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Godspeed (2009)

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40

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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18

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Average Rating: 2.4/5
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A man learns too well that one shouldn't promise more than he can actually deliver in this independent thriller. Charlie (Joseph McKelheer) lives in Alaska with his wife, Rebecca (Jessica Ward), and young son, James (Ben Loosli). Charlie makes a modest living as a preacher and faith healer, but he's come to question his faith, and tries to dull the pain of doubt with alcohol and affairs with other women. Charlie's life is turned upside down when Rebecca and James are brutally murdered; six

Unrated,

Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Cory Knauf, Robert Saitzyk

Apr 20, 2010

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (5)

Despite its fissures in tone and technique, Godspeed occasionally plays like a sturdy indie outpost of revenge cinema.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Opens tentatively but ends confidently with a climax that's bloody enough to jolt but not enough to sicken -- a trick that too many directors have yet to master.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The location -- Sarah Palin's beautiful old stomping ground of Wasilla, Alaska -- is the main attraction in Robert Saitzyk's talky and overwrought melodrama.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Earnest to a fault, this tale of vengeance and retribution strives for Faulknerian pathos, but never rises above amateur theatrics.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Saitzyk's sappy pontifications on loss, redemption, and zealotry don't register as headily as they're meant to, and the spirituality invoked feels about as sincere as the Christian who only attends Christmas mass.

March 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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All the theological themes and delicate cinematography in the world can't alter the fact that watching someone get theirs simply makes us feel better

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Intense, brutal, intriguing and expertly executed.

March 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

This tautly wound and even more tightly paced mini-epic of love, loss, and redemption deep in the heart of God's country (aka Alaska) is nothing if not awe-inspiring.

March 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Often contrived, stilted and awkwardly preachy albeit occasionally suspenseful and filled with haunting visuals.

March 27, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Suggests Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood but without the gallows humor or eye for regional detail.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Godspeed

The things one's faith and beliefs will make them do; finding justification in taking another's life.
May 14, 2010
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