The third star was hard to give. It was earned by the story. Or the premise. I don't really like thrillers, and the fact that this is not a good thriller saves it. It has severall holes that break the continuum of the thriller tension, and that's a good thing. There is time for other things. With the same premise, other films could have been produced, if this genre created by Alien wasn't so appealing. Stop already!
If you have any interest in using cinema as entertainment, this is the wrong choice for you. I have not seen a film this uninteresting in years, with the exception of the critically acclaimed The Social Network. Please avoid this if you have any desire to be interested, and watch something like Moon instead, which was brilliant. It's so boring I'm crying.
SF junkies are used to disappointment. When a trailer looks marginally promising we still give it a go in the wishful hope that we may be surprised. Pandorum has great potential in the beginning, with style and atmosphere that allows the junkie to forgive a lot of the sci-fi formulism. Then the indiscretions in plot start demanding more of one's forgiveness. This junkie's "pandorum" is omg, I want my time back.
This movie strikes me in a weak point: my love for sci-fi blended with horror. You know the names, Alien, Point of no return and so on...Pandorum manages to keep up tension until the end (but not the very end), sometimes is a bit confused but the whole story is straightforward. Great actors, scary creatures, a bit of action and a eerie atmosphere. Nice shot!