Soundtrack Review: Forsaken

Soundtrack Review: Forsaken

Forsaken Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Forsaken by Jonathan Goldsmith.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 87.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 15.9
Album Excellence: 33.1%

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Forsaken is a 2015 western film directed by Jon Cassar and starring Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland & Brian Cox. In 1872, JOHN HENRY CLAYTON (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, REVEREND CLAYTON (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, but his father does not want his son to return to a life of violence. The score is composed by Jonathan Goldsmith.

I’m sitting here and wondering to myself why I haven’t seen this film yet. Father and son Kiefer and Donald Sutherland are together in a western. Scratch that, Kiefer Sutherland is back in a western. Man I remember Young Guns, one of my favourite modern western films where Kiefer “Doc” Sutherland tore up the screen with an excellent performance. Hopefully the score will live up to my dreams of what it could sound like. The score opens with ‘Forsaken (Opening Titles)’ a quite untraditional western piece. I would argue it’s not a western piece at all, but modern minimalistic drama. The second half of the cue has a little bit of heroism with a decent theme. Well this peaked my interest. There’s some kind of electronic violin sound in ‘Grave, Field and Town’ that just works brilliantly in a western setting. It’s almost like a flute and the sound feels a bit Irish. Well this I love. It sounds beautiful. I’m not sure I’m a fan of the cues being spit between to different styles, but it works for this cue. The second half contains a very fun gig.

The movie might be a western, but the score is very emotional and I think it’s the father and son relationship that plays a big part and just listening to this music makes me want to see this film. I get goosebumps already and very emotional. Yeah this movie I have to see, and soon. The darker cues are harder to swallow though, but they are also exciting. ‘Bleeding Out / William’, the ‘Bleeding Out’ part is truly scary with this metallic sound. Most of the dark material is like that, and it’s intriguing to listen to. It’s a very good score in the end not to be compared to classic westerns, but maybe more of a modern drama set in western times.

HIGHLIGHTS:
2. Grave, Field and Town
3. The Clearing
4. The Promise / To Town
5. Mary Alice
7. Bleeding Out / William
8. The Red Ribbon
12. Church
19. Redemption

GD Star Rating
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