The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, 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 (Richard Roxburgh) 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 (Rhys Wakefield) and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd)--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?
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The director Alister Grierson, not grasping that bad dialogue is sometimes best delivered quietly, encourages his actors to shout and thrash about, and so they do, like fish out of water and performers out of their depth.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 02.03.2011
Sometimes the sets look like, well, Styrofoam. So do the actors.Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 02.06.2011
Actually being stuck in a remote waterlogged grotto might be more tolerable than enduring this disaster of an adventure movie.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 02.03.2011
"Sanctum" is a movie that tries to make you feel that there's this cool thing going on that everybody knows about except you.Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 02.03.2011