“The Sacrament” is an American “found footage” horror thriller film directed by acclaimed writer/director Ti West (“The House of the Devil”) and master of horror Eli Roth. The movie had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2013 .The movie’s plot revolves around the real life events such as the Jonestown Massacre of 1978. Two journalists begin a journey to document their friend’s search to find his missing sister. Read on for the Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “The Sacrament” movie review and synopsis.
“The Sacrament” Synopsis:
“The Sacrament” stars A.J. Bowen as Sam and Joe Swanberg as Jake. They are reporters for VICE Media who journey to a far-off Central American region along with a photographer played by Kentucker Audley hoping to bring back his sister Caroline played by Amy Seimetz. Caroline who was struggling with drug addiction has gone missing. They travel to “Eden Parish,” a self-sufficing utopia, a secluded village of nearly 200 true believers committed to a vague but enigmatic figure called “Father.” Initially cynical, the journalists begin to accept as true the group’s unworldly claims, until things swiftly take a very sinister spin. As their mate reunites with his sister, it becomes noticeable to the reporters that this heaven is way beyond their imagination. Their documentary shoot rapidly becomes a race for survival.
“The Sacrament” Movie Review:
“The Sacrament” goes beyond dreadfulness, delivering a gripping, relatable story about the dangers of extremism along with a wise warning about the inadvertent task the paparazzi can possibly play in igniting violence plainly by filming capricious events.
West’s film makes use of an astute variation on the found-footage technique. As the film opens, a slab of text appears elucidating that the company behind the following footage, Vice, is a “New York City based multimedia company” that is “known for covering provocative and controversial stories usually overlooked by the mainstream media.” The prologue also states that the troupe utilizes a style of film making called “immersionism.”
MovieRehab called it “one of the darkest portrayals of humanity ever put to screen.”
ReelFilm has given a mixed but more upbeat review, calling it a “passable thriller that could (and should) have been so much better, with the less-than-novel premise, unfortunately, negatively coloring everything that transpires over the course of the film’s slightly overlong running time.”
West is an intelligent filmmaker who makes movies fastened with trivial but convinced in-jokes for discriminating viewers. Hence the movie is worth watching.
According to movieinsider.com, “The Sacrament” will be released (limited) on Friday, June 6, 2014 in U.S. theatres.
Critical reception has been very positive so far. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) reported that “The Sacrament” is rated R for disturbing violent content including bloody images, language, and brief drug use. Ratings: 6.3/10 from 1,630 users
“The Sacrament” received three and half stars out of four.
As of this writing, Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a rating of 5.4 /10 or 70% in its Tomatometer, based on 30 critics’ reviews. 74% of the audience reportedly wants to watch it, based on 1,541 user ratings. Metacritic has given “The Sacrament” a metascore of 55/100 based on the seven critics’ reviews.
“The Sacrament” which stars Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, and Kentucker Audley screened to upbeat results at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals.
Official Site: http://www.magnetreleasing.com/thesacrament/
Production: Worldview Entertainment
Genres: Thriller, Horror
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