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Godspeed (2010)



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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 back on his old life and given up on religion. Charlie receives an unexpected visitor in Sarah (Courtney Halverson), a lovely young woman who tells him her father is severely ill and could use his help. Against his better judgment, Charlie agrees to join Sarah for the long trip back to her family's home, but when they arrive, her brothers, Luke (Cory Knauf) and Tim (Hallock Beals), make it clear they have some unpleasant business with Charlie. Directed by Robert Saitzyk, Godspeed received its world premiere at the 2009 CineVegas Film Festival, where it received a prize for "Exceptional Artistic Achievement."

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Joseph McKelheer
as Charlie Shepard
Cory Knauf
as Luke Roberts
Courtney Halverson
as Sarah Roberts
Ed Lauter
as Mitch
Jessie Ward
as Rebecca Shepard
Ben Loosli
as James Shepard
June Eck
as Lorelei
Bob Pond
as Lorelei's husband
Frank Loosli
as Mr. Sykes
Wendy Young
as Diner Waitress
Trigg Ramstad
as Davey Iverson
Jacob Moore
as Kid in Field
Lauren Worley
as Kid in Field
Desiree Massi
as Kid in Field
Simon Johnson
as Kid in Field
Kaylene Rihtarshich
as Kid in Field
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Critic Reviews for Godspeed

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

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

April 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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…

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 | Rating: 3/5

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 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Earnest to a fault, this tale of vengeance and retribution strives for Faulknerian pathos, but never rises above amateur theatrics.

March 25, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for Godspeed

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

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