Pandorum stars Dennis Quaid, and Ben Foster as Lt. Payton, and Cpl. Bower. A member of a flight crew aboard the ship Elysium, a ship carrying 60,000 people sent desperately from the now overpopulated earth in order to find a new planet to inhabit. Bower, and Payton wake up from hypersleep suffering from severe memory loss, and a serious case of where/when the fuck are we? They soon learn that something is just not right, and set out to repair the ships nuclear reactor, in order to get them back on track.
Pandorum is a pleasant mix of films like Supernova, Event Horizon, and even The Descent. Much like The Decent, there’s an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia all throughout the film, especially when Bowen is slithering his way through the ventilation shaft to get to the other side of the locked door caused by interference from the on-the-fritz reactor. Foster does a good job portraying this dreadful sense of being trapped, I squirmed while he began to panic. Even when our “survivors” are out in the ship, you still feel it. Dark, bleak, no windows, all the doors are jammed. If this type of thing is horrifying to you, you’re in for a treat. Even though they are in a much bigger space, I feel that Pandorum did almost as good of a job creating this sense of dread as Neil Marshall’s The Decent.
The acting suits the parts, with good performances from both Quaid and Foster. No wooden lines as far as I could tell. The cinematography was spectacular, and really draws you in to the film. The practical effects are done very well, and even the CGI didn’t bother me in this one. They did a good job blending the two. It’s a fairly violent and bloody movie, so if you’re wondering about the gore factor, it delivers plenty to quench your bloodlust.
I’m not sure why this flick bombed at the box office. Actually, I take that back. It’s clearly not made for the Twilight crowd. This is a gritty, violent horror/sci-fi flick, and none of the baddies sparkle. Just pure, unadulterated badassery. I picked this flick up for 5 bucks at a video store that was going out of business, and I’m glad I dropped the dough to catch it. I’d recommend you doing the same thing. Hit ebay up, you’re bound to find a copy for 10 bucks or less. I promise, you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you like space-horror types of movies.