Synopsis: Sacrifice is the story of consultant surgeon, Tora Hamilton, who moves with her husband, Duncan, to the remote Shetland Islands, 100 miles off the north-east coast of Scotland. Deep in the peat soil around her new home, Tora discovers the body of a young woman with rune marks carved into her skin and a gaping hole where her heart once beat. Ignoring warnings to leave well alone, Tora uncovers terrifying links to a legend that might never have been confined to the pages of the story-books.
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min


- Hello, Janice.

Doctor Hamilton.

Everything's gonna be okay.

- My baby..

- I need you to relax

your stomach muscles.


She's having a complete

placental abruption.

- What's wrong with my baby?

- Your placenta has dislodged

from the uterine lining.

Which means your baby

needs to come out right now.

Do you understand?

I'm going to perform

a c-section.


Call o-ops, tell them

we're coming down.

- Doctor Hamilton..

- Oxytocin's not working,

can you..

- Doctor Hamilton.

It's not her. It's you.

- Oh, sh*t! No!

Oh, sh*t!


- There you are.

Welcome to UNST.

Thank you for doing this.

I know adopting in America

would have been easier, but..

- I just want a baby.

- Come on. Let me

make you breakfast. Come on.

Then I'll show you

around the island.

Beautiful, eh?

- Hey... What are these things?

I see them all over the island.

- You mean the runes?

- No, these,

these carving things.

- Not ruins, I said "runes."

It's old viking script.

And you'll have to

watch yourself

as you might have people

make fun of your accent.

- I don't have an accent!

- Spoken like a true American.

Right now..

...we're north of the last

inhabited house in the UK.

The closest train station.

It's 300 kilometers that way,

in Norway.

- Really?

- Yeah.

I used to come here

when I was a kid.

It felt like

the end of the world.

- What's that?

- Oh, that?

That's-that's Tronal island.

That's where we'll be adopting

our baby from.

Are you okay?

- I just hate not knowing why.

Excuse me. I'm-I'm looking

for doctor Wickliff's office?

- Oh, he's on the third floor.

Just that way.

- Thank you.

- This is quite a CV.

- Thank you.

- I think you might find things

a lot quieter here at Saxa Vord

than you maybe used to.

- Well, I hope so.

- So how soon would you like to

get started?

If you need a week

or two to settle in..

- No, actually,

I-I'd like to keep busy.

- Idle hands are the devil's

playthings, eh?

- Something like that.

- We act as a fully

functioning hospital

and all out patient treatments.

We have oncology, pediatrics

coronary care, there's even

a psychiatrist on call.

And then anything long term,

they transfer to Lerwick.

And this is your office.

- Oh... Nice.

What's in that wing?

- Upstairs is dental,

downstairs physiotherapy

and a burns unit

and then in the basement

we have the mortuary.

- Oh, you certainly

pack it all in.

- Well, you have your

father-in-law to thank for that.

He prided himself

on the care he provided.

He said,

"just because we're an island

doesn't mean

people don't deserve the best."

- Oh, yeah, there he is.

- Is that the heartbeat?

- Yes.

- A toast

to my only son and heir

beautiful wife

and to my future grandson.

- Cheers!

- Cheers!

- It's good to have you

back, Duncan.

And, thank you, Tora,

for bringing him.

- No, thank you, Richard

for everything, for the house

for my job, for... The adoption.

- It's what families are for.

Anything you ever need,

please don't hesitate to ask.

- How are you finding

the islands dear?

- I think they're beautiful.

- And the hospital?

You're settling in?

- Ken treating you well, I hope.

- He's a prick.

- Oh, Duncan!

- Why would you say that?

- Because he's licked

dad's ass since we were kids.

He's modelled his entire

career on him.

- You're criticizing the man

for knowing what he wanted?

- Who's for pudding?

I made your favorite, Duncan.


- You spoil me, thank you.

- Tora, um..

...why don't you go and help

Elspeth with the coffee?

- Not too much sugar, sweetie.

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Peter A. Dowling

Peter Anthony Dowling is a British screenwriter and film director. He was born in Salford, England, in 1969 and started his career in children's animation in both the UK and Germany, working on cartoons such as The Raggy Dolls, Benjamin Bluemchen and Renada. After winning the Fulbright TEB Clarke Fellowship in Screenwriting 1996/7, judged by William Goldman and paid for by John Cleese, Dowling moved to the United States, briefly attending the University of Southern California, and then sold a spec screenplay to Arnold Kopelson (Platoon, Se7en) and 20th Century Fox. His first produced movie was Flightplan starring Jodie Foster which was commercially successful in the U.S. and grossed over $223,000,000 worldwide. Starting in 2007 he began to direct, and his first film was Stag Night. more…

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