Take one look at that poster above. It's probably one of the best posters I have ever seen. Why? Because A) It looks awesome and B) it says everything you need to know about the Sacrament. More than even the trailer could convey. The statement at the top is clearly a stab at the poster for 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and the retro look embodies the spirit of Hooper's film. So it's clear that West is providing an exploitative lens. The 'documented' part shows that the film will be hand shot in a found-footage/documentary style, and the 'Tragedy at Eden Parish' combined with the religious cross in the title quite obviously draws comparisons with the Jonestown Massacre. So no, professional critics, West does not wan't the climax to be a twist; you are not the only ones who have heard of the historical events that inspired it -The Sacrament is all about dread.
|'The Interview'? Not quite...|
In some nice character exposition, we learn about our hosts. West is clever and doesn't want to fall into many of the found-footage traps that most of these films do fall into. So, of course, he makes his protagonists VICE reporters - nice. Not only can he now make his film look nice, but he can tap into social issues and create a sense of realism that just makes the movie. Think about it, the story is typical of VICE, and the involvement of an actual company lends an extra dimension which, of course, is absent in most movies of this type.
It's really a film of two halves. In the first, West builds the aforementioned tension, then the second begins once night falls and Sam interviews 'The Father'. From here on in, the movie becomes a relentless game of cat and mouse, as the cult collapses in on itself and the documentarians fight to escape. Indeed, there is no shortage of gore here, but it never feels forced or overly exploitative; more playfully exploitative in appreciation of Tobe Hooper's classic. It's fast, furious, disturbing, and incredibly tense right up until the end. I highly recommend that you see it.
|A charismatic leader|
|The Sacrament gets 3 stars!|