Excerpt: ) to a cave exploring operation he has going on in the largest and most inaccessible hole in the ground on the planet. This particular cave has underground waterways that are believed to empty out in the ocean and the goal of the project is to find that waterway.
Excerpt: Master diver Frank McGuire leads a team - including his 17-year-old son - to explore the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. But when a tropical storm cuts off their only escape route, the team must work together to find their way through an uncharted and dangerous underwater labyrinth to make it out alive. With time running out, can they survive, or will they be trapped forever.
Excerpt: Murphy’s Law is… err, sorry. Sanctum is a story of the old mantra, “what can go wrong, will go wrong.” Nothing goes right for these people, from deaths before their cave-trapped peril even begins to the mountain of dramatized end-the-suffering styled drowning, Sanctum is all about milking the dramatic. Oh, and it’s also about plastering James Cameron’s name all over it despite the famed director sitting in as a producer and nothing else.
Conclusion: Overall, 'Sanctum' is a fairly middle of the road Blu-ray release. The movie is strictly average. It's a bit slow at times, but manages to deliver suspense at key moments. The video could be better, but the audio presentation is excellent. Aside from the movie, the special features included are pretty extensive, especially the 47 minute making of documentary.
Conclusion: Sanctum isn't everything it could be, and doesn't do James Cameron's 3D techniques justice. It's a passable thriller with a passable cast and a barely passable script, nothing more. Universal's Blu-ray release has a few issues all its own, but most of them trace back to the film itself. At least its DTS-HD Master Audio track and ample special features take away some of the sting.
Excerpt: James Cameron has been so integral to the marketing of Sanctum that it's easy to know he's involved before even knowing the film's plot. But please, do not be fooled-- Sanctum is to a Cameron film as Epic Movie is to Airplane! , a cruel and soulless copy that apes but fundamentally misunderstands everything Cameron does right.
Excerpt: The 3D thriller Sanctum was vaguely inspired by a 1988 flood that trapped co-writer Andrew Wight and 13 other divers in a cave. But no one would ever mistake the film for a true history: From start to finish, it’s a rigidly formulaic disaster picture, melded with the form of a coming-of-age story. There’s the quick introduction to the players, their relationships, and the layout of the gigantic, partially unexplored, partially underwater cave system they’re exploring.
Summary: You have to be a little leery of a movie that’s major selling point is the executive producer – essentially the guy who ponies up the cash – even if it is James Cameron. The opening stanzas here do nothing to alleviate those fears – the dialogue is terrible, clumsily setting up the father-son relationship that becomes the heart of the story and missing the mark at its attempts at Aussie larrikin humour. Once events inevitably start going wrong, though, business picks up.