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Written by Joseph B. Mauceri   
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 00:20
RELEASING: Film Harvest
SYNOPSIS: Charlie Shepard (MCKELHEER) is a blue-collar, modern day healer whose family is murdered for seemingly no reason whatsoever. Six months after the murders, a young, enigmatic girl SARAH ROBERTS (HALVERSON) appears in town pleading for Charlie’s help with her own grief-stricken father after her mother’s death.

Sarah’s reasons for seeking out Charlie unravel slowly and mysteriously. She hopes to save her own brother LUKE (KNAUF) from a deep darkness while at the same time helping to redeem Charlie from his own grief and loss of faith.

Sarah takes Charlie on a journey deep into the Alaskan wilderness where the truth of his family’s killings will be revealed, ultimately leading to violent, tragic consequences. Unfortunately for Sarah, her good intentions backfire in a “twist of irony” that no one could have predicted. (Provided by studio)

CREW: Director/Editor/Screenplay - Robert Saitzyk; Screenplay - Cory Knauf; Story - Cory Knauf and Joseph McKelheer; Producers - Houston King & John Flanagan; Cinematography - Michael Hardwick; Score - Jeremy Grody & Justin Melland; Costume Design - Alexis Beck; Visual Effects - Ingenuity Engine VFX.

CAST: JOSEPH MCKELHEER… Charlie Shepard; CORY KNAUF… Luke Roberts; COURTNEY HALVERSON… Sarah Roberts; ED LAUTER… Mitch; JESSIE WARD… Rebecca Shepard; HALLOCK BEALS… Tim; LYNN ADRIANNA FREEDMAN… Belle; BEN LOOSLI… James Shepard; RON HOLMSTROM… Oscar; JUNE ECK… Lorelei; BOB POND…Lorelei's Husband; FRANK LOOSLI…Mr. Sykes.

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.- Robert Saitzyk’s GODSPEED is a beautifully shot, skillfully crafted, and a well acted thriller. The cinematography is breathtaking. Saitzyk and Cinematographer Michael Hardwick capture exquisite shots of the Alaskan wilderness. It conveys the vastness of one of the few places left on earth where you can still feel the grandeur of nature. Technically it’s an impressive film. There are many facets that deservedly place in on par with the best independent features of the past decade.

Writers/Actors Joseph McKelheer and Cory Knauf do an exceptional job creating their tormented characters on screen. I felt McKelheer’s performance is slightly more interesting due to the extremes his character must portray. Fellow actors Halverson and Beals are equally impressive, adding depth and tension to the film, but I honestly felt that veteran actor Ed Lauter was walking through his scenes. His monologue even felt a tad hooky.

The screenplay is an engaging premise, examining personal beliefs, crises of faith, and characters pushed to drastic measures to resolve their personal issues. There are times when the dialogue and plot bring to mind such films as David Mamet’s “The Edge,” “There Will Be Blood,” or The Cohen Brothers’ “No Country for Old Men.” GODSPEED even flirts with the borders of horrific extremes like Wes Craven’s “The Last House of the Left.” The film possesses several great monologues, some interesting dialogue, but unfortunately, for me, the film never achieves the true greatness of the previously mentioned films. When you consider a film like “The Usual Suspects,” there is a character the audience doesn’t see for 98% of the film. The other characters are all so vibrant, so multidimensional, that they call forth the ghost of Keyser S
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