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A troubled young man finds faith in hokum in 'The River Thief'

A troubled young man finds faith in hokum in 'The River Thief'

It’s entirely fitting that “The River Thief” is an unabashedly faith-based drama — it would take a considerable leap of faith to find many redemptive qualities in this hackneyed, heavy-handed first feature written and directed by YA author N.D. Wilson.

Meet Diz (Joel Courtney), a resentful young teen thief who, although steadfastly refusing to accept handouts, has been stealing his way through the Pacific Northwest towns dotting the Snake River.

But when he hits the mother lode, ripping off a cool million from a crazed drug lord (mixed martial artist Bas Rutten), he finds himself dodging both vengeful cartel types and a dirty cop (Paul Johansson),...

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