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Sanctum (2011)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  4 February 2011 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Crazy George (as Daniel Wyllie)
J.D. (as Christopher Baker)
Nicole Downs ...
Cramer Cain ...
Andrew Hansen ...
John Garvin ...
Jim Sergeant
Chopper Pilot
Nea Diap ...
Kastom Shaman


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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Release Date:

4 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James Cameron's Sanctum  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£859,064 (UK) (4 February 2011)


$23,070,045 (USA) (25 February 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Alister Grierson and cinematographer Jules O'Loughlin had no experience with 3D prior to working on this film. Thus, they had learn how to light the scenes, use the stereoscopic space and manipulate the cameras from scratch. See more »


When Victoria lands, gets off the seaplane and walks to the helicopter she is wearing blue jeans and a white pull-over top that has 2-3 buttons at the top like a regular shirt, it has button flaps on the arms for rolling up the sleeves and she has a white bra on underneath. They all get into the helicopter and it appears to take off immediately, but the very next shot of her shows her top has changed to a full button-down shirt, left unbuttoned with a white halter top underneath and a white bra. She could not have changed all those tops with the helicopters seatbelt/shoulder harness on. See more »


[first lines]
Dex: Josh? Wow, your old man let you come up for air?
Josh: Oh you're kidding, Dex.
Dex: Oh you're gonna be in the shit.
[big hug]
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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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I am a movie snob and loved it - can't believe how bad the reviews are...
5 February 2011 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie entertains from start to finish. Are the characters "two dimensional"? To me not in any sense (ha ha, yes the movie is 3D, lousy pun intended).

But seriously, for two hours you are taken on a brutal subterranean adventure. I liked the fact that it IS believable. It isn't just action

  • it is a true human drama and shows the good and bad that can come

from people in a life or death situation. And I didn't think it was predictable (for the most part, anyway). I am guessing that the reviewers just didn't like the characters, but that is no fault of the actors; the characters were quite realistic, which I considered a huge plus, while others might have preferred something else. I do need to give a disclaimer that I did not research the "true" story and watched purely from the perspective that it is 100% fiction, so I'm not saying this is an accurate depiction of real events. But it sure seemed like something that could happen.

It isn't "The Black Swan". It isn't "True Grit". It won't be sweeping the Academy Awards. But was it entertaining and worth the price admission? Without question - I actually found it more enjoyable and gripping than anything I have seen in some time. Highly recommended - give it a fair chance!

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