Watched last night, it was not what I expected. A must see for the sci-fi horror fan!
Cory M. from LOXAHATCHEE, FL Reviewed on 7/10/2012...
Fans of space Sci-Fi must check this one out. Definitely some ALIEN series influences with some Zombie flick elements thrown in as well. My wife says too scary, she didn't sleep well after! Loved the opening concept of exploding population growth and how this will affect earth in the years to come.
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An new twist on an old genre!
Robert Badgley | London,Ontario,Canada | 08/28/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Pandorum,released Sept/09,gives us an interesting and different twist in the Sci-Fi genre.The cast is generally confined to a few people at a time on screen and the film manages to capture and maintain an all-pervading atmosphere of oppression and danger,throughout its run. The story is set in 2247 and the Earth has gone to hell in a hand basket.It has sent a large spaceship full of new colonists(some 16,000 souls)to an Earth-like world some 40 light years away called Tanis,to resettle and populate.However something has gone terribly wrong during the flight.A Corp.Bower awakens from hyper sleep to find that he is seemingly alone on the ship the Elysium,in an ante room cut off from the ships bridge.Just as he regains some of his senses another stasis tube opens and out is ejected one Lieut.Payton.He is as confused as Bower due to their extended hyper sleep and they come to the conclusion that they must regain access to the bridge in order to fully reassess their situation,whatever it is. Bower elects to crawl through the above duct work in order to hopefully reach the bridge.However his claustrophobic antics in the ducts send him crashing to a grate,through that and then onto the floor;not on the bridge as he'd hoped.As he inspects his surroundings he comes upon a body suspended by a wire in a long hall way.The person is alive but he is no mood to help Bower and in short order Bower discovers there is more life on the ship than this man and the lieutenant;and it is quite malevolent.They hide but Bowers new "find" is dragged away to his death by the creatures;humanoid beings that run and crawl with amazing speed and wear an exoskeleton of bones. The farther Bower explores the ship the more creatures he encounters.In fact he manages to hook up with two other crew members along the way,a man(who speaks no English)and a woman;both are just as bewildered and terrified of their surroundings as Bower.Pieces of this mysterious puzzle slowly start to come together as the film progresses and we learn that these wild creatures roaming the ship were once humans like themselves.It seems that some genetic enhancement in their cryo-tube feeder lines which was supposed to help kick start life on the new planet has somehow mutated many of the colonist.Bower's memory also slowly returns to him bit by bit and he realizes that the reactor must be restarted in order to gain control of the ship properly.With this in mind he heads down to the lowest and most dangerous levels of the ship to reach it with his companions. Lieut.Payton meanwhile has had his hands full.A young corporal has come out of a cryo pod in Bowers absence and the corporal has all the signs of pandorum;a slow build up of extreme paranoia which can lead to severe harm to those around.As he deals with the corporal he tries to guide Bower and company to the reactor.Things however deteriorate to such an extent he is over powered and forced by the corporal to eject him off the ship in a life pod.But it is only a simulation run by the lieutenant and in there the corporal stays temporarily.Back at the reactor things are touch and go.The resting area for the blood thirsty creatures is at the base of the reactor.The walkway above which leads to the reactor controls gives way under Bowers feet and he falls to another extending section of the reactor.However he must go down and walk through the creatures while they rest/sleep and climb the ladder back up to the controls.Just as he reaches the ladder the creatures wake up and pursue Bower and company.Bower manages to finally get the reactor online which disintegrates many of the creatures at its base.However it is still a mad dash back to the bridge and "safety" from those creatures still alive,and there are plenty. The corporal that Lieut.Payton held in the pod is now out again and they are in a hand to hand struggle.Payton manages to subdue him with a tranquilizer gun,but wait.The corporal IS the lieutenant!He,suffering from pandorum himself,was responsible for ejecting around 1600 passengers early on in the flight.He re-entered a cryo sleep until awakened later to meet an unsuspecting Bower.Now Bower and the only one of two of his companions left,confront Payton.Payton opens the shield doors from the observation windows above to reveal an inky blackness with no stars.When an alien life form swims by the windows illuminating some of the surroundings,it is then they realize they are under water.The Elysium had crash landed underwater 923 years before.When a crack in the window forms during their struggle with Payton and water starts to enter,Bower and his companion enter a cryo tube and eject themselves.In short order what colonists that are left on board are also being ejected because of the hull breach.They all end up on the water surface looking across at a beautiful island with a waterfall;just waiting for them to finally begin their colonization of Tanis. The film moves back and forth between Payton and Bowers at just the right moments.Besides the creatures,there are rarely any more than three people on the screen at one time.The claustrophobia is maintained beautifully throughout and is heightened considerably in such areas as the duct work,full of round tubing that is unforgiving and almost seems alive.The big picture as to exactly what is going on is also kept to a minimum throughout.The characters and we the viewers are kept in the dark and only given enough snippets to pique our interest just to keep things moving at the pace the director wants.So when we finally realize that the corporal and the lieutenant are one and the same and the ship is actually under water and not lost in space,the punch is considerable.Well crafted to be sure and it is what makes Pandorum the good movie it is. Technically the film is in its' widescreen glory in its 2:35:1 a/r.The transfer is clear and crisp.Special features include three featurettes,one a behind-the-scenes,a mock flight team video for the Elysium and a Blair Witch-like video of what happened to Nadia's team.There is also the trailer,commentary and some deleted and alternate scenes.The DVD I have comes with a holographic like cover over the usual snap case.Nice. All in all a different,likable and smart twist in the Sci Fi genre.The oppressive atmosphere the makers maintain throughout the film is wonderfully done and they leave you guessing right down to the final moments.I recommend it."
...i love this movie...
Ctyve Sabbai | 10/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...i LOVE this movie...the isolation on the ship, the mutated beings, good action,good casting,good CGI. repeat viewings for me 3+..."
A pleasant surprise
RhythmKing | 10/20/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You already own the box set of the Alien Quadrilogy, and love any movie that deals with weird things happening in outer space. Event Horizon, Sunshine, Supernova, Solaris, 2001 A space oddessey. This movie belongs in the group. The acting is great, and although some of the plot is not surprising, other twists are. Don't pass this one up."
A very good horror-thriller about a hallucinatory catastroph
Channel KDK12 | New Orleans, LA | 09/30/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"On a ship carrying the last of humanity to a new Earth-class planet, the fifth rotation crew awakens to find the fourth rotation crew missing, and the ship limping along under minimal power. Attempting to reach the ship's reactors, Sgt. Bower [Ben Foster] encounters wicked space hounds, and a band of passengers who have awoken and become vicious scavengers, fighting for survival. It would help a great deal if he could remember his mission, but, like his Lieutenant [Dennis Quaid], the process of hyper-sleep has wiped out much of his memory. Worse, it may have sent him into madness, and all this is a terrible dream. Will his ship end up like the Pandorum, with all hands lost?
Pandorum is a pretty good example of dream horror. It becomes clear fairly early in the film that Bower may be hallucinating, may never have even left hyper-sleep. That would certainly be a better explanation for the horrors around him than the scenario of the ship being overrun by ghost-white hounds from hell and scavengers. But the film does an excellent job of keeping us guessing, as well as portraying the claustrophic quarters and ducts that Bowers must travel through. His plight is well-plotted and well-played, with all of the problems that would arise in such as situation presenting themselves, and no simple answers. Bowers must use his wits to determine what is real, to communicate with the scavengers, who are from all over the world, all speaking different languages, while dealing with crazed humans and even crazier beasts.
Overall, a good movie, worth seeing for its creepy, internally consistent portrayal of a hallucinatory catastrophe in space."
Best Sci Fi film in years!
Prissy | Woodbridge, VA USA | 09/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this through netflix and was surprised when I saw that critics gave this negative reviews. This was one of the most scariest, surprising, and unique sci fi films I'd ever seen. The ending shocked the hell out of me and it was confusing at times but I still loved it. It's the kind of film where you will watch it again and again and see little clues as to what happened.
The story begins when you see Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid's characters wake up from their hyper sleep induced for the long space flight and both have acute memory loss when they awake which is a side affect. You don't know what is really happening most of the film but I didn't find it slow because of flashbacks from the survivors. The director did a good job of making sure you were engaged and waiting to see what will happen next. As Foster leaves the perimeter of the ship, he comes across dead bodies and humanoid looking monsters that extremely strong, ugly and are also cannibals. The whole movie is about him figuring out who he is, where he is and what the hell is going on. Did I mention the monsters? Anyway, there are also a few other survivors on board and they journey across the other side of the massive spacecraft to reset the generator that Foster figures out needs to be reset before the ship loses all power and they all die (Foster remembers being a machinist of some sort). As the film progresses, it begins to unfold what their mission was, where the monsters came from and the very end shows what happened to the ship and yes I was shocked when it all unfolded. I've never seen a sci fi story like this one. I'm not sure everyone will even get it until a second viewing. In that respect this is worth buying because you need to watch it more than once. I recommend this movie to any sci fi lover who also doesn't mind some gore. It was brillant."