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A Twist of Faith (1999)

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Vancouver Police Detective Henry Smith is consumed by a desire to solve a religiously-fueled crime, but soon the tables turn and he finds himself a target.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry Smith
... Alex Hunt
... Frankovich
... Monika Stoeks
... Beth Smith
Lauren Diewold ... Shannon Smith
Sean Day Michael ... Robert Smith
... Detective Rourke
Guy Fauchon ... Detective Samuels
Robin Webb ... James
Ben Johnson ... Young Alex Hunt
Micki Maunsell ... Slum Lord
John Wardlow ... Father Martin
Harrison Coe ... Maxie
... Jenson


Vancouver Police Detective Henry Smith is one of those investigating the murder of Roman Catholic Father Martin, who was crucified in his own church. Soon, others are also murdered, their dead bodies either hung in crucifixion or laid in such a manner. The detectives realize that they are dealing with a serial killer with a very personal and religious agenda. In the middle of the investigation is powerful publisher Alexander Hunt, a major benefactor to the church who the detectives believe is either the killer or the next victim. Despite being an atheist, Henry believes solving this case will offer some redemption in his own life, one that includes guilt over a recent on the job death of a colleague, dealing with a recovering drug addicted brother, and waiting for the potentially terminal diagnosis of an adolescent daughter. The case takes a turn for Henry when a personal connection to him is identified. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

28 July 1999 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Beyond Redemption  »

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The character, Samuels, is a priest in the movie. In the end credits, his character is listed as Detective Samuels. See more »


Alex Hunt: I used to feel a million things, and now I feel... nothing.
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Written by Sarah Johns and Tim McKenzie
Performed by Sarah Johns
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why, not who
13 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

it was 2 am and this came on cinemax and as i am ridiculously intrigued by serial-kiler movies i had to watch this, saying i'd turn it off after a few minutes. well, that didnt happen. the thing that made me want to watch this wasn't to find out who the killer was, after a while i lost interest in that, but WHY they were doing it. the whole religious aspect was creepy from the beginning b/c an exceptionally nice priest is killed and a tape is left behind with the killer screaming in Latin, "if you're you so powerful why don't you stop me?". it sets this really creepy tone for the killer and you want to know what this guy's religious hang-ups are. the suspense of that is quite well done. as far as acting goes, i was pleasantly surprised by some of it. i think mc carthy can be quite good with the right material and even though this is straight to video fare, he's actually worth watching. of course, some of the dialogue really needs to go and a subplot involving the captain's dead son and mc carthy's guilt really was unncessary, but his persona as a detective worked well. you wont even remember that this was the skinny guy who played Blaine (a household appliance of a name, according to Ducky) in Pretty in Pink. mc carthy's interactions with his partner leave you with some memorable lines and their time together makes the film amusing. however, michael ironside is so wooden in his role that it drags the thing on slowly. at times he's ok, but not when its necessary to show true emotion. his scenes in the finale are painful to watch for the wrong reasons. mc carthy's wife wasnt played with much force, and either were some of the supporting characters with the exception of the woman with "perfect faith" who works for the church. at first mc carthy's atheist character seemed to have this point simply for the plot but at the end, i feel that the change in his beliefs will feel deserved by the audience. overall- the scenes of the city at night will seem like they are taken out of a movie from 1983 rather than 1999 and were a bit cheesy. the set could have needed a bit more lighting (this film can not try to be on par with the deservedly gloomy Seven). the "why" behind the killer's actions was ok, definitely a little creepy but yet i really got annoyed by the old woman mc carthy talks to who gives the audience this information. who the hell was she? and why did she have such a ridiculously overdone accent?

i think that the movie is worthwhile if you want to see mc carthy in a role he isnt' typically known for and if you want a creepy movie that isnt TOO creepy a la Seven. i didnt see the video box like the above viewer did but i still want to hear what anyone else thought about this film. its obviously B movie stuff but if a more enlivened actor would have played the killer i think it could have been good. mc carthy gave his character his best shot, i think.

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