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Title: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: indianasmith on January 24, 2010, 09:12:03 PM
I guess I missed the ads for this when it was in the theaters, but it is the best sci-fi horror film I have seen in a LONG time.  I thought it approached the original ALIEN both in its casting and in its sheer, erie sense of impending menace.

The Elysium is a colony ship, created to deliver 16,000 humans to a far-away planet which has been found capable of supporting human life.  In the midst of the voyage, a young flight crew corporal wakes up from hypersleep to find the place deserted.  He wakes up his lietenant to see of the can figure out what is going on.  They are locked into the hypersleep chamger, power is surging on and off randomly, and there are no communications with any other part of the ship.   He goes crawling off through the ship's ductwork to find a way to open the chamber from the outside and finds that the ship is overrun with highly agressive humanoid aliens.  A handful of humans live in hiding, moving from compartment to compartment trying to avoid becoming dinner.  And the power surges are increasing in frequency as the ship's reactor is offline and limping towards catastrophic failure.

How long have they been adrift in space?
Can the young corporal restart the main reactor?
Where did the aliens come from?
Why is all communication with earth cut off?
Is any of this really happeneing, or are some of the crew suffering from the rare form of space madness known as PANDORUM?

This is a real must see for any fan of creepy, high-budget sci-fi.  I enjoyed it more than any film I've seen in quite awhile.


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: Jack on January 25, 2010, 08:05:20 AM
Is this movie full of that MTV style editing?  That's the only thing that's preventing me from seeing it.  Otherwise it seems very interesting.  But I can't stand movies that look like an incomprehensible strobe light effect.


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: Neville on January 25, 2010, 05:26:46 PM
The critics were extremely harsh with this one in my country, but I found it very enjoyable. It's a Event horizon copycat, so what... it even surpases it on a few moments. And the whole idea of waking up in a dark spaceship not knowing anything about yourself or what you're doing there... [shivers]

I found that premise extremely intriguing, and the momentum worked right through the end. The only things I could have done without are the creatures and the occasionally silly editing. It could have been just as scary just with mad people running across the ship, no need to bring up creatures stolen from of The descent.


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: 3mnkids on January 25, 2010, 07:57:00 PM
You didn't find the movie too dark and some of the actors hard to understand? Specifically the character Leland? I think that was his name. I couldn't understand a word he was saying and considering he was telling what happened, it was a problem. 

I thought the plot was cool, the acting alright, and other than being too dark it looked pretty good, not being able to understand the dialogue just killed this for me. petty? maybe, but what can I say   :teddyr:


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: indianasmith on January 25, 2010, 10:52:53 PM
I didn't have that hard a time understanding him. 

Parts of it were dark, but it was on a spaceship with power systems failing.

The dark worked.


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: Neville on January 26, 2010, 05:56:39 AM
3mnkids, did you watch the film on a theatre or DVD? I can't tell how it will play on DVD, but on theatres the dark wasn't a problem. As for that guy speaking weird, I'm from Europe and I saw it dubbed. Maybe they made him easier to understand, it could happen.


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: 3mnkids on January 26, 2010, 07:34:58 AM
3mnkids, did you watch the film on a theatre or DVD? I can't tell how it will play on DVD, but on theatres the dark wasn't a problem. As for that guy speaking weird, I'm from Europe and I saw it dubbed. Maybe they made him easier to understand, it could happen.

I watched it on DVD.  I dont know, it just really pulled me out of the movie. It gets old saying.. WTF did he say? What did she say?   :teddyr:


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: Trevor on June 18, 2013, 01:12:13 AM
I saw this two days ago and my reaction was mostly  :question: :question: :question: and then another  :question:. Technically good and produced by the team that did Event Horizon but I really didn't know WTF was going on most of the time, until the ending.


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: The Burgomaster on June 18, 2013, 08:01:25 AM
This was one of my Netflix rentals awhile back.  After about 20 minutes, I couldn't wait for it to end.



Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: Trevor on June 18, 2013, 08:05:19 AM
This was one of my Netflix rentals awhile back.  After about 20 minutes, I couldn't wait for it to end.

I hear you: Anje Traue was quite pretty though and so was Dennis Quaid..... ermm, I mean, he looked like he was in another movie altogether.  :wink:


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 18, 2013, 08:32:30 AM
I saw this one a few months back... I thought it was pretty forgettable.


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: Jack on June 18, 2013, 08:33:57 AM
It's actually become quite a favorite of mine.  I guess there's nothing all that special about it, it just happens to work for me personally.


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: claws on June 18, 2013, 10:16:26 AM
The trailer never appealed to me but I've been still meaning to check it out ever since first released. Maybe someday ...


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: ChaosTheory on June 18, 2013, 11:03:36 AM
I watched this because Ben Foster's in it.  Someday I'm going to stop falling for that...

I didn't dislike it, but it wasn't anything too memorable either.  The narrative seemed to be a straight take on the pilot for RED DWARF, which I found kind of amusing.  I kept waiting for The Cat to pop out of a vent  :teddyr:


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: BakuryuuTyranno on June 19, 2013, 01:09:33 PM
I detested this movie - everything from the gratuitous use of religious iconography to the moronic (and obvious twists) to the pointless "the survival of humanity depends on this" thrown in - it all screams "amateur scriptwriting"


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: Trevor on June 20, 2013, 03:09:08 AM
I watched this because Ben Foster's in it.  Someday I'm going to stop falling for that...

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

So how was the remake of The Mechanic for you then?  :wink:


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: ChaosTheory on June 20, 2013, 11:22:46 AM
I watched this because Ben Foster's in it.  Someday I'm going to stop falling for that...

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

So how was the remake of The Mechanic for you then?  :wink:

Well, B. Foster and Statham, so there's that... :wink:   I've seen worse remakes but it was also pretty forgettable.


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: Trevor on June 21, 2013, 12:44:55 AM
I watched this because Ben Foster's in it.  Someday I'm going to stop falling for that...

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

So how was the remake of The Mechanic for you then?  :wink:

Well, B. Foster and Statham, so there's that... :wink:   I've seen worse remakes but it was also pretty forgettable.

Agreed: the original with Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent was much better IMO.  :smile:


Title: Re: PANDORUM (2009)
Post by: Neville on June 21, 2013, 01:06:25 PM
I adm9it it, this film loses a lot of appeal after the first viewing. In the theatre I could just enjoy the claustrophobia and ignore the weak writing. I've watched it again since then and I couldn't stop thinking how silly the speed-up monsters look and how boring some of the scenes are. I still do like the opening scenario and the final plot twists. If you have to go retard, just go full retard. Robert Downey Junior's logic doesn't apply in B movies.