Synopsis: The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum 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 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 and financier Carl Hurley 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?
Director(s): Alister Grierson
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min


Wow. Your old man

let you come up for air?

Oh, you're kidding, right?

Oh, you're going to be in the sh*t.

F*** it. Wanted to be here.

So, here she is.

Yeah, reinforcements.

Hey, babe, come meet Josh.

Frank McGuire's boy.

Josh McGuire. I've heard all about you.

So cool your dad brings you

on these expeditions.

Yeah. Yeah, I'm stoked.

How are things at Forward Base?

They still haven't found a way through.

Everyone is tired, getting pissed

off at Dad. Just the usual, really.

As soon as I leave, the whole thing

turns into a Mongolian cluster-f***.

So, Carl says you're a climber?

I've done a little.

Yes, she is strong like bull,

-smart like tractor.

-Oh. Original.

Hey, Eddie, I'll take right seat.

Josh, jump up front.


The last primeval wilderness.

We go down out here,

even God won't know where we are.

Some mud man will be using our skulls

for a soup bowl.

That wasn't in the brochure, honey.

Yeah, well, we're

living large now, baby.

I have control.

Why do we cave, Josh?

Well, I don't, voluntarily.

Nope, wrong answer.

And why do you cave, Carl?


Let me show you.

Espiritu Esa'ala.

The mother of all caves.

My God, Carl, it's...

Yeah, it is.

Focus on the dive.

Focus on the dive.

High oxygen.

Diluent flush.

Engage manual mode.

Low oxygen.

Bloody Josh.

Got any coffee on the boil, George?

Hey, Jude, I want you

on those pre-dive checks, please. Now.

Right-o, George, okay.

All good, Frank?

Yeah, I'm fine.

Hey, J.D., you ginger bastard.

Come over here and give Judes a hand

with the gear, will you?


George, we heard from Josh yet?

Log this for me.

No, no, not yet.

Check it out.

Where is Liz?

She's still decompressing.

The comms up yet?

Comms are good.

How was the dive, J.D.?

-It's good visibility.


Yeah. It's a bit cold.

Hey, can you give us a hand with the

re-breather? My legs are stuffed.

You're getting old.

Off you go, Virgil.

How did Lizzy do?

She was brilliant.

These new re-breathers work perfectly.


All set?

Now lean forward for me a bit.

That's it.

That's the third time

you checked that gauge.

George, I'm fine.

Been a while since you saw daylight.

Seventeen days.

Anyone can call the dive at any time

for any reason. Yeah?

You all set?


So, what else is new, Luko?


Carl! You're back.


Why is that gear coming up?

Well, there's a big storm building,

right off the coast.

Frank said to haul out whatever

gear we're not using.

Oh, he did, did he?

Hurry up!

Hey, Jim, this cave

is not going to beat me.

You're in the doghouse, kid.

Yeah, whatever.

I'm surprised Dad

even noticed I was gone.

When he and Judes

had to climb up to Camp Three

for those bail-out tanks

you were supposed to bring down,

he noticed.


Yep! Sucks to be you.


Uh, emergency tanks.

See, they dive with re-breathers,

but if something goes wrong

you need back-up.

What could possibly go wrong,

diving in caves?

Look at her. She's teasing.

Nigh as she goes.

Here. I can feel it.


Virgil scanned that whole section.

There's bugger all.

A machine can't feel the cave, George.

Well, Obi-Wan,

think you can find a way through,

you'd best do it fast.

Two days, three at most,

this whole place will be flooded

like a blocked dunny.

Topside will give us plenty of warning.

You guys from

the National Geographic, right?

Yeah, good to see you.

Hey, Victoria.

Hey, you've got to meet this guy.

-Hurry up!

-Hey, Dex.

I hope you're awake, bro,

you've got a visitor.

Hey, man.

Josh. Man, you're in the sh*t.

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