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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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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


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

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4 February 2011 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£859,064 (UK) (4 February 2011)

Gross:

$23,070,045 (USA) (25 February 2011)
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Universal and Relativity paid $12 million for the rights to distribute the film internationally. 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]
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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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

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MAIPOPE
Written by Tusiti Roots, Michael Oahara
Performed by Tusiti Roots
Published by PNG Legend
Licensed courtesy of CHM Supersound
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Appalling!
17 June 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It makes me embarrassed to be an Australian. One of the worst scripts ever written. Even great actors like Richard Roxburgh weren't able to save this one. It started off well, with some great aerial photography, but soon went downhill with corny one-liners and awkward so called 'action' sequences. It amazes me how the characters could endure such trauma (being trapped in a cave with their friends and family dying), yet still manage to have poignant moments of reflection while trapped in crevices less than one metre wide. That actor from Fantastic Four (whatever his name is) will probably never work in the film industry again. His performance was more comedic than convincing. Help!!!!


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