Friday 6 June 2014

"The Sacrament" (The Guardian 06/06/14)

The Sacrament **
Dir: Ti West. With: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz. 95 mins. Cert: 15

Following a run of notable horror reproductions (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), Ti West’s latest feels both more expansive – choppering Vice reporters into a seemingly progressive tropical utopia raises intriguing social themes – and yet a marked disappointment. For an hour, West’s usual virtues – worked-over characterisation, solid performances, pacing that prefers growing unease to cheap shocks – are to the fore. Then the cat emerges from the bag, and drags the better ideas away: the finale’s limp hide-and-seek, threaded around a very flat, uninflected replay of a major tragedy. Cackling producer Eli Roth may be to blame; West has done and can do better.

The Sacrament opens at London's Prince Charles Cinema tonight.

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