Movie Review: The Cave (2005)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2005 thriller starring Cole Hauser and Piper Perabo.

Synopsis: A team of scientists and professional spelunkers become trapped while exploring a newly-discovered massive cave system that is several miles long and mostly underwater. With very little hope of rescue, they continue on into the cave system in the hopes of finding another way out. However, they soon learn they aren't alone in the cave and have the potential to become some creature's prey.


I came across this film on one of our movie channels a couple days ago and, thinking it sounded somewhat interesting, decided to record it. My wife and I finally had a chance to watch it over the weekend and, while not quite as good as I hoped it would be, it did prove to be entertaining.

There are a couple things I found I really liked about this movie. The first was the feeling of extreme hopelessness created by where they were. Facing a variety of dangers while having a chance to escape is one thing. This movie took that to a whole new level both by having the team trapped below ground with no easy way to get out. And, just to add a whole new level of creepiness, they had to be under water half the time.

The monsters themselves were also somewhat interesting, especially when the movie reveals they all have some sort of parasite that will change anyone who is bitten or scratched by one of the creatures. The latter does create some suspense in itself because, when the team's leader, Jack (Hauser) begins to change, it does make you wonder if he's still looking out for his team or is leading them into a trap.

Probably my only real complaint about this movie is there is a bit too much human interaction. I'm OK with the members of an ensemble cast bickering on occasion. But, that seemed to be the majority of this film, at least for the first half of it. I must confess, their constant arguing, especially after Jack becomes infected, almost had me turning the movie off despite it, otherwise, being a decent thriller.

The Cave (Widescreen Edition)

Jack (Hauser) and his brother Tyler (Eddie Cibrian) are thrill-seeking professional cave explorers who run a team of the top divers in the world. They arrive in Romania with all...

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Final Opinion

It probably could have used a few more scenes with monsters. But, overall, I thought this was a decent thriller and is a movie I would recommend taking the time to watch.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 12/29/2016, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/24/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for product lines, pretty pictures and practical information.
The library system here has The Cave among its Blu-ray and DVD collections. This is a film that I look forward to seeing since it's setting in Romania (Nosferatu's homeland!) interests me.

It sounds from your review like this film has enough for more storytelling. Would there happen to have been a prequel or a sequel?

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