Pandorum Review

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Lieutenant Payton (Dennis Quaid) and Corporal Bower (Ben Foster) wake up from cryogenic suspension on an apparently deserted spaceship, with no memory of who they are, what their mission is or what the noises coming from the belly of the ship could be.


Astronauts Payton (Dennis Quaid) and Bower (Ben Foster), serving on a space ark which is conveying the last Earth folks to a fresh new planet, come out of cryo-sleep suffering from partial amnesia.

The ship is malfunctioning, and degenerate body-pierced mutant cannibals are running wild, so Bower takes a perilous journey through dark tunnels to fire up the reactors while Payton argues with a pessimist mystery man (Cam Gigandet) in the control room.

Pandorum is a hodge-podge of familiar sci-fi stuff, which feels as if it were adapted from a computer game – it’s a Paul W.S. Anderson production, directed by Christian Alvart (Case 39) – and spends so much time in the dark, with irritating jittery edits and indistinct action, that it barely flickers into life when all its mysteries are resolved.

Not much fun.