The 3D action-thriller Sanctum, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible 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 e...more
The 3D action-thriller Sanctum, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible 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. less
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James Cameron's strong kinship with anything set underwater has never been a secret. Right from 'The Abyss' to 'Titanic' to his deep-sea documentaries like 'Aliens of the Deep', Cameron seems to binge on the color blue. His fascination carries onto yet another project which utilizes the groundbreaking 3D technology he so famously created for 'Avatar'. So inspite of having only an Executive Producer credit on the movie, the main selling point of the film is it's association with Cameron and the 3D technology; else this might have been just another Australian action flick relegated to cult status...if it were to ever achieve it that is.
'Sanctum' is supposedly based on a true story that occurred nearly two decades back, but the "truth" is the last thing on the mind of the makers of this flick.
A group of underwater cave divers goes on one of their most challenging dives yet. Everything seems to be going according to plan until disaster strikes and a storm leaves the team trapped under without a way out. Seasoned diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxbrough) tries desperately to find an alternate way out of the caverns. Time however is not on their side and the slowly but surely creeping panic doesn't help either. So will the group make it out alive? If they do, will they all survive?
Like any disaster/survival flick this one too has it's share of cliches. Right from the torn father-son relationship to the loyal second-in-command who may or may not have to make the ultimate sacrifice, etc. If you have seen other movies of the same kind I doubt your brain would have to grind many gears in figuring out what comes next. If I were to keep the mundane plot and characters aside however, there is plenty to marvel at here, particularly the breathtaking cinematography on offer.
The 3D much like 'Avatar' creates a sense of total immersion which is a relief after those cheap 3D tricks being sold to the audience as the real deal.
The acting is solid if not spectacular baring perhaps Ioan Gruffadd who seems far too stiff most of the time.
Sanctum is no 'game-changer'; it has little to offer over some of it's accomplished peers but it's spell binding cinematography and hair-raising stunts tide over a plodding first half-hour and clich plot. Watch it on the big screen, that's where the real fun lies.