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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