I’ve read a few reviews of this movie criticizing is for its lack of subtlety and how it’s basically a retelling of a real event, the Jonestown massacre. The second part is true and that aspect isn’t supposed to be subtle, nor is anything in the film for that matter.
I’m kind of a nut for shit like this so I practically listen to the Jonestown recording just to fall asleep at night. This movie really brought me to a place I’d long given up on mentally visiting. After all, given the horrific nature of the real life incident, it’s almost impossible to conceptually understand what exactly went on, even with the aid of the recordings.
The Sacrament puts you right there, these are real fucking people that believe in an intangible cause. Oh and jesus fuck how did I wait to long to rant about this. You want to talk about fucking subtlety in film making? The real death toll was almost 9 fucking times more than the death toll in this movie. Real people were murdered when they tried to leave, how the fuck anyone even feels the need to talk about “subtlety” in reference to Jonestown is unfathomable.
If you couldn’t already tell I loved this movie, the pseudo-Jim Jones actor is great and the entire experience was unnerving. The source material does most of the leg work but that doesn’t discredit a successful horror film.