Sanctum directed by Alister Grierson and executively produced by James Cameron is visually stunning. Originally shot in 3D the film beautifully transfers to blu-ray. Shot on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia Sanctum brings to the big screen stunning images of down under.
Please don’t take this to mean Sanctum is all rainbows and puppy dogs. This thriller has a dark and mature plot. The films main charaters Richard Roxburgh as Frank and Rhys Wakefield as Josh make some life on the line decisions that are mind blowing. These are situations that make you ask yourself “if I was put to the test could I do that?”.
The surround sound is awe-inspiring. Throughout the film there are moments you are pulled in – or maybe I should say pulled under. This movie was a welcome surprise for me. I was expecting an typical adventure film and was delivered a gripping and gritty thriller. There is a lot more to this film than what meets the eye.
Synopsis: The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, 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 (Richard Roxburgh) 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 son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd)—are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?
Shot on location off the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, Sanctum employs 3-D photography techniques Cameron developed to lens Avatar. Designed to operate in extreme environments, the technology used to shoot the action-thriller will bring audiences on a breathless journey across plunging cliffs and into the furthest reaches of our subterranean world.
Sanctum is available on blu-ray and DVD tomorrow June 7th 2011from Universal Studios Home Entertainment