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A story of epic revenge, Sacrifice focuses on a power hungry general who wipes out his rival along with his entire family, save for one newborn. The infant is protected by the doctor who delivered him and raises him as his own, hoping to mold him into his own instrument of retribution. -- (C) Samuel Goldwyn
Jul 27, 2012 Limited
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With its widescreen compositions and flame-illuminated interiors, "Sacrifice" is visually entrancing. Yet the movie is not just an exercise in style.
It is handsomely done and well-acted, but it lacks real energy or purpose.
Perhaps it's all that armor, or that even the estimable Mr. Wang seems exhausted by the film's dolorous themes, but it's tough to care about characters who spend most of their lives obsessing over the violent deaths of others.
Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine) cowrote and directed, and his talent for psychological drama isn't really suited to this sort of broad, mythic storytelling.
It charges out of the gate in Indiana Jones style, employing so many plot twists that you may need a scorecard. Then after an hour or so, it settles into an intimate, character-driven drama, before its low-key yet thought-provoking finale.
Now who exactly are those two guys slurping noodles? Are they both doctors? Why do they matter?
Both a thrilling swordplay epic as well as an intimate chamber drama about clashing filial loyalties.
The master's touch is evident throughout a carefully calibrated drama that builds to a shocking tragedy.
Chinese film fans will be intrigued by a shift to more human, less spectacle-based storytelling.
Chen can't seem to decide whether he's making a fable or something more down-to-earth, but Sacrifice works either way, if not both at once.
There are some wonderful wuxia-style fight scenes spread throughout, and a last duel finally shifts all the plodding backstory into a visual spectacle.
A widowed father grooms his son to be a killer in a sweeping drama set in fifth-century B.C. China.
A historical melodrama that retains an ancient, elemental pull even as it insufficiently charts motivation and the self-denying values of antiquity.
Techs are terrific, from costume to cinematography, giving the film a lovely look.
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