Breathtaking cinematography, expansive choreographed scuba diving and a story about a father/son relationship are the basis for seeing the film Sanctum. If any of these elements tantalize you then this film should be your entertainment choice.
The actual true event that inspired scriptwriter AndrewWight to write this screenplay is personal. In 1988 he lead an expedition to explore and dive into a remote cave system hidden beneath the Nullarbor Plain in Australia where he and 14 others became trapped in the cave following a storm that collapsed the entrance. Incredibly the expedition was rescued saving all from possible death.
The storyline takes a simple coming-of-age father-son conflicting relationship and intertwines it within the death defying challenge to escape the confines of the underground prison in which they find themselves. The damaging elements in the film are the other characters that seem to be more distracting than supportive to the main plot. Not like in the movie The Poseidon Adventure where each of the characters played off each other in ‘lead roles’, Sanctum’s supports are just pawns to show how death could happen at any turn within the threatening cave.
The film is rated R for language, some violence and disturbing images, but could have easily been a PG-13 were it not for the use of the ‘F’ word beyond the limit allowed by the MPAA.