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"Sanctum," a 3D action-thriller 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
"Sanctum" movie scene
Sanctum movie scene
"Sanctum" movie scene - © Universal Pictures
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 3-D 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.

Alister Grierson ("Kokoda") directed the film written by John Garvin and Andrew Wight and produced by Wight, who helped Cameron road test and hone his 3D technology on the documentaries "Aliens of the Deep" and "Ghosts of the Abyss," which they co-produced. Grierson is accompanied behind the scenes by a talented group of filmmakers that includes director of photography Jules O'Loughlin ("Kokoda," "I Am You"), production designer Nicholas Mccallum ("Kokoda," "The Black Balloon"), editor Mark Warner ("The Water Horse," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") and composer David Hirschfelder ("Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," "Australia"). Joining Cameron as executive producers on the film are Wayfare principals Ben Browning ("It's Kind of a Funny Story"), Michael Maher ("Ondine") and Peter Rawlinson ("It's Kind of a Funny Story"), as well as Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh ("Little Fockers").


Genre: Action
Runtime: 109 mins.
Release Date: February 4, 2011
Tagline: The only way out is down.
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Production Companies:
Relativity Media
Wayfare Entertainment

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