The heavily marketed “James Cameron Production” Sanctum, directed by the clearly inexperienced Alister Grierson swamps theaters this Friday. It’s safe to assume that most people would interpret Cameron’s E.P. credit as a ringing endorsement of quality cinema. I, however, know it to be Universal’s deceptive maneuver to bait fools to the box office.
Check out the review below…
- Director: Alister Grierson
- Writers: John Garvin and Andrew Wight
- Producer: Andrew Wight
- EP’s: JAMES CAMERON!, Ben Browning, Michael Maher
- Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie, Ioan Gruffudd
Sanctum follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest and least accessible cave system on the planet. The game plan is to retrace a previously explored route to reach a “base camp” that will allow the group to conduct research. Once deep inside the cave system, shit hits the fan! Time to fight raging water, deadly terrain, and one of the diver’s inexperienced girlfriends (that they pragmatically brought with them).
- Visuals: The picture is fantastically photographed. Aesthetically, every frame captures the vastness of this underwater setting and the 3D only amplifies the scenic depth.
- Adventure: These moments were few and far between, but the audience was afforded a little underwater excitement that kept you on the edge of your seat.
- Script: This 3D crazed group of filmmakers spent a little too much time on technology and not enough on content. The writing is abominable – laugh out loud abominable. From the poorly structured story to the less than developed characters, Sanctum’s script seemed like a lousy first draft.
- Performances: Can’t a “James Cameron Production” afford to hire some decent actors? There isn’t a single cast member that’s remotely recognizable, which could be refreshing for a super commercial picture – but none of them could deliver. If you’re going to hire shitty actors, at least hire some of the famous ones!
- Grierson: This is Mr. Grierson’s SECOND feature film, and it’s painfully apparent. He didn’t quite commit to any specific tone or style of story-telling here.
Do. Not. See. This. Movie.