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Sanctum

A movie directed by Alister Grierson

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It's all about survival

  • Mar 20, 2011
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Caves are awesome! It has a life of its own, hidden below and underneath everyone's scrutiny. To go into caves, exploring what's in them, is an adventure of a lifetime. Virgin caves are what explorers go after. I'd have to contend myself with the tourists' fare. Still, there are less dangers involved and one gets to return without losing one's life and bearings!


Sanctum was shot in Gold Coast and not Papua New Guinea. The story revolves around a group of explorers in an expedition in Papua New Guinea, inspired by the co-writer (Andrew Wight) very own narrow escape (near-death) in the real world during an expedition with a group of explorers in an underwater cave system. The entrance to the cave collapsed after a freak storm and they had to find a way out. Incidentally, one of the stunt driver who appeared as a double died after the film was released in one of these caves.

The film was in 3D but I watched it at home so I've no idea how good it is in 3D. Accidents and risks are inherent in expeditions and for those who take the risks for explorations it is best to know the risks involved. It's definitely not for the faint hearted. Watching a movie is one thing. Experiencing it in person is another. Still, there are many out there who either had not contemplated the risks thoroughly or who just want it badly enough to risk everything. Still, some men are addicted to the adventure of finding something spectacular. That's what kept them going. 


This one is not about exploration or discovery. It is about survival. It's about how to get out of a bad situation. Unfortunately, no one gets out but one, in fact, the youngest person in the group. If you do not like caves, the dark or prolong hours in the water, then this is certainly not the movie for you. Trying to find some kind of good out of this film is not easy, as there are just too many deaths involved. However, it does attempt to portray our desire for survival and living. That despite everything, we humans would still want to live. That is primal!
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March 23, 2011
I still need to see this one, great write up.
 
March 20, 2011
oh my, Sharrie went 'spelunking' with this review!
 
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review by . February 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Being promoted as “executively-produced” by James Cameron, the director of “Avatar”, the film “SANCTUM” directed by Alister Grierson generated some buzz in the movie community, and I was almost certain that it would once again display the advancements in 3D technology. I wasn’t really expecting much when I went to see this film; it was inspired by true events when one of the writers of its script Andrew Wright experienced an event that almost cost them their …
review by . July 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*1/2 out of ****     "Sanctum" is a full-time underwater cave adventure that bears the spirit of a good thriller, but none of the quality. Executive Produced and "presented" by "King of the World" James Cameron, the movie is the kind that I'd never thought I'd see turn up. It's a movie that was essentially destined to be good, but then the wrong filmmaker got a hold of it, and all went to bloody hell. And that's too bad, because I desperately wanted to enjoy it.    And …
review by . July 04, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
A Beautiful B Movie...nothing more
“Sanctum” is a film about a group of people who aren’t very comfortable in the real world, with its messy relationships and mortgage payments, mixed motivations and emotional complexity and such. They prefer to spend their time exploring subterranean landscapes, alternately climbing and diving their way through lost parts of the world. They seem some stunningly amazing and beautiful sights along the way, and also face life and death situations almost every day.      …
review by . February 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Sanctum exemplifies what happens when innovation becomes more important than a screenplay. The story is contrived, calculating, and unpleasant, but never fear – James Cameron is the executive producer, and he will see to it that we gawk helplessly at the difficult camerawork, the authentically claustrophobic sets, and the 3D effects. Perhaps it was his intention for director Alister Grierson to experience his own private version of The Abyss, …
review by . March 11, 2011
Caving seems like a cool thing in theory, but in practice I'm sure it's not all that cool (except for those special few that do it professionally).  The element of surprise and the vast unknown is terrifying enough above ground and I'm not sure I would want to put myself out there somewhere in the deep blue sea, especially if it has never been "explored" before.       Sanctum is an adventure thriller that will keep you entertained (so long as you …
Quick Tip by . February 07, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Solid film. Probably not the greatest film ever made but is enjoyed it. It reminded me of Into Thin Air, but for caves.
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Sanctum is a 2011 3D adventure drama film directed by Alister Grierson and executive produced by James Cameron.

Plot: 

During an underwater cave exploration in Papua New Guinea, five people are trapped when a cyclone starts flooding the cave. With the water going up and the air running out, their only hope of survival is to travel through the unexplored underwater caves following the course of the river that leads into the ocean.

The film begins with the explorers 17-year-old Josh (Rhys Wakefield), expedition bank-roller Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd) and his girlfriend Victoria (Alice Parkinson), reaching the cave by helicopter at the Esa'ala Cave site.

Upon reaching the cave it is made known that Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh), Josh's father and a master diver, has already set up a forward base camp deep inside the cave. The team has been exploring the cave system for months, and have set up an excellent communication network that allows communication with the camp from above. While Victoria and Josh rappel down the cave, Carl chooses to dive and parachute into it, reaching the base camp before Josh and Victoria.

While the guests get comfortable, Frank and diver Judes (Allison Cratchley) decide to explore an unexplored section of the cave known as Devil's Restriction. Squeezing through a narrow passage they reach a giant cavern with huge ...

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Director: Alister Grierson
Release Date: 4 February 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: John Garvin, Andrew Wight
Runtime: 109 min
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