If you don’t remember Sanctum, it’s the 3D movie set underwater that is being executive produced by James Cameron, and directed by Alister Grierson (Kokoda).  Today we have the Sanctum trailer and new images from the film to share.

The movie is based on events that happened to one of the  film’s co-writers, Andrew Wight, who went deep-sea diving and ended up trapped with a group of other divers  in an underwater cave system.

The film adaptation of that harrowing story is said to focus on  “the unique relationship between father and son, and the fragility of that bond when faced with the onslaught of nature.” You can check out the official Sanctum synopsis and trailer below:


The 3-D 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 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.

Sanctum Trailer

While Sanctum looks to be an average survival drama story – a la The Perfect Storm – the setting and influence of Cameron’s 3D technology automatically set it apart. A lot of people who saw Neil Marshall’s The Descent know just how well that horror film used caverns to inspire a sense of tension and dread; the whole first hour of that film is practically a lesson in claustrophobia.

Cameron himself has already commented that claustrophobia is one of the themes that made him think Sanctum was perfect for 3D, and after seeing that trailer, the feeling of being trapped in the Earth, while underwater (two of my biggest fears), already has me breaking out in goosebumps.  Compared to the power of that novelty, I’m not so interested in the story or the acting (adequate would be enough).

Check out the gallery of Sanctum images below:

Sanctum stars Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Alice Parkinson and Dany Wyllie. It was co-written by Andrew Wight and John Garvin, with Wight as doubling as producer.

Source: Universal Pictures and Apple Trailers