Running Time:1hr 48 m
Release Date: 2/4/2011
Genre: Action Adventure, Thriller
Cast: Joshua “Josh” McGuire(Rhys Wakefield), Frank McGuire(Richard Roxburgh), Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd), Victoria “Vic” Elaine (Alice Parkinson)
Synopsis: In Papua New Guinea, a father, Frank(Richard Roxburgh), and son, Josh(Rhys Wakefield) lead a team in an underwater cave expedition. As Frank and Josh are showing Carl (Ioan Gruffudd), the financier of the expedition and his girlfriend, Victoria (Alice Parkinson), a large storm arrives. Torrents of water wash the team down deeper into the caves and kill several along the way. They desperately search for a way out as their air runs out and previous problems between father and son come to a head when the pressure increases.
Analysis:Avatar’s James Cameron helped make the Australian film Sanctuary. With Cameron’s on board and all the great scenery and diving experience of the co-writer, this film has an advantage over some other low-budget films. Despite this, it wastes these assets by skimming on plot and characters.
- Good job on the diving scenes, especially one where a diver runs out of oxygen and sucks air out of air pockets on cave ceiling.
- A scene where the divers find a WWII Japanese tank is pretty neat.
- When another character dies, Carl overreacts and blames his father. The character seems more reasonable in the rest of the film.
- Like road flares in other movies, glow-sticks burn out very quickly yet in the real world they can go for many hours or days.
- When trying to make their way out of the caves, they make an inexperienced diver take the rear when they are swimming through a narrow cave and don’t check to see if she makes it for a long time.
Conclusion: High hopes, but ends up being like an Australian Deliverance without the hillbillies. If I could turn back time, I would have seen Deliverance again instead!
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