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Cast: Jeffrey SS Johnson, Vincent Irizarry, Eric Roberts, Corey Feldman, Veronica Rodriguez, Ashley Noel
Ten years after his wife was killed by a drunk driver, Johnny St. James has descended into full-blown alcoholism. Having hit rock bottom, he attends his first AA meeting where he runs into the man who killed his wife.
"Worth" is a faith based film about a man that sees his life fall apart in an instant when his wife and unborn child are killed by a drunk driver. Years pass but Johnny still griefs, he has lost all his faith in God and all he seems to have on his mind is revenge. One day when he decides to attend his first AA meeting you think he may finally be ready to find peace in his life but he has other motives.
The story is pretty simple but that doesn't make in any less effective because the execution is flawless. I have reviewed a number of faith based films before this one and they all seem to follow the same formula but "Worth" brings a unique and original story with it's owns ideas but it still delievers the same strong messages other films like it have had. One of the first things I noticed about the film was it's fantastic cinematography, the first shot of Johnny sitting in his car was so crisp and beautiful it immediately grabbed by attention and I was hooked. In fact production wise the film was pretty flawless.
"Worth" has a gritty realism which is only matched by it's terrific story penned by Jason Horton and solid direction from Jenn Page. With all the good things the film had going for it right from the start all it needed was a cast that could deliver on these engaging characters and the actors here did not disappoint. Jeffrey Johnson leads the way with his powerful performance as Johnny, a man so stricken with grief all he can think about is revenge. Jeffrey makes you feel every once of his turmoil but he is not alone as far as solid performances go. Vincent Irizarry is also amazing as the man who killed Johnny's wife who just happens to run the AA meeting as well. The remaining cast all did a great job as well including Corey Feldman and the always fantastic Eric Roberts as the best friend of Johnny.
The story is filled with drama and suspense that will have you hanging on to the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. A tense and emotional thriller that gets you thinking but it never strays from delivering it's messages, that even if you hit rock bottom you can always find your way back through believing God and in yourself. I know that these faith based films can be a required taste but "Worth" is a bit different because it brings with it an original and unique story that grabs your attention right from the start and it doesn't let you go till the credits being to roll.
Director Jenn Page does a terrific job keeping the film moving at a nice pace and bringing out the best in her cast and Jason Horton shows that his writing is a step above most Independent filmmakers today. I had a great time watch this film and I recommend it to everyone, this is a film that makes think not only about the characters but about your own life as well and it leaves you thinking about it long after it is over. So even if you don't normally watch this sort of film give it a chance, you can going to be presently surprise by this amazing piece of cinema.
"Worth" will be available on DVD November 12, 2012 in Wal-Mart stores and other retail and online outlets so be sure to check it out.
**** Out Of *****