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For Sarah (Shauna Macdonald), last years rafting trip with the girls
ended with the death of her little daughter Jessica (Molly Kayll) in a
carcrash ... however, this year Sarah has decided to go onto another trip
with the girls (Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Nora-Jane
Noone, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring, Saskia Mulder), and this time they go
Not too good an idea actually, since Juno (Mendoza), the one who picked
the cave, chose an unexplored one, and this cave ... well, isn't wuite
assecure as it should be, & eventually, their exit route caves in. On
top of that, another of the team, Holly (Noone) falls into a hole and
breaks her leg but bad. So here are our girls, lost inside a cave, not
knowing if they ever find out, with one of them badly injured, could it
come any worse ?
Yes it could, since this cave is inhabited by some humanoid cave
dwellers who are also cannibals. They might be blind, but they hunt by
hearing. Of the girls, at first only Juno puts up a fight, and amnages to
kill some of them, but accidently, she also kills her friend Beth (Reid),
something she doesn't care to tell the others.
Injured Holly of course is the first who gets eaten up by the cave
dwellers, the others (well, not Beth) have escaped by now, only Sarah
stays behind, and only evades the cave dwellers by remaining very quiet
... and eventually, she stumbles over Beth, who isn't quite dead after
all, tells her that Juno has killed her (well, not quite), and asks Sarah
for a mercy killing, which she reluctantly hands out.
Later, the by now last two survivors, Sarah and Juno, meet, and when
finding themselves surrounded by cave dwellers, put up a magnificent
fight and kill all their adversaries. Then, to avenge Beth, Sarah puts a
blade into Juno's leg and makes off alone, virtually condemning Juno to
death, since the rest of the cave dwellers are close behind ...
Then she makes it to the surface ... well no, that was just a dream,
she's back in the cave, dreams of being reunited with her daughter and
calmly awaits death.
Not without its moments (especially some scenes depicting
claustrophobia are quite unsettling), overall the film is a disappointment
nevertheless. At first an endless amount of time is spent to set up the
situation (which mainly shows the girls caving endlessly and in great,
boring detail), but at the same time it leaves way too many questions open
(e.g. why is Juno such a tough-as-nails bitch, why do the girls meet
annually for adrenaline pumping activities, and what has any of this to do
with Sarah's daughter's death ?), to finally - and unexpectedly - drift
off into a horror story about cave-dwellers, but ultimately - and rather
unfittingly - emerge into an action flick with Sarah and Juno kicking some
major butt - and the ending I just couldn't get ... now why does Sarah
kill her only friend still alive, the one whe would have needed to get out
of the cave ? And once again, what does any of this have to do with
the death of her daughter ?