December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

September 11, 2011

Sanctum (USA/Australia - 2010)

When it's over, there are no creatures, monsters, and abnormal humanoids in this film.  It's simply a film about man versus nature, and in this case, an extensive cave in Papua New Guinea.  When the members of a cave diving expedition suddenly find themselves trapped in the cave, they must rely on teamwork, wits, and courage to find a way out before the cave floods completely.  Even though the film was based on true events that happened in Australia in 1988, the film was still a work of fiction and therefore, there are a lot of theatrics in the some of the death scenes.  I won't say how many people die, but it's a given in a film like this that there are going to be casualties.  However, it's very interesting how they die.  Nobody dies the same way, which tells me that the director had chosen specific deaths for specific people, based on their personality.  The film was thrilling and by the end of it, I felt a renewed sense of respect for the people who actually do cave diving recreationally and professionally. The gear they tug, the knowledge required, the ability to make life and death decisions, and the mental control they must have are all so crucial in the success and survival of a diving expedition, and the film clearly illustrates all these points without holding anything back.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

1 comment:

  1. A must see film for those who have always found caves "appealing". The entire movie seems to be shot in real caves so there is a believable sense to the movie. All in all, I liked this movie better when I watched it a 2nd time.