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Chen's attention to character over spectacle pays minimal dividends and is compounded by the fact that his battles - full of standard-issue slow motion and hacked-off limbs - are as dull as an overused blade.
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Sacrifice is mostly a melodrama concerned with deception, betrayal and just what makes a family. It is handsomely done and well-acted, but it lacks real energy or purpose.
It's tough to care about characters who spend most of their lives obsessing over the violent deaths of others.
Sacrifice is practically a chamber piece, and duly draws its strength from its performances, especially those of Ge and Wang.
In Sacrifice, about a father who loses his son to the power of the state, it is difficult to miss the parallels with Chen's own life.
Chen's direction is his most staid yet, but the riveting story speaks for itself.
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