Pandorum Review – DVD/Blu-ray Release
Director: Christian Alvart
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Norman Reedus, Niels Bruno Schmidt, Delphine Chuillot
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: January 19, 2010
A ship hurtles through space containing the last survivors of a dying planet, Earth. The crew and passengers were put into hyper sleep for the journey to their new home. However for 2 of the crew things go horribly wrong, when they are woken to find the ship abandoned. They have also lost their memories and have no clue where they are, or what their mission was. To make matters worse the ship has acquired some unwanted guests, mutants that will stop at nothing to get hold of them.
Well, a ship lost in space… There’s a pitch that brings to mind some great films and carries with it the wildest of hopes. But unfortunately for this one, I’d have to say hopes unfulfilled.
I’m one of those sci-fi nerds that get really excited when ever I hear the words movie and space in the same sentence. And there have been so many good films of this type in the past, Event Horizon, Aliens and Sunshine just to name a few. I really buy into that whole in space no one can hear you scream concept. And I might be judging this a tad harshly, but I didn’t get that claustrophobic there’s no escape feeling whilst watching this. In fact I can’t remember even seeing one shot of space in the entire film?
Director Christian Alvart also borrows quite heavily from other movies, The Descent and Event Horizon being the most obvious. But saying all that, Alvart did bring a few new ideas to the table and an interesting concept that played on somewhat overused conventions of the genre. He also managed to establish a heavy atmosphere and succeeded for the most part, to engage the audience in the mystery surrounding the story. But I wanted more from this movie than it offered. Maybe that goes some way towards explaining why I didn’t come out of the cinema quite as happy as my companions. It did however succeed in relieving my craving for some deep space thrills and by no means can be considered a bad movie.
Overall I’d say it’s definitely worth seeing, just don’t expect too much from it as I did. Who knows if you watch it after reading this you may enjoy it all the more.