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Sanctum (3D)
« on: February 09, 2011, 02:37:59 AM »

James Cameron's Sanctum

Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffud, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Daniel Wyllie, Christopher Baker, Nicole Downes, Allison Cratchley, Cramer Cain, Andrew Hansen

Directed by: Alister Grierson

Plot Synopsis: Sanctum follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherouos expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accesible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea. Master diver Frank McGuire (Roxburgh) has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But, when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team -- including 17-year-old son Josh (Wakefield) and financier Carl Hurley (Gruffud) -- are confronted with the unavoidable question: can they survive, or will they be trapped forever? [taken from Rotten Tomatoes]

My Thoughts: I went to see this movie late on Friday night with a few friends. Having not read much about it, and taking into account that it's written by James Cameron, I was expecting an entertaining action-adventure. Sanctum didn't dissapoint. Whilst the plot can pretty much be summed up by the movies tagline - "The only way out is down" - the plot was
suitably fast paced, and there were elements of survival horror to keep me gripped on the edge of my seat. Scenes to look out for include one near the beginning of the movie involving buddy breathing, another in the middleinvolving the rather gruesome death of a female character, and one near the end which sees Josh help his father out.
The general consensus is that the characters in this movie aren't particularly likeable, and I agree. Gruffud and Parkinson in particular portray a rather annoying couple, and Gruffud's character Carl morphs into somewhat of a villain by the end of the movie.
Richard Roxburgh actually does quite a good job as gruff, misunderstood father Frank. He takes a lot of stick for being unfeeling throughout the movie, but I for one thought that it was unwarranted, as he was trying the best that he could to help everyone escape.
The film attempts some father-son bonding between Frank and Josh near the end of the film, but this aspect feels rushed and forced.
The underwater caves themselves are beautifully lit and shot. We went to see the 3D version of the film - this was particularly effective at the start of the movie, where the team are flying through a jungle to the cave. My friend and I actually started to feel a bit motion sick during this part, although that could have been due to the visit to the pub beforehand!
Overall, whilst Sanctum is no Titanic or Avatar, it is a very entertaining if slightly predictable thriller. There were some scenes where I actually felt some of the panic that the characters must have felt, so it must have been doing something right.


Hey guys, hope you enjoyed my second review :D If you've been to see Sanctum, what were your thoughts on it?


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Re: Sanctum (3D)
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2011, 08:12:54 PM »
I was thinking about seeing this... I may have to check it out soon! nice review :)