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Sanctum (2011)

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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.

Director:

Alister Grierson
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Roxburgh ... Frank
Ioan Gruffudd ... Carl
Rhys Wakefield ... Josh
Alice Parkinson ... Victoria
Dan Wyllie ... Crazy George (as Daniel Wyllie)
Christopher James Baker ... J.D. (as Christopher Baker)
Nicole Downs Nicole Downs ... Liz
Allison Cratchley ... Judes
Cramer Cain ... Luko
Andrew Hansen Andrew Hansen ... Dex
John Garvin John Garvin ... Jim Sergeant
Sean Dennehy ... Chopper Pilot
Nea Diap Nea Diap ... Kastom Shaman
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Cameron's Sanctum See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,447,930, 6 February 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,070,045, 27 February 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,943,221, 19 October 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cave itself was also quite obviously based on the Cheve/Chaco/etc expeditions in the Yucatan, and the father character was likely based on Bill Stone, the caver/diver who was instrument in those expeditions as well as in the invention of the re-breather. See more »

Goofs

When Josh first descends into the surface pit, he's Aussie rappelling with his rack attached to his back. When he reaches the gal part way down, his rack's in front. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carl: Josh? Wow, your old man let you come up for air?
Josh: Oh you're kidding, right?
Carl: Oh you're gonna be in the shit.
[big hug]
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Alternate Versions

Also released in a 3D version. See more »


Soundtracks

MAIPOPE
Written by Tusiti Roots, Michael Oahara
Performed by Tusiti Roots
Published by PNG Legend
Licensed courtesy of CHM Supersound
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Disappointing, Expected much more.
22 September 2011 | by SnowLeopard448See all my reviews

When deciding to see this movie I saw that James Cameron was an executive producer. This immediately thought that it would be fabulous. After watching it, I realised that it was not what I was hoping at all. Bad acting and average storyline that seemed to repeat itself in every scene.

There is a ridiculously huge amount of preamble before all crucial plot points, which is almost boring enough to skip past.

The acting is very very poor which ruins storyline even if were to be any. This movie features Australian acting, which is funny because I am Australian and the I couldn't even cope with it.

Another thing is the scenery. It was brilliantly done, and I wanted to see more of it, but there was hardly any scenes involving it! Most of all was just conversation between the characters.

Overall I am very disappointed in this movie and would not recommend seeing it.


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