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Pandorum (2009)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Christian Alvart

Writers: Travis Milloy

Christian Alvart

Tagline: Don’t fear the end of the world. Fear what happens next.

Plot: A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.

Cast: Dennis Quaid – Payton

Ben Foster – Bower

Cam Gigandet – Gallo

Antje Traue – Nadia

Cung Le – Manh

Review (spoilers):

Pandorum seemed like a decent movie to watch on a rainy Monday afternoon. It has a pretty high rating on imdb for a sci fi/horror flick so I was instantly interested in watching in it. Little did I knew that this movie will turn out to be a complete disaster. It has very poor script writing and, worst of all, doesn’t offer anything new nor innovative. In theory, it had huge prepositions for becoming a memorable movie in it’s genre, but in practice, it is utter rubbish not worth watching at all.

The plot goes something like this: In distant future our planet, Earth, becomes overpopulated. So 60 000 people are sent in a huge spaceship to colonize a new planet, named Tanis. But during the flight,  the 3 members of the flight crew find out that the Earth somehow (never explained) exploded and because of this discovery they experience Pandorum – “a psychological condition brought on by extended periods of hyper-sleep (suspended animation) and its symptoms and effects, including severe paranoia, vivid hallucinations, and homicidal tendencie”. The members of the flight crew kill each other and only one survives. He soon starts to play god with the ship’s travelers who sleep sound in some sort of cells. In the meantime, a flesh eating mutant outbreak occurs. Some people wake up from their cells and find themselves in the middle of this hell made of this Pandorum & mutants. Wait, what? The whole movie’s synopsis doesn’t make any sense at all, it’s just… retarded.  When I watched it, I had to click pause every 10 minutes so I could read on the internet what’s currently happening in the movie. I just didn’t understand a thing…I mean, I did but it seemed a little too stupid to be real. You don’t get any decent plot explanation until half through the movie. It was all very confusing and strange to watch, in a bad way. And I really think they should have made this movie with one threat, not two. It would have been a lot of better if it focuses it’s plot on only this Pandorum or on the mutants, not on both. The former would make a nice sci fi slasher and the latter a good survival sci fi horror, I guess.

But let’s put aside this awful script writing for a minute. I just have to say that the mutants look exactly like the ones from The Descent… And that’s not all of it. Some claustrophobic scenes and neon lightning are also very similar to our beloved British movie. Yes, Pandorum just looks like a stupid sequel of The Descent that is set in space. Yawn. And of course, every real sci fi fan would instantly notice some similiarities between Pandorum and the Alien serial. In short, this movie offers nothing new! Furthermore, Pandorum is very boring due to it’s awful script writing. You would at least expect some killing in this movie but that doesn’t occur until late in the movie and those kills weren’t nothing special. Now that I think about it, I can’t remember anything positive about Pandorum, it was very painful to watch it. And yes, let’s not forget about the wooden, one dimensional, undeveloped characters in it, the existence of some of them was clearly unimportant. It is simply amazing how Pandorum turned out to be so bad.

My Rating: 3/10… A movie that could have been good, it turns out it has a retarded script, which makes it painful to watch