The Sacrifice

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Crime

Action product from the factory of Mark L. Lester, this made-for-cable crime thriller mingles topical subject matter with heavy-duty violence. Jailed for a two million-dollar heist, Tyler Pierce (Michael Madsen) is stoically serving his sentence until he hears that his pregnant daughter, Lisa (Michele White), has been slain by the "Sweetwater Killer." Tyler...read more

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Action product from the factory of Mark L. Lester, this made-for-cable crime thriller mingles topical subject matter with heavy-duty violence. Jailed for a two million-dollar heist, Tyler Pierce (Michael Madsen) is stoically serving his sentence until he hears that his pregnant daughter, Lisa (Michele White), has been slain by the "Sweetwater Killer." Tyler escapes from the penitentiary in search of a father's justice, much enraging FBI agent Gottfried (Bokeem Woodbine), who apprehended him. Tyler eludes capture at Lisa's funeral and at his wife's home, then begs former associate Phil Lombardi (Tony Abatemarco) for help. Lombardi refuses, but his abused mistress, Naomi Cohen (Jamie Luner), is willing to provide entree into the local crime world — for a price. Tyler starts out suspecting Lisa's boyfriend, but soon turns his attentions to lowlifes with possible ties to the psycho-killer. Naomi's tip about Sgt. Burney (Wallace Merck), a crooked cop/mob bagman, enables Tyler to gain access to police documents. Unfortunately, Tyler's research only leads to a drug dealer who appropriated the real killer's modus operandi. Agent Gottfried pursues Tyler relentlessly and interferes with his investigation at every turn. After Tyler has wandered down a series of blind alleys, he returns to the facts surrounding his late daughter's pregnancy, convinced that the clue he needs is there. Naomi, who's fallen for Tyler, risks her life to trap the serial nutcase — but can they stop the Sweetwater Killer before more innocent women die to satisfy his maniacal agenda? Although some of this prolific director's pictures, like CLASS OF 1984 (1962) have earned a permanent place on the lunatic fringe of exploitation, this one has little to recommend it. With its plodding execution and colorless acting, it reeks of perfunctory effort.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Action product from the factory of Mark L. Lester, this made-for-cable crime thriller mingles topical subject matter with heavy-duty violence. Jailed for a two million-dollar heist, Tyler Pierce (Michael Madsen) is stoically serving his sentence until he h… (more)

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