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Sanctum (2011) Movie Review
Sanctum (2011): a Cave-Diving Expedition gone wrong
Although Sanctum wasn't well-received by the critics, it is still a movie that's worth watching, especially if you're into Scuba Diving or cave diving. The diving scenes are actually quite realistic and the story-line is plausible, having been based on a true story. The cinematography, especially if you watch it in 3D is impressive as well.
The storyline of Sanctum (2011) tells the story of a group who sets out on an expedition to explore the biggest uncharted cave system in the world. All is going relatively well until a storm releases a flood of water into the cave, blocking off the entrance. Will they find a new exit and make it out alive? Watch the movie to find out!
Sanctum (2011) Official Movie Trailer
Quick Facts about Sanctum (2011)
Directed by: Alister Grierson
Produced by: James Cameron (and others)
Music: David Hirschfelder
Studio: Relativity Media and Wayfare Entertainment
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Release date: 3 February 2011
Running time: 109 minutes
Budget US$30 million
Box office $80,146,485
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The Basic Storyline of Sanctum
Sanctum is a story of a cave-diving expedition gone wrong. 17-year old Josh, the expedition funder Carl, his girlfriend Victoria and Josh's father Frank, the lead explorer/diver play the starring roles.
They are all stuck, along with a few others 2km deep inside the cave when a storm hits and the entrance is blocked off. It's not possible for them to reach the exit through the normal way, so they dive even deeper inside the cave even though Josh and Victoria are both inexperienced divers.
The group must now attempt to find an exit route through the unexplored depths of the cave, in the hopes of finding a path that leads to the sea.
Their supplies are dwindling and the team has to make tough choices. They turn on each other and fight for the last of the equipment that will help get them out alive. 3 die along the way, but one has the chance to make it out alive. Watch the movie to see who it is!
Sanctum Blu-Ray (2 Disk Set)
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Filming and Production of Sanctum
Sanctum was based on the true story of Andrew Wright who led an expedition miles underground into a cave system only to have a storm collapse the entrance, leaving him and his team to find another way out.
James Cameron produced the movie in 3-D, using the same technology that he used for the movie Avatar. The stunning cave scenes were filmed in Southern Australia near Mount Gambier. The diving sequences were filmed in a large water tank at a studio in Queensland.
Were the Cave DIving scenes in Sanctum realistic?
What did the critics think of Sanctum (2011)?
If the public are any indication, this was a successful movie. On opening weekend, it grossed 9.2 Million and was the #2 movie for that period. It ended up being the 10th highest grossing Australian film of all-time.
The critics gave it mixed reviews. While most praised the impressive 3D cinematography, they said it didn't make up for the lifeless characters and poor script. It has a score of 5.7/10 on IMDB and 31% rotten on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sanctum Movie Review
Rhys Wakefield as Josh McGuire
Rhys Wakefield plays 17-year old Josh, the son of Frank, the expedition leader. Born in 1988, Wakefield is best known for his roles in the film "The Black Balloon" and the TV series "Home and Away." This Australian actor has appeared on stage and made numerous other appearances on the screen as well
The Sanctum Soundtrack
Richard Roxburgh as Frank McGuire
Born in 1962, this Australian actor starred in Sanctum as Frank, the expedition leader. Prior to Sanctum, he starred in numerous other Australian and Hollywood films including Mission Impossible 2 and Moulin Rouge. He's known for playing the villain. He's been nominated for and won numerous awards in the acting industry.
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