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Running Time 103 min
Release Date Feb 4, 2011
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"Sanctum" 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 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… Show more

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Feb. 4, 2011 - Boston.com - Ty Burr/Globe Staff

Is a movie about people trapped in a cave more claustrophobic in 3-D or less? Arguably more: You should feel the walls closing in on you and, in the best scenes in “Sanctum,’’ you do. A pity those scenes are far and few between. This adventure-survival saga, “presented by’’ executive producer James Cameron as a way to keep his 3-D equipment from gathering dust between “Avatar’’ installments, is essentially a muscular Australian B-movie down to the thin characters and boilerplate dialogue. And like most B-movies, it’s better at showing than telling.

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