Sanctum

(2011)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama

Roger's Office: Sanctum

Transcript for Roger's Office: Sanctum

ROGER EBERT:
"SANCTUM" TELLS THE STORY OF A DOOMED EXPLORATION OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST KNOWN CAVE SYSTEM, IN NEW GUINEA.  THIS IS BILL KURTIS SPEAKING FOR ROGER EBERT.

THE EXPLORERS START OUT WITH SO MUCH BRAVADO THAT ONE EVEN PARACHUTES DOWN A GIANT SINKHOLE TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE CAVERN.

CLIP FROM SANCTUM
>> TELL HIM HE CAN KISS MY ASS.

ROGER EBERT
FROM THEN ON, THE ENTIRE FILM TAKES PLACE INSIDE THE DARKNESS OF THE CAVE.  SINCE THE FILM WAS SHOT IN 3D, THAT MEANS THAT A NATURALLY DIM PICTURE TO START WITH LOOKS EVEN MORE DIM AND MURKY THROUGH THE 3D GLASSES.

THIS CLIP SHOWS HOW DARK IT LOOKS EVEN IN 2D, WHICH IS BRIGHTER.

CLIP FROM “SANCTUM”
>> GET ME TO THE EDGE.
>> YOU'LL GET THERE.
>> IT'S TOO FAR.

ROGER EBERT:
"SANCTUM" IS BEING MARKETED AS A JAMES CAMERON PRODUCTION.

IF CAMERON HAD DIRECTED IT, I HAVE A FEELING IT WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER FILM.  IT'S SO CONFUSINGLY EDITED THAT A LOT OF THE TIME WE CAN'T TELL HOW ONE SHOT RELATES TO THE NEXT.

CLIP FROM “SANCTUM”
>> KEEP GOING!
[SCREAMS]
>> KEEP GOING!
[SPLASH]
[CRASHING]

ROGER:
"SANCTUM" HAS EFFECTIVE FINAL SCENES AND SOME THRILLING SEQUENCES BUT THE CHARACTERS ARE ONEDIMENSIONAL, THE DIALOGUE IS MOSTLY SIMPLISTIC CLICHES, AND THE 3D LOOKS TERRIBLE. THUMBS DOWN.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
SO, ROGER SAW THE FILM BEFORE I COULD, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU'VE SEEN "SANCTUM," CHRISTY. WHAT DID YOU THINK?

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
I'VE HAD THE UNIQUE JOY OF SEEING "SANCTUM," YES, WHICH –

IGNATIY:
TELL ME ABOUT IT.

CHRISTY:
IT FEELS LIKE A PARODY OF A JAMES CAMERON MOVIE.   

NOW AGAIN, AS WE KNOW, HE DIDN'T BE DIRECT IT, BUT IT HAS THIS WHOLE VIBE OF MACHO IDIOT VIBRATO AND GUYS PARACHUTING INTO CAVES, AND WHO CAN OUT-DO WHO, ALL KINDS OF FATHER ISSUES BEING WORKED OUT.  AND, AGAIN, IT'S IN 3D, SHOT IN 3D, SO IT LOOKS BETTER THAN A LOT OF THOSE, BUT I SAW A TRAILER FOR IT IN 2D.   IT'S GORGEOUS IN 2D, SO, OF COURSE, WE DO NOT NEED 3D EVER AGAIN.