Pandorum

Pandorum

From the producers of the Resident Evil film franchise comes Pandorum, a terrifying thriller in which two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone -- and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.--©Official Site 2.0 out of 5 based on 13 reviews
Pandorum

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Genre Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Director Christian Alvart
Cast Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet Dennis Quaid
Studio Constantin Film Produktion
Release Date October 2009
Running Time 108 mins
 

From the producers of the Resident Evil film franchise comes Pandorum, a terrifying thriller in which two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone -- and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.--©Official Site

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Reviews

The Guardian

Xan Brooks

Pandorum is less a story than a prolonged bout of paranoid hysterics, exuberantly played out on metal gangplanks and inside Stygian tunnels. As such, it works

02/10/2009

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The Mirror

Mark Adams

Imagine Alien and then throw in a dash of The Descent and mix it with Resident Evil and you pretty much have this classily made horror-in-space number which moves at a nice pace, has a few chilling moments and holds the attention.

27/09/2009

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The New York Times

Jeannette Catsoulis

Working from an undercooked screenplay by Travis Milloy, the German director Christian Alvart is an effective manager of atmosphere but an inept choreographer of movement. Fight sequences are shot so closely, so frenetically and with so little light that they’re just a blur of flailing limbs punctuated with flashes of slobbering mutant.

26/09/2009

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Channel 4 Film

Catherine Bray

Far more terrifying than anything in the film is director Christian Alvart's statement. "Truth be told, this is only the first chapter in a trilogy of films I wish to make exploring the Pandorum universe."

05/10/2009

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

This film’s idea of reality – trash-apocalyptic and second-hand (Alien, Event Horizon) – will give it a few short weeks in cinemas and on DVD shelves.

30/10/2009

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Some scary moments, but its final half-hour is a right old mess, and the title is doomed never to be remembered.

02/10/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

It might have been fun if it weren't so humourless, or if it hadn't been shot in half-light. You'd think they'd have more powerful torches in the 22nd century.

04/10/2009

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The Los Angeles Times

Glenn Whipp

The sci-fi-horror hybrid "Pandorum" keeps its audience in the dark -- literally and figuratively -- far too long to be of much use besides as a patience-trying exercise in reference spotting. The movie owns a few interesting ideas, as well as an obvious devotion to the "Alien" franchise, but director Christian Alvart dishes out the dystopia in such bite-sized increments that you'll experience the titular cabin-fever sensation long before the film's characters do.

26/09/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Director Christian Alvart knows how to punch out elementary suspense in tight spaces, but each new survivor we stumble across is progressively worse company than the last, and while the merciless underlighting might have saved a few million on the sets, it gives you squint-ache.

01/10/2009

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Time Out

Nigel Floyd

Alvart achieves a strong sense of scale, but characters and ideas are lost amid a mess of fight scenes that, oddly, look like outtakes from ‘The Descent’.

01/10/2009

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Variety

Rob Nelson

Named for a mix of paranoia and delirium, "Pandorum" more strongly evokes the condition of deja vu. Pilfering from "Alien" and "The Descent," as well as artier movies in which astronauts suffer cabin fever, director Christian Alvart ("Antibodies") leans heavily on quick-cut shots of snarling flesh-eaters aboard a spaceship and still manages to tempt the viewer into hypersleep.

25/09/2009

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The Daily Mail

Daily Mail reporter

By the time the film gets round to a couple of unimaginative plot twists, most of the audience will very sensibly have left, or succumbed to hypersleep.

02/10/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

Murky both literally and figuratively, the film was shot in Berlin's Babelsberg Studios where 80-odd years ago Fritz Lang made Metropolis and Woman in the Moon, the movie that invented the countdown for a space launch. Sadly none of Lang's magic or narrative logic has rubbed off on it.

01/10/2009

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