Excerpt: SANCTUM Executive producer James Cameron lends his marketable screen credit and the 3-D cameras he developed for Avatar to director Alister Grierson's modestly budgeted Australian disaster thriller, about a spelunking expedition gone awry in the underwater bowels of Papua New Guinea.
Excerpt: If your movie’s biggest selling point is that it uses the same cameras as Avatar , then perhaps your priorities are a little out of whack. The James Cameron-produced thriller Sanctum was indeed filmed with the same equipment as Cameron’s mega-grossing epic, and as such its 3D effects are more impressive than average. But they’re not nearly enough of a draw to make up for the cardboard characters, lame dialogue and subpar acting.
Excerpt: It doesn't matter if it's a sinking ship, a hijacked plane or in this case, a flooded cave, we've seen this story too many times to care anymore. The only original thing about this film is that there is no undercurrent love story. There's more that will annoy you than entertain you. The Australian accent has never sounded worse and the writers need to learn, other words, aside from F%&#, can be used for emphasis. Sanctum, it sinks.
Excerpt: I really think Hollywood needs to set some rules in place when it comes to making films that are ‘based on true events’. Sanctum is a good case study, whereby we have a film that is cliched and cheesy but apparently based on events that actually took place. Of course, in preparation for writing with review, I did a little research into the real life story behind the film, and as with the recent action thriller Unstoppable, the truth is quite often a very foreign concept...
Excerpt: Sanctum kunne vært den ultimate hulefilmen, og er slett ikke et dårlig forsøk. Det mangler ikke på spente situasjoner der det står om liv og død, og den innestengte og lett klaustrofobiske følelsen er til å ta og føle på. Dessverre blir historien tilført dramatiske elementer som føles som upassende overdrivelser. Det burde være nok spenning i selve situasjonen. Derfor blir Sanctum en god film, som kunne vært bedre.