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Pandorum (2009)

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A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.

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Christian Alvart

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Travis Milloy (screenplay), Travis Milloy (story) | 1 more credit »
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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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Taglines:

Don't fear the end of the world. Fear what happens next. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the ship, 'Elysium', means a place or state of perfect happiness. In Greek mythology, the preferred heroes of the gods were transported to Elysium, their final resting place at the ends of the Earth. This is a figurative interpretation of the journey to Tanis, the Earth-like planet considered to be the paradise for the "chosen". See more »

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Pandorum being a kind of 'space madness' developed by exposure to space is put into doubt by what the audience learns in the final scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Recorded Voice: You're all that's left of us. Good luck, God bless, and godspeed.
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Crazy Credits

The studio logo segues into space. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Elysium (2013) See more »

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Better than most critics say
30 September 2009 | by Dave (freaky_dave)See all my reviews

I saw Pandorum last night and was somewhat impressed with the movie. After reading critics reviews, and how they trashed it, I was going in expecting less and was pleasantly surprised.

Pandorum borrows heavily from other sci-fi movies, but what movie doesn't nowadays. Taking a lot of ideas from Alien, a 1979 classic sci-fi movie, and borrowing the creatures from The Descent, another near classic movie from a few years ago, Pandorum was still impressive. The storyline wasn't completely original because it reminded me a lot of Event Horizon, but whereas Pandorum went more for a science level, Event Horizon was more supernatural. Most people trashed Event Horizon as well, but it was another movie I liked also, even though the ending of that movie was flawed. Of course I'm reviewing Pandorum, so I won't mention the former film anymore.

THe cast for the most part was rather good for a movie of this type. Ben Foster, and Dennis Quaid are the two most marketable names, but the other characters, outside of maybe the Cam Gigandet character, worked pretty good. My only real problem with Gigandet was that he overacted a bit, but otherwise everything was good.

The movie does claustrophobia well, and the entire movie had me jumping a lot. THere was tension, and for the most part the film was fast paced. I didn't find myself looking at my watch one time. THe visuals were decent, but the creatures should've been kept in the shadows more. Horror works best when the viewer uses his/her own imagination to visualize them.

Did I say horror. Well yeah because this is really a sci-fi horror film more along the lines of Alien as mentioned above. It doesn't match the classic status of that movie, but Pandorum is worth seeing for its psychological feel and how some people might act after being in space for so long. By the way, the movie does have a twist, which I will not spoil for anyone who wants to see it.

Note: THis is a film that may make most of its money on DVD, and will likely acquire somewhat of a cult status.


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