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Pandorum (2009)



A lot of dudes recommended this movie to me, and I emphasize dudes because this is a very dude-ish film. The movie takes place after the Earth has been wrecked and ravaged of its resources and left uninhabitable. Two flight crew members wake up from suspended animation with no recollection of who they are, what their mission is, or how long they've been asleep. They are on Elysium, a 60,000 passenger sleeper ship on it's way to the Earth-like planet, Tanis. Bower (Ben Foster) and Payton (Dennis Quaid) plan to save the ship from certain doom while slowly discovering who they are, encountering flesh-eating humanoid creatures, and battling the onset of the psychological disorder, Pandorum.

The story is rather complex and engrossing for a fairly standard action/sci-fi movie. They mystery of exactly what is going on builds throughout the whole movie and Bower meets some interesting characters, including a hot, ass-kicking female scientist. It's entertaining. Visually, I find it a bit mundane and boring. Most of the movie takes place in darkness and much of the internal scenery of Elysium looks the same. The humanoid creatures aren't exactly creative looking, but they serve their purpose as the constant threat. What really makes the movie worth watching at all is, like so many sci-fi movies based on mystery, the ending. There is a powerful catharsis upon the final realization and that's what is going to make people recommend this movie to others. In reality, it's pretty unremarkable for its genre, but probably will appeal to a lot of dudes.

Writing: 5/10
Acting: 5/10
Plot: 7/10
Visuals: 4/10

2 comments:

Adam said...

I take it you mean 'dudes' as in guys with a false machismo or otherwise 'bros'.

You're more open minded than I am. I don't think I could have brought myself to watch this film.

Nats said...

I'll watch just about anything, even if I'm pretty sure I won't like it. Sometimes movies are so bad, they're good (i.e. Land of the Lost).

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