The Sacrament

A trio of independent TV journalists ventures into a utopian commune in an unnamed country because one of them received a letter from his former-addict sister, and also because it might make for a good story. (It’s in found-footage format. I know. Groan.)

The intriguing first half of this film by Ti West has the three falling for the place’s egalitarian charm and its charismatic “father” (Gene Jones, exuding low-key malevolence). Until minor clues create a vague sense of unease. It then devolves into a pointless and exploitative re-creation of the Jonestown mass suicide. A disappointment. Japanese title: Sacrament: Shi no Rakuen. (95 min)