Sanctum is an enjoyable if formulaic James Cameron-affiliated film
Inventive despite slunky dialogue and sentimental father-son aspects
Unsurprisingly, executive producer James Cameron gets above-the-title billing for this Australia-set action/adventure which brings together the Avatar director’s obsession with 3D technology and his fascination with underwater adventures (Cameron made The Abyss). It’s a shame for director Alister Grierson that this is so, as he should get more credit for making an enjoyable if formulaic film.
A team of cave divers, led by the overbearing Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh), goes on a treacherous expedition to the least accessible unexplored cave system on Earth. A tropical storm leaves them trapped in the cave with not enough supplies and no guarantee of a way out to the Pacific Ocean. On the expedition are McGuire’s rebellious 17-year-old son Josh (Rhys Wakefield), financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd), his girlfriend Victoria (Alice Parkinson) and Crazy George (Dan Wyllie). Clunky dialogue and sentimental father-son aspects are the downside of the group dynamic. Loosely based on the true story of an expedition made in 1988 by producer Andrew Wight. Everyone survived on that adventure; here the death count is upped at every inventive and surprising turn.
General release, Fri 4 Feb.