Sacrifice (2000) starring Michael Madsen, Bokeem Woodbine, Jamie Luner, Diane Farr, Deborah Shelton, Michelle Lintel directed by Mark L. Lester Movie Review

Sacrifice (2000)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Michael Madsen in Sacrifice (2000)

The Good, The Bad and The Entertaining

Tyler 'Iceman' Pierce (Michael Madsen) made a mistake during a bank robbery and whilst he gets away ends up being identified by a guard and arrested. It is during his time inside he receives a call from his ex-wife's new husband to inform him that his daughter has been killed in the park down in Sweetwater where she had been working with a serial killer suspected of the crime as she had her throat slashed. Whilst being transported to another facility Tyler escapes and sets about hunting down the man who murdered his daughter, ending up joining forces with good time girl Naomi (Jamie Luner - Trust). But whilst Tyler is on the trail of the serial killer Agent Gottfried (Bokeem Woodbine - Devil) of the FBI is on his trail.

"Sacrifice" is the sort of movie I enjoy because it is nonsense but entertaining for being such as we have Michael Madsen playing it super cool, mean and moody as a man in need of revenge. It is simply the sort of movie where the good things will entertain you but the bad things will entertain you just as much.

Jamie Luner in Sacrifice (2000)

Now I watch a lot of TV movies and a lot which claim to be brutal and whilst "Sacrifice" is by no means what I call brutal it is more violent than you get from most TV movies. We get an early scene where a topless woman, yes this movie frequently titillates, emerges from the water only to get her throat slashed by someone she appears to know with the scene being short and sharp with her lifeless body on the floor covered in blood. That scene is sort of representative of the movie as it is an entertaining scene, being surprising yet also bad with the titillation and what clearly looks like fake blood.

The thing is that there isn't a great deal more to say about "Sacrifice" as every scene has good and bad going on; when ever we have the agents chasing Tyler it borders on comedy from Bokeem Woodbine over doing the ineptness to failures in realism as whilst they stake out a house they have their flashing lights going. Yet when ever the serial killer does his thing it is brutal although comical due to some poor acting from the victims. Aside from that it is a case that Michael Madsen doing cool is entertaining whilst Jamie Luner is smoking hot and that is it.

What this all boils down to is that "Sacrifice" is really a bad movie; it has weak acting, poor action and irrelevant subplots. Yet all the wrong stuff ends up being as entertaining as the right stuff which makes "Sacrifice" surprisingly enjoyable.