So Marty, Isaac, and a couple of Sherpas set out to climb the mountain. After stopping briefly to chat with Chris O'Donnell to implore him to pick better scripts, they come into view of the sacrifice spot. I'm sure there's an official Biblical term for a sacrifice spot, but I don't know what it is. Isaac again worries that they didn't bring a sheep. As we get farther into the recap, you'll come to realize that the sheep are a lot like The Extras. Anyway, Marty dismisses the Sherpas with a few words, and then he and Isaac climb the rest of the way to the sacrifice spot.
Man, this director loves his wind machines. More worries from Isaac, but he's still clearly oblivious to what's going to happen. Marty sets up the altar. Isaac says, "I need to be bound." Eat some cheese. "In case my courage fails," he says. Ahh, so he does get it. Not only is this totally out of left field based on his performance up until now, but it's also not in the Bible. In the book, Isaac doesn't figure it out until after Abraham ties him up. And that's what bugs me most about this entire movie. They're freakishly accurate in some scenes; for example, the dialogue Marty speaks in dismissing the Sherpas a few paragraphs back was word for word. But then they make up this "Bind me" crap so that the actor playing Isaac can demonstrate an emotion apart from bemused stupidity.
Anyway, you learned the rest of the story in Sunday school. Marty raises his knife. The director holds this shot for way too long, considering that we learned the rest of the story in Sunday school and there's no suspense to be built. At the last minute, God intervenes, and Marty and Isaac spot a ram tangled in a bush. Marty weeps.
Back at the ranch, or ranch-style tent in this case, Jackie is giving Marty grief for being willing to kill his own kid. Marty's all about obeying God. Jackie's all about him having a son to carry on after he's gone. "The lifespan of one man is not enough," she says. The guy is supposedly six hundred years old at this point. That ought to be enough for anyone. Jacqueline Bisset is pretty good in this scene, but I just can't buy her as a caring mother. For me, the defining Jacqueline Bisset role will always be her turn as the mother who seduces Rob Lowe in Class. Sure, she was a Bond Babe. Sure, she banged Mickey Rourke in Wild Orchid. But I saw Class at an impressionable age (otherwise known as puberty) and it's just stuck with me.