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The Cave (12A)
Directed by: Bruce Hunt
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

It seems the horror film has rarely been more popular than it is today. In the last few weeks alone we've seen The Descent, The Skeleton Key, The Devil's Rejects and Dark Water released in the UK. The attitude in the movie business, though, is that you can't have too much of a good thing, so we now have The Cave to contend with too.

Oooh, this part of the cave is icy
Oooh, this part of the cave is icy

Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) is the most famous member of the cast of relative unknowns, although you might also recognise English actress Lena Headey, who is essentially a poor man's Keira Knightley.

The director, Bruce Hunt, is an unknown too, having only done second and third unit work on Dark City and The Matrix trilogy before this, his full directorial debut. Unfortunately, Bruce has failed to produce anything worth watching in The Cave and most people would be well advised to watch The Matrix or even Dark City rather than sit through this tedious ordeal.

Hunt's direction and editing in this film is confusing and uninspired, but even worse than that is the storyline, which is completely uninteresting and fails to offer any memorable moments to the audience. The story, incidentally, follows some underwater explorers who discover a cave and then get sealed in it due to an equipment malfunction. They then get hunted down by something that resembles a paler version of the Alien.

I would like to say that, at less than one hundred minutes, The Cave is at least mercilessly brief, but the truth is that an hour and half was more than enough time for me to begin gnawing off my own leg at the knee in an effort to prevent myself from leaving the cinema before the end.

And having sat through the entire experience I can tell you that the end of the film fails to reward the viewer with any sort of resolution to the story. It's seems like the makers have deluded themselves into thinking they would get a sequel to this monstrosity! It's either that or they have tried for the mysterious, semi-apocalyptic ending and missed by one.

In fairness, there were a couple of nice ideas in the film (literally two ideas), but it's hard to focus on anything positive when the vast majority of this film is simply rubbish. The only person I could recommend this film to, therefore, is my worst enemy (he knows who he is); although I'm not sure I could even be bothered to waste my energy on that.

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Length: 97 minutes
Certificate: 12A
Official Site: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thecave/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0402901/
Release Date: 26th August 2005

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