Godspeed. Reviewed by Brian Kirst
More of a twisted drama with horrific elements (featuring the torture and kidnapping of the flawed protagonist in the film’s final act), Godspeed feels almost like it could be as at home on the stage as it is in the cinema. Investigating the failures of modern religion and the essence of the soul, director Robert Saitzyk and co-scripter Cory Knauf’s (who also provides a razor thin, clarifying performance)piece is full of philosophical character confrontations and nicely scripted contemplation before violence and anger consume its landscape in its penultimate moments.
In (a wildly beautiful) Alaska, the handsome and charismatic Charlie Shepard has set himself up as a semi-authentic faith healer, but after his family is murdered in a vengeful spree, redemption is only found in the arms of a beautiful young stranger. Or is it?
With finely tuned performances (particularly from co-creator, Joseph McKelheer , recognizable from 8 Films to Die For’s The Hamiltons and the April Fools Day remake, as Shepard), Godspeed also features a heart sickening, rock entrusted murder, involving one of the film’s errant youngsters, in the film’s final moments – a highly recommended event in itself, particularly for those who embrace the sound of popping grapes on wet cement! Enjoy!