doing this. To prove that he's as good as you are.

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