Tue 28 Apr 2015
‘Pandorum’ is not a very inventive or original film. Horror stories about space-ships overtaken by horrible monsters were already told a few times. The ‘Alien’ series is probably the most (deservedly) famous item of the genre. ‘Pandorum’ has no Sigourney Weaver in the lead role, and no HR Giger designed the sets – yet it’s quite a pleasure to watch with no dull moments, of course, only if you are an adept of the genre.
The century is the 22nd and mankind succeeded – as we all know by now that it will happen, especially if we watch many apocalyptic movies – to make planet Earth almost inhabitable. The only hope for mankind is a huge space Arch of Noah traveling in search of other habitable planets. Cryo-hibernation is the only way to survive the length of the trip, but the technology has some side effects which are used in a smart manner by the authors of the story. The lead heroes will have to fight not only the hideous monsters but also themselves or better say the psychological effects of the long and cold sleeping periods.
Such reasonable (in science-fiction terms) premises set the stage for an entertaining confrontation which is well filmed and reasonably acted (by Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster). German director Christian Alvart sets the right pace and adds a tone of Gothic horror to the whole story. The sets and the cinematography fit well and add to the atmosphere. I could not find any visible flaw to this film well made according to the rules of its genre.