While Sanctum isn't a great film, it's enjoyable for the thrilling element.
| Original Score: 3/5
The strong special effects can't overcome the story's sour focus on pain and hopelessness.
| Original Score: 2.0/5
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.
It's a continuing clash between laughably poor acting and ultra-serious brow-furrowing that renders Sanctum unintentionally hilarious, thereby deflating it completely.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Its downfall is its cliché-riddled and fusty script.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
The tension is difficult to be felt with such flat characters.
| Original Score: 3/10
...a well-intentioned yet utterly misguided underwater thriller.
| Original Score: 2/4
Lacks the Titanic appeal of a James Cameron "event" movie
The script is pretty lackluster.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Too bad this film, executive produced by Cameron, is rated R for profanity and gruesome makeup effects. I'm betting it's every 13-year-old's dream escape.
| Original Score: 3/4
You'll care about as much as you do when someone gets torn apart in a Saw sequel.
Despite its three-dimensional imagery, the film remains resolutely two-dimensional.
A great survival action movie where none of the cast should've been allowed to talk. The script is cliched. Roxburgh is essentially playing Bob Hawke underwater while Ioan Gruffud is inexplicably channeling De Niro.
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.
Its flaws are initially off-putting, but stick with it and Sanctum does do a good job of establishing tension and comes with some well-staged set pieces.
For the best part, the actors shut their mouths and the story becomes far more action based.
Saying that Messrs. Garvin and Wight have tin ears for dialogue is an insult to tin ears everywhere.