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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 months later, he's living in isolation in a trailer in the wilderness, having turned his… More

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"Despite its fissures in tone and technique, Godspeed occasionally plays like a sturdy indie outpost of revenge cinema."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Earnest to a fault, this tale of vengeance and retribution strives for Faulknerian pathos, but never rises above amateur theatrics."
‑ Andrew Grant, Time Out New York
"Intense, brutal, intriguing and expertly executed."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"Suggests Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood but without the gallows humor or eye for regional detail."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"The location -- Sarah Palin's beautiful old stomping ground of Wasilla, Alaska -- is the main attraction in Robert Saitzyk's talky and overwrought melodrama."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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"
‑ Norm Schrager, Filmcritic.com
"Often contrived, stilted and awkwardly preachy albeit occasionally suspenseful and filled with haunting visuals."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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