Sanctum review

Director:
Alister Grierson
Cast:
Richard Roxburgh
Ioan Gruffudd
Rhys Wakefield
Alice Parkinson
Rated: R

The Poseidon Adventure in a cave!

Sanctum follows the character Josh (Wakefield), a young man who has been brought to a cave expedition by his father Frank (Roxburgh). Frank’s expedition is going deep into one of the biggest, unexplored caves in the entire world. Frank has made it very far into the cave already and has plans to dive deeper.

Before the team can go deeper, though, a large rain fall comes down blocking most of their entrances. Because of this, the team must dive deeper into the cave to find a way out of it. However it is uncharted and very dangerous.

This film really wasn’t anything new at all. The story is your very basic man vs. nature disaster film where one person dies off one by one. Not only does the film feel extremely recycled, it also moves way too fast. There is barely any time for the characters to develop here because of how fast the body count rises.

The characters here have no backstory at all, every one of them are just basically cliched caricatures we have seen before like the greedy corporate guy. There is one character who literally dies right towards the beginning, when we have know clue of who this character really was.

The films main characters were Frank and Josh and the film tried to have drama here between these two since Frank wasn’t exactly the best father. This part of the film was okay, mainly because Frank was the only character in this film who was bearable. However, it couldn’t save it, the extremely horrible dialogue heavily hindered this plot and the entire film for that matter.

I did enjoy the special effects of the film which created these massive caves. The film looked pretty good, and the way the team had to get out of this cave was kind of interesting. However it never really got suspenseful even with the tight caves they went through. The film probably would have been a good chance to work in claustrophobia, but it never did. I never felt the feeling of claustrophobia in this film like I did in Pandorum for example.

Overall, Sanctum isn’t a good movie by any means, however it is a little bit entertaining. I put it at a high 2 out of 5 since it goes by fast enough to keep you into it.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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