Review: Pandorum

Pandorum (2009)
109 minutes
Rated – R
Directed by Christian Alvart
Starring:  Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster


Grade: C+

After a big weekend for Sci-fi movie fans, the horror fans were left wondering what happened to Paranormal Activity? Despite the hoopla over the mocumentary horror flick that opened up in just a handful of theaters, horror fans were left with one major release to titillate their terror needs before our horror holiday season–Pandorum.

After Corporal Bower (Ben Foster) awakens in his sleeping chamber on a spaceship destined for another planet like Earth, he discovers that something horrible has happened to the ship.  Once Lt. Payton (Dennis Quaid) awakens from his sleep, the two men desperately try to figure out a way to open the doors to the pilots bridge.  Payton remains locked in the room the two men awakened, while Bower crawls out through a vent so he can restart a generator and get to the bridge.  But what Bowers finds out is that the humans that were in charge of the ship while they slept, were gone.  Or were they?

Pandorum – definition (according to movie) – is when the mind breaks down into madness deep in outer space .  Or something like that.

For the sci-fi movie culture this movie will provide solid entertainment.  The storyline and twists can be complex at moments, particularly toward the end, so please be attentive as you watch this movie unfold.  The creatures appear to resemble the underground cavern monsters of The Descent so the lack of originality there is a little disappointing (although I can’t imagine how much more they could have done with it).

Both Foster and Quaid give performances that work for this film, although at times Foster’s character seemed a bit over dramatic.  Neither of their characters had much substance or back-story so don’t expect too much characterization in this film.  What you can expect is a dark, ominous set design, which appears to be the same set from Alien Resurrection, and cramped quarters that are not for the painfully claustrophobic.  At times this movie is laughable, such as when the none English-speaking man fights one of the monsters and the monsters throw him a weapon to use.  Seriously?  But you will also find some moments incredibly intriguing, especially if sci-fi horror films are something you cherish.

Overall, this highly suspenseful film will leave you with some very entertaining moments and an interesting storyline.  Although the movie is not much different aesthetically to other sci-fi movies of the past decade, the storyline is a little more unique than other films of the past.  However, it’ll be hard to compete with the incredibly popular and skillfully made District 9, which came out earlier this summer.  And it may also fall short of being the best sci-fi movie of the weekend.

Author note:

For all you horror movies fans reading my reviews, please stop by The Horror Lot to view more blog posts by me about horror genre films.  This post and my previous review posts can also be viewed there.  I will continue to post all my reviews on The Entertainment Blur as always, but you can find more horror specific news such as, upcoming releases, news of remakes or upcoming pictures, previews, and a look at the classics.

Stay tuned for The Entertainment Blurs Horror Movie Month in October.  During the month of October, I will be writing a blog once a week about a classic horror movie that people should watch during the month, culminating with my post on my ALTERNATIVE to “Halloween” on Halloween.


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