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The Cave (2005)



Critic Consensus: Despite its stylized and impressive sets, this horror-monster movie mish-mash suffers from endless cliches and wildly implausible plotlines.

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Terror lurks deep beneath the surface of the Earth in this thriller. While on a dig in a Romanian forest, a group of scientists make a startling find -- they find a huge abbey, dating back to the 13th Century, which was built over the entrance to a massive network of subterranean caves. Eager to learn what lurks within the caves, the scientists discover to their peril that a large part of the cave system is under water. Undeterred, the remaining scientists hire a team of American spelunkers who are trained in exploring underwater caves, led by brothers Jack (Cole Hauser) and Tyler (Eddie Cibrian). Armed with new high-tech SCUBA gear that allows them to stay under water for a full 24 hours, Jack, Tyler, and the rest of their crew dive in to investigate the caves, but a mishap traps them in a cavern beneath the surface, and they soon discover they are not alone, as strange and bloodthirsty creatures make their presence known. The Cave also stars Morris Chestnut, Rick Ravanello, Piper Perabo, and Lena Headey.

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Marcel Iures
as Dr. Nicolai
Lena Headey
as Kathryn
Morris Chestnut
as Top Buchanan
Piper Perabo
as Charlie
Brian Steele
as Creature performer
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Critic Reviews for The Cave

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (32)


September 4, 2005 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…

Not only is Patrick Tatopoulos' (I, Robot) creature design laughable, but the actors (other than Hauser who somehow manages to make it through unscathed) give some of most shockingly awful performances I've seen all year.

September 3, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A generic duffer that's as exciting as a hole in the ground.

September 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The monster/action bits are too jerkily-shot to be exciting and character business is 100% cardboard.

September 2, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Fright-wise, The Cave is a dry hole.

August 31, 2005 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Spare and single-minded, The Cave is an insistently entertaining piece of pulp.

August 30, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Cave

If you're into caving and diving, you might get a slight kick out of this. If you're not, then don't bother.

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vieras esine

Super Reviewer


An intrepid group of underground, underwater cave explorers try their hand in Romania (Dracula territory, a tip off), where they've found a new cave, under a mountain, under a church, and discover that they are in turn discovered by flesh eating monstrosities. Claustrophobic spaces, lots of uber-dark, and a music score from Psycho does not prevent science types from wandering off on their own (" hello, don't worry, I'm a doctor, highly trained, did you hear that noise, I'll go by myself to check it out w/this flashlight that don't work and no weapons even though I know something's out there killing us all off ...") one by one ... and the result is predictable movie horror cliches.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I quite like this movie ive seen it a few times now and although its certainly not the scariest nor the most fantastic storyline it certaily doesnt promise anything that it cant deliver! Its entertaining enough and kept me thoroughly entertained throughout!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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