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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising. A totally original modern sci-fi, 10 Oct 2009
This review is from: Pandorum [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Pandorum is ultimately a beautifully choreographed game of cat & mouse between human and monster around an enormous, abandoned space ship. If I didn't know otherwise, I'd say that it's probably an adaptation of some kind of best selling video game. In fact, the best thing about Pandorum is that it's totally unique.

What begins with two characters awaking from cryogenic chambers, having completely lost their memories, soon turns into something I can only describe as a brilliantly tense cross between Neil Marshall's classic The Descent and Frank Vestiel's more recent Eden Log.

Director Christian Alvart not only appears to be a master in tension-building, but has a fabulously witty sense of humor. Those tied up within the film's complexities probably won't notice this, but there are definitely some sly jokes mixed in with the scares.

In conclusion, there's some very good acting on show here as well as a great few twists waiting for you within the final 10 minutes. It's not the next Alien and critics won't be friends with it, but it's certainly a very good evening's entertainment.
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2010 12:33:49 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2010 16:49:10 GMT
A. Stimpson says:
Think again.

Posted on 15 Feb 2010 11:49:27 GMT
P. Reynolds says:
By 'totally unique' d'you mean 'inspired by Alien and Event Horizon'?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2010 19:47:18 GMT
P. Jackson says:
Mitchell: No. I mean Eden Log. Do your homework. Stimpson: Good answer. Reynolds: No.

Posted on 10 Apr 2010 13:19:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2010 13:25:00 BDT
O Hooligan says:
It's only 'totally unique' if you've never seen the Alien franchise, Event Horizon, The Descent, The Matrix and er...Resident Evil.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2010 14:35:26 BDT
No, he means the French film Eden Log, not the thriller Eden Lake.

Posted on 3 Jul 2010 10:58:37 BDT
rantingsmith says:
Wow, all I can say is that we have a very, very very different idea of what makes a good movie. I certainly did not find it tense nor beautifully choreographed. Yes it did smack of something adapted from a video game (that's a big minus for me as far as films are concerned).

What can I say it just did not grab me the least, was going to turn it off after 20 mins but persisted to the end only to wish I had. Predictable and boring.

I am just glad I did not spend the money to see it at the cinema.

Definitely not the next Alien and not as bad as d.Darko (Donnie Darko2) but close!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2010 20:02:30 BDT
P. Jackson says:
rantingsmith: 'it did smack of something adapted from a video game (that's a big minus for me as far as films are concerned).' ...Yet you so highly regard Alien?

Other than that, your post is simply down to personal opinion, with no insight into why or how you thought the film was 'predictable and boring'.

Also, I think you mean 's.Darko', not 'd.Darko'.

Posted on 5 Aug 2010 13:16:24 BDT
Neil says:
It probably reeked of something from a video game simply because it ripped off the PS3 game DEAD SPACE shamelessly. However DEAD SPACE itself is a genre riff of movies such as Event Horizon, The Thing and the Aliens franchise. Having said all that Pandorum is enjoyable but quite average compared to all the aforementioned. It isn't even as good as the Resident Evil movies which at least don't take themselves too seriously whereas this tried to be something it clearly wasn't. As soon as the creatures were revealed (which wasn't too far in) any scares were off the cards and you were left with something that wouldn't be out of place on the SyFy channel as their TV movie of the week...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2010 18:09:02 BDT
P. Jackson says:
Sylver: Right. I actually agree that the 'monsters' were revealed a bit too early, but I wouldn't agree with the rest of that statement. In my review you'll see my comparison to The Descent- another piece in which the 'monsters' are revealed very early in, but henceforth gets very scary whilst still managing to maintain and build tension. It's very difficult for filmmakers to get the balance right. Whether you picked up on that I'm not sure, but what I am sure of is that Pandorum does a damn decent emulation.
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