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Pandorum (2009)

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Two crew members of a spaceship wake up from hypersleep to discover that all their colleagues are missing. Despite this, it appears that they are not alone.

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Christian Alvart

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Payton
Ben Foster ... Bower
Cam Gigandet ... Gallo
Antje Traue ... Nadia
Cung Le ... Manh
Eddie Rouse ... Leland
Norman Reedus ... Shepard
André Hennicke ... Hunter Leader (as André M. Hennicke)
Friederike Kempter Friederike Kempter ... Evalon
Niels-Bruno Schmidt ... Insane Officer 'Eden' (as Niels Bruno Schmidt)
Asia Luna Mohmand Asia Luna Mohmand ... Childhunter (as Luna Mohmand)
Delphine Chuillot Delphine Chuillot ... Young Bower's Mother
Wotan Wilke Möhring ... Young Bower's Father
Julian Rappe Julian Rappe ... Young Bower
Domenico D'Ambrosio Domenico D'Ambrosio ... Wounded Officer 'Eden'
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Storyline

Two crew members are stranded on a spacecraft and quickly - and horrifically - realize they are not alone. Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It's pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the ship. They can't remember anything: Who are they? What is their mission? With Lt. Payton staying behind to guide him via radio transmitter, Cpl. Bower ventures deep into the ship and begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft's shocking, deadly secrets are revealed...and the astronauts find their own survival is more important than they could ever have imagined. Written by Overture Films

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Worlds End. Fear Survives. See more »


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Rated R for strong horror violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | UK | USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese | German

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пандорум See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,424,126, 27 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,330,853, 19 November 2009
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Dolby Digital | DTS (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Australian rock band Pandorum chose the name of their band after seeing the film. They liked the meaning behind the term, thinking there is nothing left, thinking you can't be saved causing insanity, finding yourself in a state of Pandorum, See more »

Goofs

The characters didn't take the time to detect whether the downward force that allowed them to walk on the ship's floors was the ship's artificial gravity or that of the planet they landed on. The difference should have been measurable with a simple stepping on a scale. See more »

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[first lines]
Recorded Voice: You're all that's left of us. Good luck, God bless, and godspeed.
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The studio logo segues into space. See more »

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Better than Event Horizon and Ghost Ship combined
24 September 2009 | by dfranzen70See all my reviews

Echoing such luminous sci-fi classics as 2001 and Alien, Pandorum is a terrific psychological thriller, although it does struggle at times to be coherent and original. But it's a true mindbender, and it's packed with action that moves so quickly neither the actors nor the audience can really catch a breath, which is a good move if your plot is shaky to begin with.

As with the best deep-space movies, the context is mental illness, what the Professor on Gilligan's Island called, oddly enough, "island madness." Only in space. In the distant, distant future, a ship has been sent from the Earth carrying a lot of people, headed to the only Earth-like planet ever found. Sometime during the journey, things go awry. We pick up the story as an astronaut named Bower (Ben Foster) awakens from hypersleep, abruptly; he's soon followed by his commanding officer, Payton (Dennis Quaid). The rest of the crew is gone, and the only door is locked from the outside. What's happened here? Making matters more difficult is the amnesia that each man suffers from, owing to their having been in hypersleep way longer than intended. Somehow, they must piece together what has happened and find out what lies behind that door - and throughout the rest of the gigantic ship.

Not only does the movie recall Aliens and 2001, you can also see similarities to The Descent and The Abyss; really, any movie in which people are trapped in claustrophobic environs. And although the pacing is frenetic at times, the movie is really chillingly shot (by Wedigo von Schultzendorff). On the one hand, the plot flows linearly - Bower needs to get to the ship's reactor so he can reboot it and save everyone - meaning that the actors race from scene to scene, running out of time. On the other hand, they don't piece together what's happened as quickly as they might in other, lesser films; they seem to figure things out gradually, as if assembling a puzzle in their heads. Bowers and others - and there are others - discover right away, though, that they're not really alone on the ship and that their enemies are extremely strong and fast and vicious.

Injected into this oh-my-goodness-what's-out-there madness is, well, madness. The movie's title is explained as being a sort of mental illness that affects astronauts from time to time, when they just plain go bonkers for seemingly no reason and kill everyone on board. Is that's what's happening here? Is Bower the crazy one? Or is it Payton? Are they, in fact, alone on the ship? Foster is excellent as the hero who remembers a little bit more of their mission as time elapses; Quaid, in turn, shows a few more layers than we're accustomed to seeing from him (he's usually more of a poor man's Harrison Ford). Both actors turn in convincing, full-throated performances that complement, rather than succumb to, the special effects and cinematic wizardry. Often, the effects are the entire show. Now, it's true that you won't see a lot of character development here, as you might in the most cerebral of sci-fi, but what works best here is the paucity of knowledge about the situation and the characters. By spinning the tale gradually, feeding the audience only a snippet at a time, director Christian Alvart dangles the mystery in front of his viewers without allowing them to settle back and solve the mystery on their own. When you're constantly kept on your toes with sudden lurches of unseen shapes and reverberating noises, you - like the befuddled characters - are concurrently kept off balance. The result is an unsettling, entertaining delight.


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