Sanctum

Sanctum

Sanctum

An action-thriller, executive produced by James Cameron (Avatar), following an underwater cave diving team on an expedition to the least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces the divers deep into the caverns, they fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea.

Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard 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 and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd), are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out.

2010Rating: M, contains violence and offensive language108 minsUSA, Australia
ActionAdventureDramaThriller
50%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

The key to enjoying Sanctum is to look, not listen.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Despite having characters as shallow as its caves are bottomless and a plot as predictable as 127 Hours, this suspenseful actioner delivers seat-edge thrills in accomplished goggle-vision.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The director Alister Grierson, not grasping that bad dialogue is sometimes best delivered quietly, encourages his actors to shout and thrash about, and so they do, like fish out of water and performers out of their depth.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Sanctum tells the story of a terrifying adventure in an incompetent way. Some of it is exciting, the ending is involving, and all of it is a poster child for the horrors of 3-D used badly.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Banal dialogue, over-modulated performances and melodramatic scoring combine forces to sink the stirringly photographed proceedings quicker than that treacherous flash flood.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Workmanlike suspenser, with plenty of cold water but sparse chills. When it comes to James Cameron scuba thrillers, "The Abyss" still has the edge.

3.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Schlock horror and bad dialogue mar 3D caving drama, says our reviewer

2.0
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Variety

Variety

press

The key to enjoying Sanctum is to look, not listen.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Despite having characters as shallow as its caves are bottomless and a plot as predictable as 127 Hours, this suspenseful actioner delivers seat-edge thrills in accomplished goggle-vision.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The director Alister Grierson, not grasping that bad dialogue is sometimes best delivered quietly, encourages his actors to shout and thrash about, and so they do, like fish out of water and performers out of their depth.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Sanctum tells the story of a terrifying adventure in an incompetent way. Some of it is exciting, the ending is involving, and all of it is a poster child for the horrors of 3-D used badly.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Banal dialogue, over-modulated performances and melodramatic scoring combine forces to sink the stirringly photographed proceedings quicker than that treacherous flash flood.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Workmanlike suspenser, with plenty of cold water but sparse chills. When it comes to James Cameron scuba thrillers, "The Abyss" still has the edge.

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Schlock horror and bad dialogue mar 3D caving drama, says our reviewer

2.0
0

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