Pandorum (2009) Movie Review

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2009 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
108 minutes /

User Score: 82/100

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Pandorum Review


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

Pandorum (2009) is directed by Christian Alvart (Antibodies (2005), Case 39 (2009)) and plays out like a twisted horror sci-fi like Event Horizon (1997). This film had an estimated budget of $33 million and grossed about $10 million at the box office.

Pandorum is about a set of crew members who wake up on the spaceship Elysium with no prior knowledge to why and how they got there; they do not even remember their identities. Corporal Bower ( Ben Foster - Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)) and Lieutenant Payton ( Dennis Quaid - The Day After Tomorrow (2004)) play the awoken crew members. The spacecraft is a Noah’s Arc looking to populate a new planet but is also filled with mutated creatures.

Pandorum is a film laden with panic and tight spaces where the actors look like they may genuinely dislike some of the scenes confined spaces. The scenes will elicit some feelings of discomfort in the viewers, but then we get to the negative aspects of the film. Subtracting from that are the scenes that are shot too close that all we see a flailing arms with dimly lit menacing mutants. In the entire film, there is never one moment where we see the ships layout so we, and the characters, never know where we are currently. This lack of direction hinders the flow of the film because there is a scene where we see a mass grave site or was it the mutant creatures stockpile of food. You are left on your toes for the jump scares but never terrified. Perhaps the screenplay by Travis Milloy is to blame here. The sets are well designed, but the acting is either predictable or just plain horrible. Pandorum had the aspects of a good horror sci-fi film but fell so short of those expectations.


About Pandorum 2009

Title: Pandorum
Year: 2009
Runtime: 108 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.05/5 stars from 33 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 33
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Cam Gigandet, Norman Reedus, Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Antje Traue, Jeff Burrell, Domenico D'Ambrosio, Yangzom Brauen, Jon Foster, Don Jeanes, André Hennicke, Marco Albrecht, Asia Luna Mohmand, Delphine Chuillot, Julian Rappe, Neelesha BaVora, Albrecht Marco, Dawid Szatarski, Nico Marquardt, David P. Johnson, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Virginia Welch, Cung Le, Neelesha Barthel, Eddie Rouse, Friederike Kempter, Niels-Bruno Schmidt
Writers: Travis Milloy, Christian Alvart
Director: Christian Alvart