Sanctum

(2011)

The 3D action-thriller "Sanctum," from executive producer James Cameron, 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 (Richard Roxburgh) 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 (Rhys Wakefield) and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd)--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?

Shot on location off the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, "Sanctum" employs 3D photography techniques Cameron developed to lens "Avatar." Designed to operate in extreme environments, the technology used to shoot the action-thriller will bring audiences on a breathless journey across plunging cliffs and into the furthest reaches of our subterranean world.

‘Sanctum’ Blu-ray, DVD, and 3D Blu-ray Debut on June 7th

The 3D underwater adventure Sanctum will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and 3D Blu-ray on June 7. No pricing details were released, but you can take a look at the cover art and special features details below.

Follow father and son underwater cave divers and their team as they embark on an epic expedition into the heart of one of the world's largest, most remote and treacherous caverns. When a sudden storm seals off their only known exit, the team is forced to delve deeper and deeper in search of their escape; can they survive, or will they be trapped forever? With the threat of death and danger at every turn, this journey will test their strength and psyche against the perils of raging water and creeping panic.

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Roommate’ Moves Into the Top Spot with $15.6 Million!

The new horror film The Rite, starring Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins, took control of the box office last week earning $15 million in its opening weekend. The new movie took down reigning champ, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, and beat out the weekend's other new release The Mechanic starring Jason Statham. But with two new films hitting the charts this week including the college based thriller The Roommate, and the James Cameron produced 3D action-thriller Sanctum, it looks like we will be crowning a new box office champion this weekend.

Debuting at number one this week is the new thriller The Roommate. The film stars an excellent cast of young actors and seasoned veterans including, Leighton Meester (Country Strong), Minka Kelly ((500) Days of Summer), Cam Gigandet (Burlesque), and Alyson Michalka (Easy A), with Billy Zane (The Phantom), and Frances Fisher (Titanic). The film made $6,156 on each of its 2,534 screens for an opening weekend total of $15.6 million. Since the film only cost around $16 million to make, it's almost earned back its entire production budget in its opening weekend.

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BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Will ‘Sanctum’ Make a Big Splash at the Box Office This Weekend?

Last week, the new horror film The Rite starring Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins possessed the box office and took the number one spot with $15 million. It unseated defending champ, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, and beat out fellow new release The Mechanic starring Jason Statham. But the film will have a hard time repeating its success this weekend with two highly-anticipated new movies scheduled for release, including the college-based thriller The Roommate and the James Cameron produced 3D action-thriller Sanctum. Chances are that we will be crowning a new box office king before the weekend is over.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new underwater 3D action-thriller Sanctum from executive producer James Cameron (Avatar). The film stars actor Richard Roxburgh (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), as well as Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Alice Parkinson (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and newcomer Rhys Wakefield. Currently the movie has an average rating of a 3.8 on our site. Out of the nine people who have rated the film, four of them have given it five stars and the trailer has had over 9,000 views. Here is what our official reviewer had to say about the movie, "While it starts off slow, the film eventually picks up momentum and takes the audience on a very satisfying thrill-ride. The 3D is excellent, the underwater cinematography is breathtaking, and the cast delivers believable performances." The movie is predicted to earn about $15.9 million in its opening weekend.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Sanctum’ Cast and Crew Interviews!

Opening in theaters on February 4th, is the new underwater 3D action-thriller Sanctum from executive producer James Cameron (Avatar). The movie is based on a true story and follows a group of underwater cave divers who become trapped inside a deep cavern during a tropical storm. The film stars actor Richard Roxburgh (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), as well as Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Alice Parkinson (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and newcomer Rhys Wakefield. We recently had an opportunity to speak with director Alister Grierson, writer Andrew Wight, and executive producer James Cameron, as well as actors Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson, and Rhys Wakefield. We had a chance to discuss the new film, shooting it in 3D, working underwater and the true story that the movie is based on. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.

The 3D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, 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 (Richard Roxburgh) 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 (Rhys Wakefield), and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd), 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? Shot on location off the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, Sanctum employs 3D photography techniques Cameron developed to lens Avatar. Designed to operate in extreme environments, the technology used to shoot the action-thriller will bring audiences on a breathless journey across plunging cliffs and into the furthest reaches of our subterranean world. Sanctum was inspired by the film's co-writer Andrew Wight's near-death experience of leading a diving expedition miles into a system of underwater caves, then having to find a way out after a freak storm collapsed the entrance.

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Five ‘Sanctum’ Clips and Two Behind-the-Scenes Videos

James Cameron executive produces this 3D underwater adventure about a cave-diving expedition gone horribly wrong.

James Cameron, Alister Grierson and Andrew Wight Talk ‘Sanctum’

The executive producer, the director and the writer of the new 3D drama discuss their upcoming film about underwater cave divers.

Third ‘Sanctum’ Poster

James Cameron produced this underwater adventure about a team of divers who get trapped in an elaborate cave system.

James Cameron's ‘Sanctum’ Trailer and Photos

Director Alister Grierson's new underwater 3D adventure stars Richard Roxburgh and Ioan Gruffudd.