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The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea. Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team--including 17-year-old son Josh… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its downfall is its cliché-riddled and fusty script."
‑ Leah Rozen, TheWrap
"Stick that camera down an aquatic cave, wrap a paper-thin plot around it, slap the whole thing up on an IMAX screen and call it a movie. More truth in advertising: Call it a lame movie."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"While Sanctum isn't a great film, it's enjoyable for the thrilling element."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It's a continuing clash between laughably poor acting and ultra-serious brow-furrowing that renders Sanctum unintentionally hilarious, thereby deflating it completely."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Seriously, you'll find yourself more emotionally and viscerally involved by sticking some Lego men in a water filled blender and watching them go round and round."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"Despite the millions clearly poured into it, the film feels cheap and amateurish. See it on IMAX if you wish, but the flaws will only look bigger."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"After a sluggish half hour, this well-crafted adventure kicks into high gear and never lets up."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"The strong special effects can't overcome the story's sour focus on pain and hopelessness."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"The film's lack of a decent story, character development, and performances, as well as its emotional hollowness, make it not worth the time in any format."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"The tension is difficult to be felt with such flat characters."
‑ Mike Barnard, Future Movies UK
"Sometimes the sets look like, well, Styrofoam. So do the actors."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"There's just water, water everywhere - and no one stops to think."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Mixed in with flat characters and tense action is an incredible 3D visual component - which is where Cameron's involvement in the project is most apparent."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Often feels like James Cameron just playing around with some very expensive bathtub toys -- and treading water until his Avatar sequel comes out next year."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"...a well-intentioned yet utterly misguided underwater thriller."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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