Friday, October 23, 2015

The Sacrament

(2013) **1/2

2.5 stars because this movie has already been done. It was called Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Which is the reason why I never liked Powers Boothe, who played Jim Jones.
I have no idea why there is a rapper named after him

VICE NEWS worker Patrick receives a letter from his sister Caroline, inviting him to come visit Eden Parish where everyone is in happyland.
Patrick travels with his co-workers Sam and Jake, who decide to document this trip. When they arrive by helicopter to the parish, they are greeted by angry men yelling at them with guns. They are told to turn the camera off, but the camera guy Jake tries to secretly film the interaction. Caroline meets them at the gate reassuring them that everything is alright and that there was a misunderstanding with the armed men. She is a happy hippy taking them on a tour, showing them their happy life and explaining that it wouldn't have been that way without "the Father".
"The Father"
reminded me of
Interviewer Sam asks to talk to the Father, which Caroline replied that she would ask for his permission. Everything seems happy-go-lucky until they come across an unhappy mother and daughter who turn them away.
 Their interview is granted, but cut short due to a celebration that is also happening that night. There are constant red flags that make them realize this definitely isn't Eden! I was intrigued because it was done by Eli Roth and Ti West, but kept seeing too many similarities to Jonestown. It was a little saddening because that was based on a true story. See Jonestown Massacre-


JPX said...

I have to respectively disagree, I loved this movie !

Catfreeek said...

That cartoon fish really looks like him.

Octopunk said...

My friend Hans's parents were very politically active in the sixties, and they met Jim Jones before he set up in Guyana. Hans told me they said you could tell right away he was crazy.

AC said...

There is something extra disturbing about this plot, supporting the theme that the worst monsters may be human.