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KIEFER AND DON­ALD Suther­land play fa­ther and son in this old-fash­ioned Western. With echoes of such genre clas­sics as Shane and Un­for­given, the film finds Kiefer Suther­land’s re­formed gun­slinger John Henry Clay­ton re­turn­ing home to a frosty wel­come from his es­tranged preacher fa­ther in 1870s Wy­oming. Clay­ton has hung up his guns, but with Brian Cox’s ruth­less rob­ber baron and his cal­lous hired guns forc­ing lo­cal farm­ers off their land, it can only be a mat­ter of time be­fore he straps them on again.

Vet­eran TV di­rec­tor Jon Cas­sar isn’t aim­ing for any­thing orig­i­nal or re­vi­sion­ist here, and some will take is­sue with his film’s mea­sured pac­ing. Oth­ers will lament we don’t see more of Demi Moore as John Henry’s child­hood sweet­heart, who mar­ried an­other man while he was away.

Nev­er­the­less, the movie will keep Western fans en­gaged, and it does de­liver some sur­prises, not least in the way John Henry’s re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ship with fel­low gun­slinger – Michael Win­cott’s courtly South­erner, Gen­tle­man Dave Turner – pans out. 2015,15, 90MIN

KIEFER AND DON­ALD’S BEARDS WERE DRIV­ING

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