It's not great by any means, but it's a pretty good movie that didn't leave me filled with regret for investing time in it.
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
It is neither dumb nor smart enough to be fun, and spends way too much time with its boring human characters.
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
First thing I sense and think that a movie will be bad is faces of actors and things they talk etc. Here I see Justin Bieber and I know what follows... Fake cool-dude useless dialogs and... laugh. When they laugh loudly at the beginning I know a film is disaster. I had to fast forward. No real story here, no arc, no script, no plot, no character development. Wooden dialogues and water. No but thanks. I'm out of here. Jaws are still a role model for water movies. Thanks Steven-like in Allen's case you made your first movies classics. Later on just no.
It should be the case that anyone can watch any film and like that film. So, although this film is about caves - anyone who watches it should like it within reason. This film creates a lot of background information which simply bored me, maybe it was because I'm not into caves...There's simply too many characters in this film. That is the first problem. I understand that there is a man and he has a child. But that's about it. I don't understand the need to have so many random characters. I didn't understand who was dying and when.As the storyline unfolds... You're not interested in what is going to happen next. You don't feel attached to the character, it's like you don't care. You can tell the producers tried hard with the film. The acting is good and the camera work is good. The issue is the plot.
Much was made during the publicity and promotion for Sanctum of James Cameron's name being attached, understandably so. Sanctum is what it is, a glossy exercise in 3D film making, a disaster movie awash with clichés and contrivances, a picture that's narrative drive comes from following a well worn formula in this particular sphere of genre film making. Is it fun? Thrilling? Oh absolutely! The effects work is super at times, the scenery equally so, whilst some of the set pieces are dynamite. If you can get past the cheese and cliché buffet bar then there's a whole bunch of tasty treats to be sampled down in those dark and dingy cave formations
It's directed by Alister Grierson but in truth this is a Cameron movie, and with that comes the fact that it's the best and worst of Cameron. Take that as you will
SANCTUM is quite a predictable film, a would-be disaster outing about a group of cavers who have to escape from a flooding cave system when their expedition is beset by disaster. Produced by James Cameron and made in 3D, this Aussie outing is by-the-numbers for the most part, although it does have a handful of good suspense and action scenes which make it worth a watch.The movie is not without its problems, one of which is the calibre of the cast. Alister Grierson is pretty good at directing the action and death sequences that inevitably arise, when it comes to the dialogue scenes and more human moments then it's a different story. The majority of the cast here give absolutely horrible performances, which is particularly surprising given some of the talent involved.The most notable culprit is Ioan Gruffudd, who was fine back in the day in the HORNBLOWER television series, but whose B-movie acting here is absolutely diabolical. It's a pitiful, pantomime performance and the worst I've ever seen from him. The female cast members are also notably wooden, and the only decent turn comes from the underrated Richard Roxburgh, whose strong central character is pretty much the only reason to stick with this.