Sanctum Movie Review

Sanctum Movie Review


Movie news has one of the actors in “Sanctum” asking “What could possibly go wrong diving in caves?” This is asked by a new member of a group that’s going to take a trip, under water, through one of the world’s most beautiful cave systems.

In this upcoming movie she’s going to find out what can go wrong while exploring a cave when a storm in the South Pacific cuts off the only exit known to the group in this 3D adventure.

Even though James Cameron is the director of “Sanctum,” and the co-writer, Andrew Wight, actually lived through a similar experience, the new movie release is not as exciting as it could have been.

The addition of Cameron’s name to “Sanctum,” the beauty of the 3D location, and the fact that $30 mil was spent on the production, will give this new movie a strong start. This trend will not last.

This one of the year’s early new movies is set in the South Pacific in the Esa’ala caves. It was filmed off the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia and in some South Australian caves as well. The film is all about the efforts of a group of divers, led by Frank, played by Richard Roxburgh, and his crew, who are not necessarily good followers.

The crew includes Frank’s son Josh, played by Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd, who plays an annoying American financier, and his girlfriend, played by Alice Parkinson, who’s an inexperienced diver.

Since time is of the essence, the crew must either follow Frank or find their own way out.

When you watch “Sanctum” you’re going to be thinking of “127 Hours.”

“127 Hours,” directed by Danny Boyles, creates almost unspeakable tension through the use of sparse dialogue and his skill at making films. This script by Alister Grierson (Kokoda) has too much chatter and themes that are reminiscent of “The Poseidon Adventure” but without the delicious campy elements.

The movie is at its best during the quieter parts. Jules O’Loughlin’s underwater photography lends an other wordly beauty to the scenes. This is especially true when a beam of light is seen through the same 3D camera used to film “Avatar.”

It’s too bad that the beauty of the film is constantly shattered by too much talking (the script is by Wight and John Garvin) or the heavy music by David Hirschfelder. Both the script and the music are way too big for the claustrophobic spaces of the film.


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