The Sacrament (2013) Movie Review

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The Sacrament (2013)

2013 | R | Horror, Thriller
99 minutes / 1h 39min

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The Sacrament Plot Synopsis:

The journalist Patrick works at the VICE, a company dedicated to cover bizarre news. When his sister Caroline joins a community, she travels abroad with her new family. Out of the blue, Caroline invites her brother to visit her in an undefined country and Patrick travels by helicopter with his friends Jake and Sam that work with him at VICE. They find weird that the men that have come to guide them to the Eden Parish have guns. On the arrival to the camp, Patrick, Sam and Jake find a community of happy people that worship Father. They interview Father but soon they realize that people are not as happy as they seem to be. Further, they find that they are trapped in the Parish Eden and they want to leave the place with the newcomers. But the Father does not have intention to let them go.

The Sacrament (2013) Review

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.

  • The Sacrament Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 5.13
  • IMDB: 6.1
  • MetaCritic: 4.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.2

About The Sacrament 2013

Title: The Sacrament
Year: 2013
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.56/5 stars from 14,822 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14,822
MPAA Rating: R
The Sacrament Cast Starring: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Cal Johnson, Nick Damici, Millie Wannamaker, Helen Rogers, Graham Reznick, Michael Vincent, Tony Brown, Amy Seimetz, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley, John Deifer, Heather Robb, Sean Reid, Shawn Parsons, Derek Roberts, Andrea Weingarten, Talia Dobbins, John H. Simmons Jr., Ramon Bryant, Mark Ezra Stokes, Lj Smith, Debi Day, Nathan L. Nelson, Dale Neal, Jermaine Rivers, Glenn D. Bridges, Gene Jones, Dallas Johnson
The Sacrament Writers: NA
The Sacrament Director: Ti West
Box Office: $4,475
Production: Magnet Releasing
Language: English
Country: USA