Just as John Henry Clayton thought he was out, they pull him back in. Directed by Jon Cassar, Forsaken is a humdrum Western which never demonstrates even the suggestion of a trick up its sleeve. Kiefer Sutherland tops the bill as a reformed gunslinger, a prodigal son returning home from the Civil War to a town under the leather boot of no good rootin’ tootin’ bad guys. With a desire to put a life of killing behind him, live off the land, rekindle an old flame and reconcile with his preacher father – played by Sutherland Sr., Donald – John Henry is running away from a chequered past.
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