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The Cave (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Horror, Thriller  |  26 August 2005 (USA)
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Bloodthirsty creatures await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network.


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Complete credited cast:
Top Buchanan
Dr. Kathryn Jennings
Dr. Nicolai
Vlad Radescu ...
Dr. Bacovia
Simon Kunz ...
Mike - Caver #1
Ian - Caver #2
Alin Panc ...
Razvan - Caver #3
Zoltan Butuc ...
Corvin - Caver #4
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Decades after a rock church in communist Romania's Carpathians caved when an expedition caused a landslide and buried everyone, Dr. Nicolai's scientific team exploring the associated Templar Knights monster fighting-legend discovers a deep, flooded cave system and hires the brothers Jack and Tyler's brilliant divers team to explore it. Another explosion traps them, after finding a mysterious parasite turning all species carnivore, and later an independently evolved predator species. Jack may be infected and turning, but Tyler sticks with him, so the group splits, hunted by the monsters, which also fly. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated PG-13 for intense creature violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 2005 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£563,761 (UK) (26 August 2005)


$149,658 (South Africa) (7 April 2006)

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[last lines]
Kathryn: At first, I thought it couldn't survive outside of a cave environment. Now, I'm not sure. I think it wants to get out.
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Written by Tuomas Holopainen
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"Pitch Black" underground
2 January 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

Truth is, that's all one needs to say about this low-budget suspenser about a group of spelunkers and scientists following a mysterious passage deep into the earth, long hidden beneath an ancient church in Romania. They quickly run into malformed creatures that exist only in the darkness, and get picked off one by one as they race to find a way out. The creatures are not as scary as the ones in "Pitch Black" or even "The Relic." There is a much better movie buried here (pun intended) involving some very tense and exciting sequences as the spelunkers work their way through various caves and passageways and waterways, and climb up and down steep rock walls. But the clichéd monster movie keeps getting in the way. And in the end, it doesn't help that each character is a walking cliché seemingly right out of "The Core." I would gladly watch "The Cave" a second time, but only for the cave exploration scenes. The ending has a nice, slightly twisty touch.

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