Release date: 2009
Ammended Review: Sacrifice is a short film (some 9 minutes) that I stumbled across on iTunes and thought I would give a go. It suffers, as many a short film does, with too much story background lost because of a curtailed running time. However it also does something rather wonderful in respect of faith and the vampiric reaction to religious icons and phenomena.
It also juxtaposes a richly gothic location with the modern starkness of Melbourne’s underground system.
|the next target|
|casting a long shadow|
My originally posted review continued onwards with spoilers, not for the sake of spoilers but because of something the film does. However I was contacted by Robert Jukic, the director, who very nicely asked if it was possible for me to tone down the spoilers. I understand why and will thus only say that the film does something with the concept of faith that is superb and further say that this device did increase the short’s score and make it genre essential.
The final score is despite what I mentioned regarding the film’s lack of backstory. I’d have liked to know more about the stranger– marvellously portrayed by Terry Camilleri – for instance where does he get his intel from? In fact the film generates more and more questions and 9 minutes is not enough time to allow answers to be given. However Robert Jukic has also let me know that Sacrifice was a teaser and test piece, and the ultimate goal would be to produce a feature trilogy in which we would gain answers to many of these questions. Fingers crossed for that but for now the short gets 7 out of 10.
The imdb page is here and the film’s homepage is here.