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Kamloops Film Festival Presents: Forsaken
March 12, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Directed by Jon Cassar
After years of wandering and making a name for himself as a formidable quick-draw gunfighter, Civil War veteran John Henry Clayton quietly returns to his hometown. Weary of his years of violence, John Henry is determined to lay down his guns for good. John Henry’s father, the Reverend William Clayton, resolutely condemns his son’s past and is skeptical of his pledge to reform.
Bringing together two generations of a legendary acting dynasty, this riveting, bloody, and moving western stars Donald and Kiefer Sutherland as a long-estranged father and son attempting to make amends whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.
“beautifully directed, nobly photographed and proverbially scripted”
“But it is the tension between Donald Sutherland, 80, with flowing white locks but steely eyes, giving his best performance for years, and his son Kiefer, 48, with a fierce presence of his own, acting together for the first time, that makes this film so terrifically moving.” -David Sexton, London Evening Standard
“With over 30 overlapping years in the business, you would think this would have happened already, and while they have appeared in the same movie before, this is the first time the Sutherlands have played father and son. It was worth the wait.”
“Donald and Kiefer bring the hard emotions when they’re required to, but the film is elevated by an excellent supporting cast that includes Brian Cox, Demi Moore, and Michael Wincott.”—Noah R. Taylor, Dorkshelf
“Both Sutherlands look spot-on perfect for their roles; Kiefer’s character lines increase his flintiness quotient, while Donald’s flowing white hair and beard suggest a demanding Old Testament paterfamilias” – Joe Leydon, Variety
“Michael Wincott is at his smoothly menacing deep voice best” -Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
“…the Sutherland father-son team appear on screen together for the first time, in a pure western that rejects revisionism in favour of unadulterated fun”- Henry Barns, The Guardian