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
I was excited to be able to see James Cameron's Sanctum in 3D at the IMAX theater at the Universal Cinexplex in Orlando. As it turns, the 3D stood for a Trifecta of terrible, as in terrible screenplay, terrible dialog, and terrible acting.
No amount of 3D eye candy and visual treats could make up for this clunker of a story and the high school thespian quality acting. The movie painfully drags on for 109 slow motion minutes, and while the premise of the movie was for the hapless cast to escape from a flooded cave, I was hoping in vain they would suddenly drown all at once and be done with the movie. Sadly, that didn't happen and the actual result was easily predicted from the beginning of the movie.
While the amateur quality acting caused severe eye-rolling, every single character was a loathsome cardboard caricature and when I wasn't snoozing, I wanted to reach out and slap them silly as they recited obnoxious clichés and emoted on cue.
On the positive side, the cinematography was sufficiently good to keep me from walking out of the middle of the movie.
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