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
Production designer Nicholas McCallum built the caves in concrete, so that they wouldn't move while the actors were climbing them, and so that they could be reused for underwater scenes. Once scenes with one setting were wrapped, the cave parts would be put in a water tank for the diving scenes. See more »
Glow-sticks do not abruptly extinguish when they are depleted, as shown in the final scene with Josh in the tunnel. The glow gradually decreases over a longer period of time until depleted. See more »
Josh? Wow, your old man let you come up for air?
Oh you're kidding, Dex.
Oh you're gonna be in the shit.
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The teenager Josh McGuire (Rhys Wakefield) welcomes his friend Carl (Ioan Gruffudd) and his girlfriend Victoria (Alice Parkinson) in Papua, New Guinea, and they immediately fly to the Esa-ala Caves where Josh's father Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) is heading a cave diving expedition. Josh has a bitter relationship with his father and Carl is the sponsor of the expedition.
When Frank and the diver Judes (Allison Cratchley) explore an unknown cave system with a restricted access, Judes has an accident and dies. When the team is preparing to hoist her body, there is a storm that blocks the exit from the cave. The group is trapped with few supplies and has to find a way out to the sea through the labyrinth of the cave system. But fear and panic are their greatest enemies.
In the last years, I have seen many films about people trapped in cave and "The Descent" is the best of this theme. The deceptive "Sanctum" is unoriginal, melodramatic, boring and corny and never works. Yesterday night I tried to see this film, but I napped. Today I have finally seen in the afternoon and I did not like this film. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): "Santuário" ("Sanctuary")
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