The Word (2014)




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The film follows a single father, Tom Hawkins (Kevin O'Donnell) whose life is destroyed when his son is kidnapped and murdered. When informed by the FBI, led by agent Mike Sheehy (Naughton), that the homicide appears to be part of a string of crimes carried out by an enigmatic, religious sect, Tom decides to take matters into his own hands. Ultimately he is faced with a challenging moral decision: should he follow his religious beliefs and let the law take its course or continue to seek revenge and hope God will show him forgiveness? (C) Scarlet Sky Productions
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Kevin O'Donnell
as Tom Hawkins
James Naughton
as Mike Sheehy
Kelly Au Coin
as Sean HHiggins
Maggie Lacey
as Tracy Brodeur
Quincy Dunn-Baker
as Andrew Miller
Michael Shulman
as David Richardson
Natalia Payne
as Lisa Zeliski
Brian Sgambati
as Anthony Fiore
Chase Blackburn
as Rick Taylor
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Critic Reviews for The Word

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

However unintentional, the film does prompt an analysis of the costs and benefits of vigilantism.

Full Review… | December 23, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

A basic cheapness, both of intent and execution, pervades this thriller queasily centered around a child's kidnapping and murder.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014
Film Journal International

Scenes in The Word all too frequently consist of characters telling each other in great detail things we've just seen in the previous scenes, sometimes in the exact same language.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
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