The Sacrifice of the film is based on John Hebron's (Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire
)) own sacrifice, where upon this undercover cop who took down a drug lord, had his wife & child murderd by those who he had imprisoned in reprisal. We watch on as this haunted & depressed man tries to continue his job with the help of a self service bar in his 4x4 & disregard for his own life & the rules. But a ray of light might give him redemption, as he comes across drug dealer Mike (Devon Bostick -Diary of a Wimpy Kid
) who wants out from his boss Jade (Lara Daans -King of Sorrow
), to save himself & his little sister Angel (Arcadia Kendal), who are in danger form the head honco Arment (Kim Coates -Sons of Anarchy
). In step John & his priest friend Father Porter (Christian Slater-Broken Arrow
) who is no ordianry priest, to save the day & give John a reason to live.
Sacrifice is in every way the straight to DVD film it is. Cuba Gooding Jr's acting performance is good & the action sequences he is in are decent. Christian Slater was ok in his handfull of short scenes & Kim Coates added his usual menace to the baddie roles he is well known for. The odd choice to cast the baby faced Devon Bostick as some sort of low life drug dealer, who looks barley legal to drink, was a bit of a mistake. He acted well enough, but didnt seem right for the part, although i can see what they were trying to do, innocent kid caught up in a bad world through no fault of his own. There were some unecessary sex scenes, odd scenes in general that didnt add to the film, along with the odd plot hole & cliche.
The only saving grace's of the film, along with the expereince from the main cast, was the performance from Lara Daans as the sexy yet vicious Jade, and the fact that after 45 minutes or so, the film actually became quite interesting, if you hadnt turned off yet by that stage, that is. The story certainly had potential, but the lack of momentum up until well over the halfway point, left me watching the clock more then the film. It's sad to see Cuba Gooding Jr. pushing out these DVD quality films, as he seems to be drifting off into Wesley Snipes territory with this offering. He just needs to pick some better role's consistanly, as sadly, Sacrifice is another road block for his carrer to skid around & get back on track, c'mon Cuba!
In conclusion, Sacrifice makes for a half decent film at best, if you can sit through the slow pace of the opening 45 minutes, you'll be rewarded at least with a somewhat interesting finale. Not worth the sacrifice getting there though.