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I’ve been following Taken By Grace on facebook and found the concept and trailer to be intriguing, so I was excited when the director approached me about reviewing the movie. I watched the movie last night, and it was exactly what I was anticipating and more.

The story is pretty simple. A young couple is camping when they’re carjacked by a just released prisoner and and forced to participate in his plan to assassinate his son’s killer. What makes this movie a riveting thriller, though, is the way it’s written. We never get more information than we need, and it’s always just enough to solicit more suspense.

The casting in this movie could not be improved. Angus MacFadyen is my new favorite actor. He plays Lucas Blackstone with the perfect mix of childlike innocence and psychopathic creepiness. Haylie Duff and Bradley Dorsey portray flawed Christians who manage to share spiritual truths without ever sounding preachy. What’s particularly impressive is that Haylie wasn’t signed on to the movie until the day before filming. How she managed to grasp her character so quickly is amazing.

Danielle Hoetmer gave a powerful performance in the closing scene. Kevin Downes and Jaiden Kaine were both convincing as detectives who patiently solved the mysterious crime. And rounding out the cast is the fun-loving touch of comedian Torry Martin as the convenience store clerk.

Fellow filmmakers will definitely want to read the behind the scenes story of the movie to fully appreciate the movie. I love to read stories like this of God’s hand at work on movies.

This is a great movie for teens and adults who want an edge of your seat thriller with a powerful story of forgiveness and grace.

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