Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Cuba Gooding Jr
and Christian Slater
What's it about
Tough undercover cop Gooding is dealing with tragic death of his wife and child. Slater is a priest who is having trouble in the church. Their paths cross when a criminal attempts to change his ways. Then the ďSacrificeĒ begins.
Is it good movie?
Oh, Cuba. What the hell do you think youíre doing? I know people have said this before, but itís tough to watch someone who won an Oscar, someone who had so much charisma and charm, develop into nothing. Iíve caught a few of his direct to DVD films lately, and on each one I walk away with the same feeling. Poor Cuba. He looks depressed in his movies, like he knows what heís doing is shit but just canít help himself. Like a crack head who keeps sparking up. Or fat guy who keeps returning to McDs like itís a homing beacon.
With Sacrifice, Cubaís depressed look fits right in. Dude looks tired, and based on his characterís dead family, he has a right to be. The problem is Cuba doesnít really offer anything knew to the role of the depressed drunken cop, the rebel who doesnít play by the rules. He broods, he drinks, he grumbles. Seen that a few times before. The DVD cover makes it look like an action flick, but thatís not the case. This be a drama hereÖand writer/director Damian Lee does a pretty good job creating a complex and interesting story with mostly believable problems. However, the movie canít pull of the complexity based on the acting and execution. The thing looks and plays cheap. In particular, Slater looks like he showed up a few minutes before production started and was ready to go as soon as ďcutĒ was yelled. That hurts a movie. Of course, I guess I canít really blame the actors. If they were paid poorly or knew this was headed for Redbox, I guess I wouldnít run full speed either.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Surround.
Behind the Scenes: Nothing really new here. The name of the feature says it all, doesnít it?
Itís a cheap movie with Cuba and Christian. I donít think anyone really needs a review to persuade on this one, but it case you do, Iíd recommend saving your time. Unless youíre like really bored. I mean like bed-ridden.