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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Shallow adventure movie about deep caves.

Movie R 2011 109 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 12+

A Must See

Sanctum has a lot of swearing as the most commonly used word is the F-bomb. Characters drown realistically and one has his head bashed on rocks: His head is covered in blood and one eye has been closed..... permanently. One character get her hair caught in caving equipment and is "scalped" before drowning. One of the divers stabs another and is lit on fire, before also drowning. A teenager drowns his own father to put him out of his misery (he was the victim of the stabbing) Over all this movie is a must see but may be more suitable for 12 year olds or mature people who are younger,

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 15+

15 and up.

sanctum is an awesome action adventure movie but parents you need to know that sanctum has a lot of violence some disturbing images that maybe hard to watch characters used strong language and there is a little bit of smoking and drinking the message is about the struggle to overcome the odds and survive The characters must learn to work together and solve new problems at every turn The secondary theme involves an emotionally distant father and his son finding a connection.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (17):

Produced by James Cameron, SANCTUM feels very much like it was entirely sculpted, shaped, and finalized by the self-proclaimed "King of the World." It includes his style of storytelling -- for example, a 3-D computer demonstration of the entire cave system -- and his brand of pretty shallow characters, as well as an obsession with spectacle. And, indeed, the cave photography here is impressive -- but that's not enough to make the movie work.

Most of the film's suspense depends on a real, natural human fear of drowning; but Buried and 127 Hours play on similar fears to much better effect, with stronger characters and performances to boot. Sometimes it's possible, as with Cameron's own Avatar, to overlook a movie's lack of human elements and enjoy the hugeness of the event as a pure cinematic rollercoaster ride, but Sanctum feels like too little, too late.

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