Movie Review: Sanctum (2011)

Posted: December 4, 2011 in Drama

Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) is leading an underwater cave diving expedition in the South Pacific’s Esa Ala caves.  Along for the adventure is Frank’s reluctant son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) and the financier of the whole expedition, Carl (Ioan Gruffudd).There are two women explorers,  Judes (Allison Crutchley) and  Carl’s girlfriend Victoria (Alice Parkinson), two local guides Luko (Cramer Cain) and Crazy George (Dan Wylie)  Trouble is, there’s a killer storm coming, and they have to do their entire cave diving in two days, or the caves and the divers will be flooded out of existence.  To make matters worse, the storm comes early and closes off an exit. Under Frank’s watchful eye, the members of the expedition begin to die, first Judes, then the two guides, then Victoria.  Soon, all that’s left of the expedition is Frank, Josh and Carl.  Do any of those three find and exit, and make it out alive?

This is an awful film.  I thought that because James Cameron lent his name to this film, it would have some quality to it, it does not.  I thought that this movie would be similar to Cameron’s filming of the sinking of the Titanic, but while there are some nice underwater shots, the movie is more like one of those bad disaster movies from the 1970’s, like the Poseidon Adventure.  I have many questions about this movie.  Who would choose to make this story, if it’s based on a true story?  If Frank is an “expert” cave diver why do so many people die, under his care?  Who would ever go cave diving after seeing this movie.  The acting is wooden all around, a bunch of unknown Aussies make up most of the cast, and after this movie, they will stay unknown.  Ioan Gruffudd, who is the only “star” in this movie, does a bad American accent, and does nothing to help his career in this movie.  The other problem with this movie is that none of the characters are especially likeable, so I didn’t really care if anyone lived or died in this movie.  So there was absolutely nothing left to redeem this movie.  Nothing.

Sanctum.  Sanctimonious.

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