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The Cave

This movie gets: 2.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"This review is better than the film" - a review by andy-j

A troop of expert cave divers team together with cutting-edge scientists to explore an extensive network of newly-discovered underground caves. The cave divers are a professional and tight group, lead by Jack and his brother Tyler. Using advanced technology, such as 'rebreathers' (devices that allow you to breathe underwater for over 20 hours) and sonar mapping equipment, they hope to uncover some of the caves' long-held secrets.

Things start to go wrong from the outset, when one of their communication links is chewed by something. Then they discover a strange parasite. But far more frightening (okay, that was a lie) are the winged creatures that hunt the group, picking them off one-by-one. These monsters were once human, before they became infected by the underground parasite, which turned them into sightless ghostly savages. The team become trapped when their exit point becomes blocked, and must find a way out of the caves before they are all killed.

I remember seeing the preview for this movie a few years ago and thinking it had potential. Then it went nowhere, which is never a good sign. I finally bothered watching it and found it as underwhelming as its box office success. The whole thing borrows rather heavily from the film Alien, which is what initially interested me, but The Cave pales in comparison in every respect. For a start, the characters have no sense of depth, so when they start dropping like flies, we don't particularly care. The monsters are introducted in such a way that unless you go into the film knowing what to expect, you'll be confused. We get these brief flashes of ... something, but we don't know if this is the same creature that chewed through their comms link. Then suddenly people are dying, and there really isn't any clear point where the cast realise that there is something killing them. Their response is underwhelming and lacks any sense of drama. We aren't told if there is just a single creature or there are more than one until later in the film, but the characters seem to know the answer to this already. It's like the writers assume that you have watched the preview and you know all of this coming into the movie. Bad filmmaking.

Their poorly-handled and clunky introduction waters down the little impact that the creatures make on the audience (compare it to the chest-bursting incident in Alien). Another reason that the monsters barely raise a yawn from the audience is because we feel totally disconnected from the action. It is confusing, and very difficult to follow. The locations are too dark and the shots are way too quick and jerky. There were points where I had absolutely no idea what was going on. Luckily I didn't care.

What little potential that this film has lies in the idea that the cave monsters were actually human once. This is barely mentioned however, and is pushed into the background so there is more time for another death sequence. The Cave continues to go in circles, each cast member dying in much the same way until finally there is some semblence of a final confrontation that is incredibly crap. Of course, there are a couple of survivors. The final scene makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, but it is supposed to pave the way for a sequel.

It seems to me that The Cave hangs off a single semi-decent idea that the writers were unable to capitalise on. It is a poorly-made film that has no originality, suspense, style or horror. What are we left with? Pretty much nothing.

andy-j gives this movie 2 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 5 Sep 2006

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  1. Cool site.

    Rating given: 5

    A comment from Pat Williams ( on Tue 25 Nov 2008 19:32 #

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