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"SANCTUM"
(2011) (Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Extreme
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Adventure/Suspense: After a cyclone floods their cave entrance, a group of explorers face one peril after another as they try to find another way out.
PLOT:
Billionaire investor Carl Hurley (IOAN GRUFFUDD) loves adventure and spending money, so he's funded an exploratory expedition of the South Pacific's Esa'ala caves, a massive underground complex of tunnels, grand halls and flooded passages that require scuba gear to traverse. While the exploration has been going on for a month, he's now returned there with his adventurer girlfriend, Victoria (ALICE PARKINSON), as well as 17-year-old Josh McGuire (RHYS WAKEFIELD).

He's the estranged son of Frank McGuire (RICHARD ROXBURGH), the seasoned and no-nonsense pro of cave exploration who's leading the expedition. With the help of others including Crazy George (DAN WYLLIE), J.D. (CHRISTOPHER BAKER), Liz (NICOLE DOWNES), Judes (ALLISON CRATCHLEY) and Luko (CRAMER CAIN) among others, he's going where no human has ever been before. He lives for the challenge, but is well aware of the dangers he and his team face.

That comes to a head when an approaching storm turns into a cyclone and unexpectedly floods the cave's entrance. From that point on, and while clashing with both his son and Carl, Frank attempts to lead the team to safety. But that means traversing further down into the unexplored depths of the cave, with the belief that following an underground river will eventually lead them to an escape into the nearby but hard to reach sea.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into spelunking, scuba diving or are drawn in by director James Cameron being associated with the flick (as executive producer, with his 3D technology), they might be interested.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language, some violence and disturbing images.


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