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  • Summary: Charlie Shepard is a modern day faith healer, a man who claims that if you let go and believe, then his power to heal is very real indeed. Living a hand-to-mouth, blue collar existence with his wife Rebecca and young son, Charlie ekes out a meager living from his "healing" sessions. With his marriage failing, and an old drinking habit coming back to haunt him, his family is brutally murdered by unknown assailants for seemingly no reason whatsoever. (Film Harvest)

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. A weird, wordy but oddly compelling thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    50
    What keeps Godspeed from lasting power are its melodramatic swerves and less-than-revelatory acting. But despite its fissures in tone and technique, Godspeed occasionally plays like a sturdy indie outpost of revenge cinema.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    40
    The tone fits the material and the performances are surprisingly measured, but Saitzyk's sappy pontifications on loss, redemption, and zealotry don't register as headily as they're meant to (every character gets at least one melodramatic speech), and the spirituality invoked feels about as sincere as the Christian who only attends Christmas mass.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    A little less chatter and a little more splatter might have improved Godspeed, an initially intriguing but finally overwrought tale of murder, retribution and quasi-religious fanaticism set in the land of the midnight sun.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Grant
    40
    Earnest to a fault, this tale of vengeance and retribution strives for Faulknerian pathos, but never rises above amateur theatrics.
  6. Never really gets up to speed on any engrossing level, save for Michael Hardwick's notable cinematography.
  7. 25
    Quite a slog, with most of the acting strictly amateurish save the veteran Ed Lauter as a fish and game inspector.

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