“Sanctum” Muted Beauty

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama and Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.
Release Date: February 4th, 2011 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for language, some violence and disturbing images.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Director: Alister Grierson

JJ Rating: C+

See it again: No.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: Not a single soul. Especially not to those that are claustrophobic.

The feel of the film. It gives the closed in feel real well.
I felt like I was wet.
Rhys Wakefield was the best actor in the film.

Most of the acting.
The script.
The pace of the film.
Too Long.
No real ending.

Josh (Rhys Wakefiled), Frank (Richard Roxburgh), Victoria (Alice Parkinson) and Carl (Ioan Gruffudd) have to escape earth’s inner sanctum because it’s flooding. Based on a true story. Sanctum.

It would not be a fun story to live through just as it wasn’t that much fun to watch. Films are supposed to be entertaining. It doesn’t matter what is occurring on the screen it has to be entertaining. A teaching moment or not, the film has to entertain in some fashion. Some films are great but one can only see it once because the graphic nature or the subject matter isn’t so amazing a second time around. Sanctum had a sucky script with almost piss poor acting. If it were not for Rhys Wakefiled, I think the entire film would have sunk under.

Sanctum is already difficult because 99% of the film is in water. That’s taxing on a body to film in water and I feel for every single actor in the film, because that is difficult. I have never had to do it, but based on what people state about working with and in water, it’s not easy. I’ll take their word for it. Which is why I’m not going specifically bash anyone’s acting. It’s a difficult task to act in water and with that in mind, I don’t think they did terrible as some who act in award nominated films.

I don’t know what I’d do if I were in a similar situation. The entire water thing is freaky as is, but to add being in a cave and losing oxygen…I’d freak. I wouldn’t want to. I just don’t see how I wouldn’t. I’d hope not to. I couldn’t imagine seeing people die before me like that in water, the same water I have to travel through to get out. It seems daunting more so that other means of death. Water appears to kill them even though it is mainly their own fear that’s pushing them to make poor decisions.

I would lower my rating, but Sanctum taught me something unlike other films that suck. It was a beautiful, I liked looking at it and I already have this fascination with water in that I think it’s amazingly versatile in its wonder. I really wanted the ending to sum up everything and show me what happened afterward. The ending was cheesy and not as strong as it should have been. Sanctum is like most good-looking people. Great to look at, but not so great to listen too. You’ve been warned.

I write like: David Foster Wallace

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