Tuesday, February 15, 2011
What could possibly go wrong diving in caves?
Dir: Alister Grierson
This review was written for Watch Out For
What could possibly go wrong caving? A character in Sanctum asks, or words to that effect. It’s just the beginning of a barrage of wooden, clichéd dialogue you’ll endure in the film, spoken by equally uninspiring characters that do little to push the genre boundaries. But that’s just it, Sanctum doesn’t attempt to be something it is not, it’s a genre film if ever you’ll see one; full of bad dialogue, disposable characters and underwater fun.
Based on a true story, and I think they use the word ‘based’ loosely, Sanctum tells of a group of cavers, adventurers, or just plain crazy people – however you want to look at it – on an expedition in Papua New Guinea to map one of the world’s largest unexplored cave systems.
Expert diver Frank (Richard Roxburgh), along with unwilling son Josh (Rhys Wakefield), wealthy adventurer – and funder of the expedition – Carl (Ioan Gruffudd), Victoria (Alice Parkinson) and “Crazy George” (Dan Wyllie), become trapped when a storm hits the island days before expected. As the caves begin to flood they must navigate their way underwater to find another way out.
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