Director and writer Ti West (The Innkeepers, Dead and Lonely, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever) could have done a way better job with this movie. He wrote it well but failed at executing the movie. The Sacrament (2013) is about reenacting the story of the Jonestown Massacre. The Jonestown Massacre is a real life event that happened on November 18, 1978 in Port Kaituma and Georgetown, Guyana. Nine hundred and eighteen people died on that day from what some people say is a mass murder but is declared by Jones as a mass suicide. Jones was the commander and he chose who dies. The Jonestown Massacre was the largest deliberate mass death in history until September 11, 2001.
I am not a fan of found footage films but I came across a few that I like. The Sacrament is one found footage film that I do not like, I think it is a waste of time and I do not recommend anyone to watch it. Imagine an actor going in front of a camera (several times) and looking into it and telling the audience that the camera is going to keep on so that there will be a record of everything that happens. The viewers know that the whole idea of found footage is for the camera to be rolling so why ruin any chance the movie had of being realistic or the scene being realistic at all. I really had a headache with the hand held shaky camera footages. It appeared as it was meant for the camera to be shaky which seems to be so wrong to me in so many ways.
I will not be seeing this film again but I am happy that I did see it because I gained some knowledge from it. The film enticed me to inquire more about the Jonestown Massacre.
About The Sacrament 2013
Starring: Graham Reznick, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Helen Rogers, Nick Damici, Millie Wannamaker, Heather Robb, Michael Vincent, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley, John Deifer, Cal Johnson, Shawn Parsons, Donna Biscoe, Sean Reid, Tony Brown, Amy Seimetz, Jermaine Rivers, Glenn D. Bridges, Dale Neal, Victor A. Lawrence, Tammy Cleveland, Gene Jones, Dallas Johnson, Shirley Jones Byrd, Shavone Gadsden, Dennis Clark, Tovin A. Pristell, Carolyn McIver, Lawrence Edward Staab
Director: Ti West
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