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Time Out New York Project: Issue #800, February 10-16, 2011
Dir. Alister Grierson. 2010. R. 109mins. Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield.
This 3-D cave-diving adventure plays on a lot of fears, so avoid it if you have an aversion to claustrophobia, drowning or really bad acting. A trapped group of adventurers must face some merciless challenges — rocky obstructions, torrential waterways, dreadful dialogue — as they reenact The Poseidon Adventure in a labyrinthine South Pacific cavern. Director Alister Grierson knows his way around action scenes (the film bears James Cameron’s executive-producer seal of approval), but when it comes to performances, he’s a squirm-inducing amateur. Worst in show: the Razzie-worthy Gruffudd as the expedition’s hysteria-prone financier. Where’s Paul Reiser when you need him?—Keith Uhlich
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