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Sanctum (2011)

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An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

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Alister Grierson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Roxburgh ... Frank
Ioan Gruffudd ... Carl
Rhys Wakefield ... Josh
Alice Parkinson ... Victoria
Dan Wyllie ... Crazy George (as Daniel Wyllie)
Christopher James Baker ... J.D. (as Christopher Baker)
Nicole Downs Nicole Downs ... Liz
Allison Cratchley ... Judes
Cramer Cain ... Luko
Andrew Hansen Andrew Hansen ... Dex
John Garvin John Garvin ... Jim Sergeant
Sean Dennehy ... Chopper Pilot
Nea Diap Nea Diap ... Kastom Shaman
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Storyline

The 3-D 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. Master diver Frank McGuire 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 are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever? Written by Universal Pictures

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The only way out is down


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Cameron's Sanctum See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,447,930, 6 February 2011

Gross USA:

$23,209,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,609,310
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alice Parkinson credited her interest in the film to her being sort of a tomboy as a child. See more »

Goofs

The illumination in many of the cave scenes is clearly being emitted by studio lighting, and not the helmet lamps and glow sticks carried by the characters. This is most apparent in the final scene, with the glow-stick carried by Josh. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carl: Josh? Wow, your old man let you come up for air?
Josh: Oh you're kidding, right?
Carl: Oh you're gonna be in the shit.
[big hug]
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Alternate Versions

Also released in a 3D version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Unknown & Cedar Rapids (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

RABAUL TAUN
Written by Junior Kokoratts, Alfred Darby, Tibon Lakua, Wilson Takovong
Performed by Junior Kokoratts
Published by PNG Legend
Licensed courtesy of CHM Supersound
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How to drown in shallow water
29 March 2014 | by ExpendableManSee all my reviews

For a film that goes so deep underground, Sanctum is a remarkably shallow experience. Playing out like The Descent with more water and no monsters, it's a beautifully shot survival flick but it's populated with characters so bland that you won't care one bit if they survive or not. And you'll probably be able to figure out what order they'll run out of oxygen in as well.

In fact, it's not that surprising that as his sticky fingers are all over the post-production and cinematography, this feels like a James Cameron flick where the script never got past the first draft. So when Grrr, Aaargh (Frank MacGuire), Whinging Son (Rhys Wakefield), Millionaire Jerk (Ioan Gruffudd), Comic Relief (Dan Wylie), Woman (Alice Parkinson) and Expendable Foreigner (Cramer Cain) find themselves trapped underground, you'll be more interested in how they're going to die than in the clunky dialogue.

That said, there's some eerily beautiful moments of utter horror to be found. From the ethereal splendour of a vast underwater cave to the pockets of air bubbling like mercury on the rocky ceiling, it's a feast for the eyes even when it leaves the brain starving.

Yes, it's clunky. Yes, the cave is surprisingly well-lit and yes, saying "what could possibly go wrong" before abseiling into the bowels of the earth is utterly stupid. But it's pretty, has a couple of cool death scenes (the "hair" moment is horrible) and it's much, much shorter than The Abyss.


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