No ‘Avatar’ potential in unholy ‘Sanctum’ - Metro US

No ‘Avatar’ potential in unholy ‘Sanctum’

Director: Alister Grierson
Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson
Rating: R
Grade: 0 (out-of-5 stars)

The beginning of the year is supposed to be the worst time for movies, but so far it hasn’t been so bad. “Sanctum” changes all that as the first seatbelt movie of the year — a film so awful you might need a seatbelt to stay in the chair for the whole thing.

The 3-D was OK, and some of the pictures were beautiful, but it wasn’t enough to keep a viewer interested. With some editing, it could have made a better National Geographic cave documentary than an adventure movie.

The father/son dynamic doesn’t ring true, but then very little in this movie does. Scenes that should be tension-filled are just tedious. And how is it that someone who has “broken every bone in their body” is able to tightly grab the first character that walks by? Or are we being picky?

Either way, stay home and watch anything else. Watch paint dry; the acting is better. And a further word of advice: Don’t be fooled by James Cameron’s name in the credits. “Sanctum” is no “Avatar.”

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