I came to know about this movie while clicking through movie trailers in Youtube and saw the trailer for this 2005 release. The Cave was released around the same time as Descent and followed by The Cavern, and they all follow similar themes. The movie stars Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian, Morris Chestnut, Marcel Iure?, Lena Headey, Rick Ravanello,Piper Perabo and Daniel Dae Kim.
The story is simple – 30 years ago a group of explorers are searching for a long lost Abbey in the Carpathian mountains of Romania. As they find it they are surprised to see that the church was built over an underground cave system. As they blast their way in, the floor gives away and they fall into an opening in the cave system. As the recover they hear a strange pinging noise in the darkness. The group is never seen or heard of from again. In the present day a group of expert cave explorers & climbers led by Jack & Tyler McAllister are hired by Dr. Nicolai & his associate Dr Katherine Jannings to investiate the dgepths of the cave. The crew includes rock-climbing professional Charlie, first scout Briggs, sonar expert Strode, survival expert Top Buchanan, and cameraman Alex Kim.
As Briggs is sent to scout for the first base camp, Strode wanders off and is attacked & taken away by a hideous demon like creature and his equipment explodes causing a cave-in. With their way back out blocked the team has to find another route out. Katherine finds a strange cave dwelling parasite which she later deduces has never seen the outside world. Jack is stuck while they move on through and attacked by a creature. Although he escapes from it’s grasps, he is injured and infected with the parasite. Jack also begins to exhibit a transformation of his senses, and physical features. He leads the team through various parts of the cave and although he looks & acts weird, Tyler convinces the others to follow his brother’s lead.
While the team go through the rapids that they come across Dr. Nicolai is attacked and dragged away by one of the creatures. The rest of the group find themselves facing a wall of rock and Charlie climbs the wall to find a way out. She is attacked by a creature and although she kills one, another one attacks and kills her. The group place Charlie down and notice the pupils of Jack changing to resemble the creatures. Remembering the remains of the previous explorers and the tattooed creature, they realize that the creatures are the previous explorers. They were transformed as the result of the symbiotic parasite that infects a host and begins to mutate it. In the case of humans, they are transformed into the mutant-humanoid demons, built for surviving in a cave environment. They have wings, amphibian skin, echolocation hearing (which are the strange sounds of them navigating in the dark), razor sharp teeth, and long claws. They are no longer human and they now only hunt down and slaughter anything that enters their new home. They realize Jack is quickly mutating into one of them, the team splits up, their trust in him shattered, but Tyler and Top stay with him.
Jack’s group finds a possible way out but Top gets injured and with Jack going through another change, Tyler goes to bring the other back. Briggs is killed and the other two rush off with Tyler. Alex is killed by one of the creatures, while Jack fights off two of them to get to some breathing equipment that the creature took away. As he causes and explosion, killing some of the creatures and himself, Top, Tyler & Katherine escape back to the surface. At the end of the film, as Top leaves in a cab in the town, Tyler is stunned to see that Katherine has been infected, as her pupils now resemble the creatures, and she leaves, disappearing in a large crowd of people.
Not too exciting, just a couple of good scenes here and there. Disappointing inspite of a good cast. 6 outta 10!