Not nearly as bad as everyone says. Just a fun popcorn flick
I went into this movie expecting just your average creature feature
akin to Pitch Black, and I wasn't let down. It is, indeed, just your
average creature feature. It's not the next best thing to Aliens, but
it's not the travesty most reviewers here are making it out to be
The Cave is a fun popcorn flick. There's no really deep plot or amazing
acting talent. What this movie does have is a few very intense,
suspenseful moments, which is only aided by the very dark and
claustrophobic atmosphere of the cave. It also has your average
thriller twist at the end which I did not see coming.
The cinematography and directing by first-timer Bruce Hunt is
surprisingly well done. His background as assistance director for the
Matrix films and Dark City is apparent here. While he's no Spielberg or
Cameron, he keeps the camera angles interesting, and there are scenes
within vast, tall rooms in the cave that are quite breathtaking. One
complaint, however, is that he chose to follow other directors mistakes
in jarring the camera in a very frenetic and sickening manner back and
forth whenever one of the characters is being attacked by the creature.
This is not only very annoying and disorienting, but is IMO just a
trick to cover up the poor creature fx.
Speaking of the FX, I have to say I'm 50/50 here. Sometimes they looked
good, and sometimes they looked like they were from a Sci-Fi Channel
original movie. The creature effects that looked good were the
closeups, which utilized real models. These looked quite realistic. But
far away shots of the CGI creatures are not so impressive.
If you want to sit down on a Friday night and just have fun, then pick
up The Cave.
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