Sanctum Reviews

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February 16, 2019
Sanctum has on its plus side stunning settings and excellent use of the 3D process [but] that dimensionality doesn't go very far with the characters.
November 6, 2018
An enjoyable if formulaic film.
March 11, 2016
Coupled with Frank's borderline sociopathic 'survival of the fittest' philosophy and his son Rhys Wakefield's bland sulkiness, there's not one likeable character to care about when things go wrong.
May 3, 2015
I couldn't wait for these people to drown.
August 26, 2013
While Sanctum isn't a great film, it's enjoyable for the thrilling element.
June 30, 2013
The strong special effects can't overcome the story's sour focus on pain and hopelessness.
October 4, 2012
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.
September 28, 2012
It's a continuing clash between laughably poor acting and ultra-serious brow-furrowing that renders Sanctum unintentionally hilarious, thereby deflating it completely.
September 21, 2012
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.
October 7, 2011
Its downfall is its clich-riddled and fusty script.
September 9, 2011
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.
July 14, 2011
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.
June 11, 2011
The tension is difficult to be felt with such flat characters.
June 5, 2011
...a well-intentioned yet utterly misguided underwater thriller.
May 26, 2011
Lacks the Titanic appeal of a James Cameron "event" movie
May 13, 2011
The script is pretty lackluster.
May 5, 2011
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.
April 4, 2011
Despite its three-dimensional imagery, the film remains resolutely two-dimensional.
April 4, 2011
You'll care about as much as you do when someone gets torn apart in a Saw sequel.
March 1, 2011
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.
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