Sanctum 2011

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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...

Starring:
Richard Roxburgh, Alice Parkinson
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

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Sanctum

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Alister Grierson
Starring Richard Roxburgh, Alice Parkinson
Supporting actors Rhys Wakefield, Dan Wyllie, Christopher Baker, Allison Cratchley, Sean Dennehy
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The title of this excellent film is particularly well chosen, as "sanctum" means a secret place known only to few people and also a sacred or holy area. This film tells the story of a group of people who are forced by circumstances to enter such a place - and then try desperately to find a way out... This review contains some limited SPOILERS.

Produced by James Cameron this film contains some elements which remind of his own films: masterful use of lights and shadows, a predisposition for blue and gray, some very dramatic fast happening scenes. It was however directed by an Australian director, Alister Grierson, who made only one film before, "Kokoda" (a rather good war movie). With the exception of Ioan Gruffudd actors were unknown to me, but they all did an excellent job.

The story is relatively simple. A group of cave-divers is slowly and methodically exploring and mapping a HUGE complex of partially inundated caves in New Guinea. An unexpected development will force them to explore this place in depth (pun very much intentional) and on the double, taking enormous risks - and I am not saying anything more.

This film has absolutely NO supernatural elements - do not expect monsters, mysterious forces, etc. Everything is realistic, sometimes inspired by real problems met by speleologists and cave-divers in the real life - even if the accumulation of all those events during just one expedition is of course rather unlikely, but after all this is an adventure film...

The atmosphere of the place of action is absolutely unique. There are moments when I really had the impression that heroes entered a kind of grandiose heathen temple, immensely ancient and so holy that it was never meant to be seen by humans.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Shepton Steve on 4 July 2011
Format: DVD
I bought this because I was out of the country when it went on general release, and 2 weeks later I couldn't find a cinema within 100 miles that was still showing it, never mind the 3D version.

I'm a caver. I've caved all over the world (though sadly not in PNG, yet...). I've even been on a couple of expeditions.

What did this film get right? The location, for a start. Thick limestone + lots of water = big caves as several expediations to Borneo & China have shown in recent years. PNG was as good a place as any to base the story. Do you really get sinkholes as big/deep as that in the film? Yes, you do. 500 m deep and maybe half that across would not be uncommon. You wouldn't ordinarily parachute into sinkholes - the proximity of the rock walls and uncertain air currents would make that extraordinarily risky (though there are people that have base jumped into las Golondrinas in Mexico). Abseiling (rapelling for North American readers) on ropes is the usual method as was shown. The gear the team were wearing was pretty authentic, as was the gear they used. Modern rebreather diving technology is extraordinary; the world record for a cave dive was set last year in Pozo Azul in Spain: 8.8 km and 50 hours in water of 11C. So the basis for the film was pretty sound too. The 'passion' for caving shown by the lead explorer was also authentic. The lure of virgin discovery is extraordinarily strong.

So where did the film go wrong? Well, I've yet to hear of a caving expedition with anything like the level of resources portrayed in the film! Caving expeditions - even those on which National Geographic participates - are generally run on a shoestring. And as for running electric power down a few km of cave passge to the dive base...
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By G. Stephenson on 15 Jun 2011
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SANCTUM is a 2011 australian adventure film directed by Alister Grierson and starring Richard Roxburgh and Rhys Wakefield. What a brilliant film! I was utterly gripped all the way through. I love these kind of films as they make me shiver as the scenes are unbearably intense! The actors were chosen well. I was very impressed and thought everyone did wonderfully. Best of all was the photography. WOW! The setting of the forest, the ocean and the dark cave itself was magnificently beautiful. There were also moments of dark humour that i thought worked well with the story.

Frank McGuire is an underwater diver expert who has been on countless explorations. This is his greatest yet! With his son Josh and his crew members, they dive deep into the carvornous cave, unaware that there exciting dive into a new world will become a terrifying nightmare that slowly picks them off one by one. They also have a deadline, as the cyclone raging avove will flood the cave. Trapped. And the only way out is down!

Can i just say, SANCTUM is not for the faint hearted. There are some pretty grusesome deaths and this film builds up to a tear-jerking climax. But as long as you dont get too worked up over these things, you'll be fine! Definately worth watching if you like tension, lots of peril and a great storyline! 10/10!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 25 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Josh McGuire welcomes his friend Carl and his girlfriend Victoria in Papua, New Guinea, and they immediately fly to the Esa-ala Caves where Josh's father Frank McGuire is heading a cave diving expedition.

Josh has a bitter relationship with his father and Carl is the sponsor of the expedition.

When Frank and the diver Judes explore an unknown cave system with a restricted access, Judes has an accident and dies.

When the team is preparing to hoist her body, there is a storm that blocks the exit from the cave.

The group is trapped with few supplies and has to find a way out to the sea through the labyrinth of the cave system. But fear and panic are their greatest enemies...

It's not the best film to watch in 2D.

Sometimes its blatantly obvious where the crew shot the 3D that it becomes rather annoying.

And thats the gimmick of the film, 3D.

watch the film standalone, and you basically have a very depressing Poseidon adventure, minus the guest stars and the fun.

The cast do what they have to do, but the audience can only take so many death by drowning incidents, and sacrifices.

The visuals are stunning, and they kind of make up for the lack of script, and predictable lines.

Roxburgh gives his best Batman voice as the guy who has done it all. The rest of the cast are just fodder, and you'll find yourself longing for the fast forward button.

Good to look at, painful to hear.
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