September 29, 2009
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I may be biased since I saw the weekend box office gross ahead of time. This isn’t an indication of anything to most people, but it does tip me off in how well the movie works. Of course, I have a special place in my heart for box office bombs (i.e. Push, Babylon A.D.).
Seeing Dennis Quaid in a sci-fi movie certainly got me in the door. What keeps you is the story. Part Resident Evil, part Event Horizon, this film revolves around Bower (played by Iowan Ben Foster). He awakens to find the ship dark and on the fritz. He and his Lieutenant Payton (Quaid) both suffer from memory loss, increasing their already disoriented atmosphere. The film revolves around Bower attempting to reset the reactor so they can continue their mission and find their bearings.
As Bower traverses the ship, he is met by survivors. Of what isn’t clear until near the end, but you know it’s a creature of some sort. At first it bugged me about the poorly shot creatures, but then I realized the more vague they were on screen, the more effective the tension was. On top of all this, is the concept of pandorum. A PTSD meets paranoia syndrome that may or may not be affecting the survivors. Adding this adds confusion of what is real and what is not. One specific moment Cam Gigandet brings the concept from idea to a cause of their predictament. If you enjoyed Doomsday or Event Horizon (or would love to see a mash-up of the two), give Pandorum a ride. 3.5 out of 5 stars.