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While it might give spelunkers a few helpful hints about using their equipment,The Caveis strictly routine as anAlien-styled monster show. The film's major achievement is its impressive setting -- not a real cave under the Carpathian mountains (where the ill-fated characters are exploring "the Amazon of underground rivers") but a lavishly convincing cave set built on a Romanian soundstage. This gives first-time director Brad Hunt (a second- and third-unit director on theMatrixtrilogy) the movie's only claim to originality, as the cavernous interiors become a death trap for most of the nine-person team (led by Cole Hauser, and including Morris Chestnut, Daniel Dae Kim from TV'sLost, andCoyote Ugly's Piper Perabo) that's exploring the maze-like cave for reasons never fully explained (maybe they just wanted to test out their fancy gear). They're not alone down there, and creature-feature specialist Patrick Tatopoulos borrows from the H.R. Giger design-book with some gnarly critters that, in turn, borrow elements fromThe Thingto foment suspicion and anxiety among the dwindling crew of survivors. It's all familiar to genre buffs, but there's just enough inThe Caveto satisfy the curiosity of its intended audience. Dumped into theaters for a marginal release in late summer 2005, it's precisely the kind of horror flick that finds a second life on DVD.--Jeff Shannon
over all... not bad If you are in the mood for a thriller and actors who are starting out, you may find this film a bit funny, scary, and suspensfully eerie. Not for anyone who cave dives thats for sure ! I was not expecting too much, and I did get more than I though I would for my money. Don' expect an Oscar, don't review as a Oscar contender, just enjoy a interesting tale.....with popcorn.
Not a bad film If you can accept the idea that no matter what it looks like, creatures always come across as corny, then you will find this movie entertaining. Also what appears to be a mistake is not, on rebreathers that they use in the movie, there is a mic for the divers can use to talk to eachother underwater on.Save your money If you find this movie for $5 or less I would recommend you buy it just to add a DVD to your collection. The very first thing in the movie that turned me off were the divers had their oxygen pieces in their mouths but you heard them speaking clear as day to one another. Their voices weren't even muffled; it was such a noticeable error. It made NO sense and once I saw that HUGH error I knew the movie was a BOMB. This movie should only be sold for $5.00 or LESS.