Sacrifice Review: A Thriller Movie With Peter A. Dowling’s Mark

The Peter A. Dowling movie’s very design turns out to be a whimpered bark followed by a toothless bite.

The Movie focuses on Dr. Hamilton (Radha Mitchell) who moved to an island of Scotland to adopt a baby with her husband Duncan (Rupert Graves) This after suffering four miscarriages. One day she discovers a corpse marked with symbols and realizes that the woman died shortly after giving birth. The matter is being investigated, while the people of the island are trying to convince her that she’s being paranoid about the issue. Later on a conspiracy involving missing women and a secret society appears trying to dwell into more sinister territories. Describing it sounds quite interesting, but it’s not, the whole thing feels pressured and very unconvincing and any sort of tension is nonexistent.

The film has a very conventional style and looks really conventional too, nothing feels tense or even sinister and you’ll begin to wonder if something truly exciting will ever happen. Even the score is humdrum and forces you to try to feel what apparently you must feel in the different sequences, but that is insufficient for us as spectators when we no longer are interested in what is happening on screen.

Radha Mitchell is barely convincing, but you should give her some credit because the script is too simplistic and devoid of true vision. The director’s style is lacking of true quality and the way in which he develops the film makes it feel abrupt especially at the end and almost all the scenes are lifeless.

Movie Info

Rating: NR

Director: Peter A. Dowling

Genre(s): Thriller

Cast: Radha Mitchell, Rupert Graves, Ian McElhinney, Hilary Rose, David Robb, Joanne Crawford, Liam Carney

Runtime: 91 min

What are the Critics saying about Sacrifice?

Gary Goldstein (Los Angenles Times)

That the film looks good matters little when director Peter A. Dowling’s script, based on the novel by Sharon Bolton, is filled with so many thinly drawn characters, blunt warning signs and telegraphed plot points.

Glenn Kenny  (The New York Times)

Dowling’s direction, while competent, also trots out every cliché that a 90-minute movie can contain.

Nick Allen (

A unique kind of very bad movie. The spectacle of this misbegotten thriller is not amusing enough to recommend to fans of casual movie cheesiness. But it’s the filmmaking choices that made me laugh out loud.

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