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.
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!
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!
Great production design. Ben Foster is very good. Bad writing though and the other characters aren't given enough to make you care. Probably not worth the three stars but I have a soft spot for these sci-fi thrillers.
Enjoyable enough sci-fi horror actioner that is easily more interesting when it's tracing Ben Foster's trip around the ship, fighting off weird mutants. When it's focusing on Dennis Quaid and Cam Gigandet arguing, it's very boring. In fact, the actual Pandorum bit of the story here is absolutely pointless. It should have just been Foster and friends being chased by mutants. Decent enough though.
Slightly reminiscent of books like Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three and Brian Aldiss' Non Stop but only on a shallow level. Otherwise it has too much silliness like people being thrown like ragdolls against metal walls and not breaking one bone.
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.