When you go looking for a new ecosystem, be careful what you ask for.

Thirty years ago a group of explorers investigate a church in Romania’s Carpathian mountains. They are looking for the entrance to a cave that is below the church. They blow an entrance to the cave. The explosion causes a land slide. The explorers are buried.

Decades later Dr. Nicolai, his assistant Dr. Kathryn Jennings and a scientific team are researching a Templar Knight legend. The legend says that the church was built to seal off a cave. Knights entered the cave to fight winged demons. The archaeologists discover a tunnel that leads them to the entrance to the cavern. In the cavern they find a system of caves via an underwater river.

They hire Jack (Cole Hauser) and Tyler (Eddie Cibrian) McAllister, a diving team, to take them through the river into the cave system to continue their research. They have with them the latest modern technology to explore the vast system of caves. They gradually progress deeper in beneath the mountains. As they do they begin to encounter strange subterranean creatures. A creature attacks one of the team causing his breathing apparatus to explode. The explosion collapses the tunnel trapping the team of archeologists deep in the cave system. They are a mile below the surface and three miles in. They need a way out.

As they progress through the system they enter an unknown, yet extremely hostile environment. The team encounters a parasite that turns all species carnivore. And there are bigger things to worry about. Jack is attacked by a creature and scratched. As they move through the system they find scattered around equipment from previous explorers. They move on and as they do hostile life forms await them. And Jack is changing. It is now a battle for survival.

“The Cave” was released in 2005 and was directed by Bruce Hunt. It stars Cole Hauser, Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian, Rick Ravenello, Daniel Dae Kim, Lena Hedley, and Piper Perabo.

If you’re claustrophobic you may not want to watch this movie. It’s spooky and scary. It’s in a cave a mile underground so it’s a little dark. I would have liked more monster time cause the monsters were great. It may appear a little slow in spots cause, well, they’re in a cave so you can only do cave stuff, however, I was pleased with the pace. Be patient there’s a lot of action to come. The movie came out around the same time as “The Decent” so it gets compared to it a lot. I was happy with the movie. I found it quite entertaining.