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Pandora Machine (2004)

Video  -  Sci-Fi  -  29 June 2004 (USA)
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Space Marines attempting to recapture escaped convicts must join forces against monstrous aliens.

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity and violence
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Student Film misses the mark
25 May 2005 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Sometimes a student film really reaches out and grabs you. The Clerks is probably the most famous; Cube is the only such sci-fi movie I can think of. This movie really fails in many different ways. Although the two main actors are OK, the over-use of bad special effects is grating.

Every several minutes the movie shows the same 6 or 7 still pictures of factories that look like the cover of Pink Floyd albums. One gets the impression that the director got really excited reading a book about semiotics in film and wanted to inject some warmed over Tarkovsky to make up for the lack of interesting, futuristic scenes.

Indy films are supposed to be about crazy maverick stuff, but the corporate dystopia theme is poorly rehashed in this movie. The theme of a mismanaged, corrupt private police force was first explored in Verhoven's Robocop. Much of the silly dialogue in Pandora Machine is designed to re-enforce the impression that greedy corporations would run a dedicated police force into the ground; there's this painful scene where a woman at the police station is giving a performance review in which she criticizes the protagonists for their cost over-runs. You feel like telling the movie, 'ok, we get it, big business is evil,' but it never lets up.

My girlfriend thought the acting was so bad that she called it 'a porn movie without the porn.' There's one rather erotic scene where a programmed woman rides the main character, but she looks to be in her late 20's or older. There is way too little erotica to vindicate this film's abysmal dialogue and painful-to-watch Commodore 64 graphics. I could only watch about 20 minutes at a time and eventually gave up on it after an hour.


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