Wate of Money
Jon R. Ewen | Warsaw. IN | 08/06/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I really had high hopes for this movie...What I got was let down HARD....You can tell from the opening of the title that this is a LOW BUDGET film...I cannot review the whole movie for you because I could not bring myself to watch the whole thing...It really was that bad...It is like a bunch of amatuers tried to make a movie in their basement or a deserted wharehouse and use their computer to make some special effects...There is no chemistry between any of the actors and none of them convey any sort of plausable acting skills that would endear them to the character they are potraying.,,Their all good at cussing. This is just a BAD REMAKE of Aliens 2, which was by far better than this stinker. Save your money, if you really have to have it wait till I put my on sale on Amazon and you can have it for the price of shipping. I hope this helps some of you not make the mistake I made by buying this."
Karl E. Weaver | California, USA | 10/22/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Here's the deal. This must have gone straight to DVD because it still only has an MPAA "rating pending". Probably it never will have a rating. I would rate it "mild R" based on mild language and mild violence. No nudity (except partial female nudity in the "Pandora Machine" logo, at the beginning and the end of the DVD).
The most-promoted actors are Steve Deighan (Milennium Crisis, Great Pretenders), Tana Sarntinoranont (Blush and Lovesick), and Catherine Zambri (Marconi Bros, Mulberry St)- Zambri was just the ship computer's hologram.
It starts and it plays like "Alien" as well as "Aliens". A prisoner planet with an apparent uprising. Marines en-route to subdue, yet they're really just in service to a corporation trying to develop weapons. (sound familiar?) A dangerous corporate tool on board. A computer running the ship. Dark and aged interiors (like "Alien"). Garbled transmissions. A non-human predator. All this like the "Alien" stories. The visuals are far grainier than the usual movie-but after a while you get used to it. The acting is mediocre. There's no indication where this was actually produced. It's a mult-ethnic cast. I forgot to mention how the very beginning is reminiscent of Alien: the crew is all sleeping, and awake from sleep at the end of the flight and the beginning of the movie. First sci-fi or action film I recall where the love-interest is 2 female lesbians (I hope that isn't a plot-buster). Problems with the DVD: NO subtitling at all, and no special features. If you like sci-fi, you might find it interesting, even if low-budget and derivative (mainly from the "Alien" concepts). I did watch it all the way through. I won't spoil the rest of the plot."
Not Bad for an Indy SciFi
Lisa J | Chicago, IL United States | 09/21/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big SciFi fan and I always check out as many of the new films in the category that I can find. I just picked this one up this weekend and it was pretty decent and compelling. I've seen better FX, but this was a good story and the FX were good enough that it kept my interest. I did wonder why there were no Aliens, but the action and suspense was good, and the obligatory romantic angle was there also. I always wonder why there are not a ton of new indy SciFi films that hit the market, I wish there were more."