Cave, The
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -1 1/2

In this horror film set in the mountains of Romania, explorers come upon an abandoned Catholic church and discover a vast cave beneath. The explorers are lost, and the mystery of their disappearance is forgotten until years later. During a scientific study of these mountains led by Dr. Nicholai (Marcel Iures) and his assistant, Katherine (Lena Headey), the cave is rediscovered. The world's finest spelunkers accept the challenge of searching the depths of the cave for its secrets. Jack (Cole Hauser) leads the team (Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian, Rick Ravanello, Piper Perabo, Daniel Dae Kim) who soon discovers that the cave is inhabited by strange creatures. They find the remains of previous explorers, and the bloodthirsty creatures begin their assault on their new prey. The explorers must conqueror the cave's natural obstacles and horrific inhabitants.

The exploration team's curiosity is continuously perked as they find evidence of previous explorers. This feeds their quest for adventure and spurs them on to go farther than their predecessors. The loyalty of each team member is tested, and the commitment to teammates in trouble proves heroic and admirable. Reported in the movie as European legend, this cave is described as a portal to hell. It is interesting that the writers chose to have a "church"? built on top of the entrance of the cave to seal the entrance with the supreme power of God. The violence, other than a few arguments among team members, is mostly between humans and the cave-dwelling creatures associated with demons and the devil. Due to this creature violence and some objectionable language and profanity, Preview cannot give this move a positive acceptability rating.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes
Distributor: Screen Gems

Summary
Crude Language: Many times (20) - mild (hell 10, damn 1); moderate (b-stard 1); strong (-ss 5, SOB 3)
Obscene Language: Many times (10) - moderate (p-ssed 2); strong (s-word 5, BS 3)
Profanity: Several times (8) - moderate (MG 1); strong (GD 4, J 1, C 1, C-sake 1)
Violence: Many times - mild (multiple arguments, pushing and shoving between men; chase scenes between humans and creatures); moderate (several fistfights and kicking fights between men, creature is stabbed, creatures are shot with flame throwers and sonar guns, creatures drag into holes humans who disappear screaming); strong (creatures attack humans with minimal blood and gore seen but implied, scary monsters faces with sharp teeth, disturbing bodily remains with minimal gore)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Few times - mild (woman in tight sport outfit hangs from a boat mast, woman in a dive uniform has the front torn open to briefly reveal the side of her breast)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times - mild (references to people who like to be in tight spots with reference to going through small holes in caves innuendo associated with sexual intimacy)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: A church was built over the entrance of a cave to seal the demonic creatures into the depth of the earth with the stronger power of God
Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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