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  • Summary: When single father Tom Hawkins' (Kevin O'Donnell) son is abducted and murdered, the FBI, led by agent Mike Sheehy (James Naughton), notify him that the homicide appears to be part of a string of crimes carried out by an enigmatic sect. In response, Hawkins inserts himself into the investigation and embarks on a cunning path of revenge as he reaches deep into his religious beliefs for guidance, but once the improbable killer is revealed, the aftermath can only be sorted out by God. Expand
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Aug 14, 2014
    40
    The Word is never boring, though that has as much to do with the mounting absurdities and ripe acting as it does with the resourceful use of crosscutting by the director, Gregory W. Friedle.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Aug 14, 2014
    30
    Fails to rise above the inherent sordidness of the subject matter. It’s indifferently acted and directed, though it generates a measure of suspense and queasy fascination.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Aug 12, 2014
    20
    Attempts to offer the white-knuckle gratifications of a studio procedural with a conspicuous lack of production values, screen talent, plausibility, originality, or a lick of aesthetic flair.
  4. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Aug 14, 2014
    0
    Director Gregory W. Friedle, his cast, and crew perform their jobs so poorly across the board, it’s an inadvertent negative demonstration of the professionalism separating even the shoddiest Hollywood production from this kind of self-financed amateur-hour attempt.

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