Sacrifice at Tower Theater July 27-August 2

Fan Bingbing as Zhuang Ji in Sacrifice.
Fan Bingbing as Zhuang Ji in Sacrifice.

Location Info


Tower Theater

1508 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Little Havana


Starring You Ge, Xueqi Wang, and Xiaoming Huang. Directed by Kaige Chen. Written by Ningyu Zhao. 126 minutes. Not rated. Friday, July 27, through Thursday, August 2, at Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-642-1264;

Switched-at-birth sagas don't come much more convoluted than Sacrifice, Chen Kaige's latest period-piece epic, about a doctor named Cheng Ying (Ge You) who, in an effort to save the baby son of the ruling Zhao family during evil general Tu'an's (Wang Xuegi) murderous coup, sacrifices his own infant son and covertly takes the last remaining Zhao heir as his own. That turn of events alone takes nearly an hour to unfold, as Chen's 126-minute film is stuffed with twisty-turny machinations that are difficult to untangle and not especially important to the story at hand, which concerns Cheng's efforts to raise the boy, named Cheng Bo (William Wang), in the house of Tu'an, all in order to groom the kid to kill Tu'an as revenge for his own son and wife's murder. The second half thus proves to be a bizarre My Two Dads tale in which Cheng Bo is caught between cool-warrior godfather Tu'an and restrictive father Cheng, a push-pull dynamic that plays out with great sluggishness. 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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