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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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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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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Universal and Relativity paid $12 million for the rights to distribute the film internationally. See more »

Goofs

While Josh is hanging on the rock and trying to cross over to the other side he's got a watch on his left arm. However while his stunt-man is jumping to the other side, he's not. 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 »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Drownings (2014) See more »

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MAIPOPE
Written by Tusiti Roots, Michael Oahara
Performed by Tusiti Roots
Published by PNG Legend
Licensed courtesy of CHM Supersound
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Not flawless, but still "breathtaking"
4 February 2011 | by bennettgardinerSee all my reviews

This movie, although not James Cameron's best, is visually exciting and suspenseful. A gripping expedition becomes a race against time and human nature, when a group of explorers navigating an immense cave in Papua New Guinea during a cyclone find themselves trapped in what threatens to become a watery tomb.

The sometimes melodramatic acting and clichéd dialogue tries too hard to construct the nature of each character before the action scenes start to set in, the uncompromising and experienced leader, the rash and cocky business man, the young kid with father issues. There were plenty of chances to let these traits become apparent naturally throughout the script.

The acting gets more bearable as the number of characters starts to dwindle a little. What saves this movie is the sense of scale in the scenery, the beauty of the natural caves, and the realism with which situations become volatile and unmanageable.

Overall, if you want to see a decent, action driven film about of one of the world's last remaining unexplored landforms, then Sanctum will (probably) not disappoint. It could have done without the 3D, which seemed unnecessary overkill. Not as good as The Abyss, but a similarly excellent visual experience to Avatar, unfortunately it comes with a similar level of acting and, with momentary exceptions, emotional depth.


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