Friday, December 2, 2016

Movie review: Sacrifice

Surgeon Tora and her husband move temporarily to the remote Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland in hopes of adopting a child. Instead Tora uncovers a disturbingly mutilated corpse in her yard that leads to even more disturbing pagan rituals.

Radha Mitchell (Tora), Rupert Graves (Duncan), Ian McElhinney (D.I. McKie), David Robb (Richard), Hilary Rose (Janice), Joanne Crawford (Sgt. Tulloch), Megan Riordan (Janet), Liam Carney (Mr. Grey), Peter Vollebregt (Wickliff).

Sacrifice begins well enough with character introductions that roll smoothly into the main plot. As Tora and her husband engage in a strict adoption process requiring their move to a remote island, things get much more interesting. Tora uncovers a horribly mutilated female corpse in their yard which leads her to uncover some disturbing pagan rituals. While this builds the mystery well, the mystery itself isn't very deep, leaving entertainment to plot points and action scenes which are largely mediocre. The film ends quietly with few surprises.

Acting was decent with Mitchell delivering well. Graves also did nicely and played well against Mitchell. Crawford was enjoyable as well, bringing a bit more depth to things. The remainder of the cast was solid throughout.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with nice execution and well used natural scenery. Action scenes were mild but solid. Dialogue exposed nice depth and kept things moving along. Sound and soundtrack were typical for a reasonably budgeted film.

Sacrifice ends up being a fairly well done film incorporating mild horror, mystery, and thriller aspects in a solid storyline. Technical work is good and acting solid, however the film generates only medium engagement with the audience. Those who enjoy lighter horror should enjoy this one.

There is some fairly graphic gore, and violence, but this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 11.12.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Irish Films

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