The Cave Reviews
The film could have greatly benefited from some old school movie magic from an actual effects craftsman, but young filmmakers are rarely willing to take the road less traveled anymore. First-time director Bruce Hunt did the visual effects on the wonderfully ambitious "Dark City," so it's surprising to me that his debut feature would be this lazy.
There are some good moments here, most notably the thrilling death of Piper Perabo, which is easily;y the most exciting scene in the film. Still, this is always destined to be the cave monster movie that is not "The Descent." Beyond that one great scene, the film is very stiff and wooden, and the characters are very one-dimensional and typical of a film like this. For much to it, it's difficult to tell a few of the male actors apart.
Hunt fails to breath much life into this, and the film may have worked better without the creatures at all. It could have been strictly a "man VS nature" experience much like "Sanctum." The sad thing is that I did enjoy the final scene, a surprise twist ending that actually works and sets up for a sequel. It's almost disappointing that the film bombed because with the way this ends, the follow-up would have no doubt been more interesting than this film.
In that respect, "The Cave" does show some promise but its hindered by modern technology. If only someone had actually cared enough to put a little work and effort into it.
- 'The Cave' is a 2005 horror film directed by Bruce Hunt. It was released in the same year as the popular 'The Descent' and maybe that's why it was received poorly by the critics. I must say I did enjoy the film. Maybe because the creatures make me think about the ones from the movie 'Alien'. The story is not complicated and the biggest problem is that the film has a lot of clichés. More than once you are able to predict what will happen. In the cast of 'The Cave' we see Eddie Cibrian (Invasion), Cole Hauser (2 Fast 2 Furious, Olympos Has Fallen), Lena Headey (The Purge, Game of Thrones), Morris Chestnut (Anacondas: Hunt of the Blood Orchid, Kick-Ass 2) and Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-0).
A team of archeologists discover that underneath a the ruin of an old Carpathian abbey lies a massive cave system. They call in the help of experienced spelunkers and divers, led by Jack McAllister (Hauser) and his brother Tyler (Cibrian), to go and explore the area. The expedition is joined by doctor Nicolai, his associate Katheryn (Headey) and cameraman Alex (Kim). A couple of miles underneath the surface, one of the divers gets attacked by a large bloodthirsty creature. A crash of his water scooter causes the cave to collapse. Now trapped inside a unknown maze, the team will have to rely on their skills to find another way out. But something is lurking in the dark...