Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


‘ Let Him Go’ (review)

Produced by Mitchell Kaplan,
Paula Mazur, Thomas Bezucha

Based on Let Him Go by Larry Watson
Written and Directed by Thomas Bezucha
Starring Diane Lane, Kevin Costner,
Lesley Manville, Will Brittain, Kayli Carter,
Jeffrey Donovan,  Booboo Stewart


At the beginning of Let Him Go, retired Sheriff George Blackledge (Costner) and his wife Margaret (Lane) suffer a tremendous loss when their son, James, dies after unexpectedly falling from a horse on the family ranch, leaving behind his wife Lorna (Carter) and infant son, Jimmy.

Set in the early 1960’s, the film picks up a few years later.  Lorna has remarried to Donnie Weboy (Brittain), in a marriage of convenience and ultimately, abuse.  A witness to a public display of Lorna being slapped by Donnie, Margaret fears for the safety of young Jimmy.

When the Blackledge’s discover that Donnie has moved Lorna and Jimmy to his family the Dakotas, George and Margaret set forth to bring Jimmy home.

Few modern actors are truly believable in the Western genre as Costner, and his performance in Let Him Go is one of his best in recent memory.  Reteaming with his Man of Steel co-star Diane Lane, the two share a very believable relationship of a couple who have shared a life full of joy and tragedy together.  Lane’s performance is also among her best and she anchors the film with her internal heartbreak and strength.

On the other hand, when we meet the Weboy family, there’s little to like.  Living off the grid, this family led by notorious matriarch Blanche (Manville) who has no intention to give up her grandson without a fight.  Along with her sons, led by eldest Bill (Donovan), Blanche is loud, sadistic, and cruel.

And prepared for a fight.

Let Him Go is a film about a lot of things.  What starts with a tragedy becomes a revenge thriller.  As the film unfolds, it truly reveals itself to be a superior genre piece full of tension and vengeance.  And most importantly, it’s about the hope that one hold’s dear.


Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply


Forces of Geek is protected from liability under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and “Safe Harbor” provisions.

All posts are submitted by volunteer contributors who have agreed to our Code of Conduct.

FOG! will disable users who knowingly commit plagiarism, piracy, trademark or copyright infringement.

Please contact us for expeditious removal of copyrighted/trademarked content.


In many cases free copies of media and merchandise were provided in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions shared on Forces of Geek are those of the individual author.

You May Also Like


Beverly Hills Cop (1984) is a perfect film: an inverse of the “country bumpkin coming to the big city” trope that goes back to...


As far as horror films go, Longlegs has been one of the most anticipated horror films of 2024, not least thanks to its enigmatic...


As we close out the 60s, there seems to be no end to the Cold War. The current stakes are literally to the moon...


Shout! Select proudly presents the Jody Hill comedy Observe and Report on Blu-Ray this August 18. The comedy arrives at the scene with a...