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When two men emerge from a deep sleep in the middle of space, they discover that they have no memories of who they are and where they're going. But their memory loss pales in comparison to the problem of the murderous warriors on board their ship who don't want to leave anyone alive.
Largely dismissed as yet another Alien carbon, the science-fiction/horror hybrid Pandorum exceeds the limits of that critique with an agreeable mix of atmospherics and high-voltage scares. Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid--two consistently watchable actors, and both well used here--are top-billed as a pair of space travelers who awake from lengthy hibernation with no idea who they are or how they got aboard a vast and seemingly empty spacecraft. Their exploration of the ship uncovers not only a handful of fellow humans, among them martial arts champ Cung Le and French scientist/requisite eye candy Antje Traue, but a host of feral mutants with unpleasant designs on them. Director Christian Alvert, who gained international acclaim among genre viewers with his thriller Antibodies, keeps viewers engaged and unsettled with shadow-steeped cinematography and elaborately creepy production design, though his own attention span, which can be charitably described as blink and you'll miss it, obscures the clashes between the human and monster cast. However, Alvert has a few twists up his sleeve for the finale--one inspired, the other, less so--which not only helps to smooth over any of Pandorum's rougher edges, but also indicates that he's a genre director to watch. --Paul Gaita
Stills from Pandorum (Click for larger image)
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- The World Of Elysium: Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
- What Happened To Nadia's Team Flight Team
- Training Video Audio Commentary with Director Christian Alvart and Producer Jeremy Bolt
- Deleted & Alternate Scenes*
- Still Galleries**
- Theatrical Trailer Sneak Peeks
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The film has some interesting concepts that it plays around with that are fairly original, & the protagonist's own internal struggle adds to the intensity of the film. There is some confusion with the end sequence has to how it would actually play out in reality, but I think it works overall. The film also has a familiar face play a character that is funny-insane migrating to dangerous/frightening-insane as elements of the plot are revealed. The film definitely has an audience and many will not like it - I don't think the concern is so much with actual plausibility of colonizing another world, so much as this is used as a vehicle for a psychological horror film. I think it works for the most part. If you like the horror genre that has a sci-fi backdrop, then I think this is worth a watch.
This one grabs the viewer from the first scene. "Pandorum" is "Passengers" on steroids from a different viewpoint and plot, executed on a marvelous, extended set with a great cast. It has a unique twist on the familiar plot where 2 confused star ship cosmonauts awaken too early from extended 'cold sleep' to disastrous, terrifying results. Starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Antje Traue, Cam Gigandet, Cung Le, Eddie Rouse, and others. Directed by Christian Alvant. Buckle up! My Highest Recommendation. Five MYSTERIOUS Stars. (Overture Films. Rated R. Color. HD. CC. X-Ray. Time-1:48.)
Rating 0 to 5 Stars
Story = 3
Acting = 3
Direction = 3
Fear or Creep Factor = 3 Cool looking creatures.
Gore = 4
Violence = 4
Sex/Nudity = No/No
Foul Language = Yes, but used sparingly.
Entertainment Value = 3+
or why or what happened. that makes them scarier. so if you wanna be scared then .. by all means.
Dennis Quaid is .. just a little bit .. odd in this film. I cant tell if it's the actor or the character. the punch line at the end is a good one. and it makes me happy
watching the last scene. a new world. if you can hold your breath.