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Sanctum Review


Weak
Inspired by a true story and executive produced by underwater-film fanatic James Cameron, this cave-diving thriller has a lot going for it, thanks to a strong cast and high production values. But the script fails to make anything of the premise.

Fit young Aussie Josh (Wakefield) travels to a remote cave in Papua New Guinea with American financier-adventurer Carl (Gruffudd) and his girlfriend (Parkinson). There they join a team, already deep underground, led by Josh's hard-man dad Frank (Roxburgh). Having just discovered a massive new water-filled chamber, everyone's shocked by the accidental death of a team member (Cratchley). And then a tropical storm descends, flooding their base camp and forcing the spelunkers deeper underground in search of another way out. But the already strained team finds it difficult to work together.

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Aliens Of The Deep Review


Good
Ever since mega-blockbuster director James Cameron made The Abyss, he seems to have had deep-sea fever. And ever since he scored cajillions of dollars on T2 and Titanic, he's had enough capital to make his Richard-Branson-inspired adventurer dreams come true.

Post-Titanic, Cameron made a 3-D documentary about exploring the wreck of the real sunken luxury liner, titled Ghosts of the Abyss; and then later released another wreck-dive chronicle, Expedition: Bismarck. Now, he takes to the breach once more in Aliens of the Deep, an often-incredible, sometimes-annoying 3-D IMAX adventure that finds Cameron seeking out the creepy crawlies that teem around the ocean bottom's heat vents.

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