Pandorum 2009

Pandorum

Critics Consensus

While it might prove somewhat satisfying for devout sci-fi fans, Pandorum's bloated, derivative plot ultimately leaves it drifting in space.

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Astronauts Payton (Dennis Quaid) and Bower (Ben Foster) awake in a hypersleep chamber with no memory of who they are or what their mission might be. While Payton stays behind to monitor the radio transmitter, Bower ventures out of the chamber into the seemingly abandoned spaceship. The men quickly realize that they are not alone and that the fate of mankind hinges on what they do next.

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Critic Reviews for Pandorum

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (63)

  • As the credit "Produced by Paul W.S. Anderson" attests, this is hackwork of the highest order.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It takes a brilliant concept and stellar performances and buries them in banality and mediocre scares.

    August 12, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Pandorum is a hodge-podge of familiar sci-fi stuff, which feels as if it were adapted from a computer game.

    October 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Alvart achieves a strong sense of scale, but characters and ideas are lost amid a mess of fight scenes that, oddly, look like outtakes from 'The Descent'.

    October 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Pandorum is less a story than a prolonged bout of paranoid hysterics, exuberantly played out on metal gangplanks and inside Stygian tunnels. As such, it works just fine.

    October 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Riffing on Alien, Sunshine and Resident Evil, the German director Alvart finds an effective balance between action-excitement and psychological chills.

    October 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pandorum

  • Oct 27, 2017
    Not a bad film but it never really tried anything new and it felt like a mixture of Resident Evil, Alien and The Descent all in one, It's very dark and gloomy, Everyone is always whispering which was annoying and it wasn't the best acting you will see, I did like the twist at the end but it wasn't enough to make this a good film, More like an average forgettable sci-fi flick.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2015
    This was the first movie in a while that have me the chills. Though the story is a little lose and strung out, it gives you numerous twists. The scope and effects are believable, and the cast is good.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2014
    They tried. When Malthusianism meets the Nobel Savage is what happened in this science fiction horror film. Ben Foster starred as Coporal Bower who must try to save the spaceship from destroying itself when it is all there is left for the humanity, unfortunately something more sinister is lurking within the ship and he must fight for the survival or human race. I really liked the premise, it's a Lovecraftian tale of the unknown in the outerspace, but with a twist on the capacity of the human race to survive and the debate on population control. I think the message wasn't well recieved as I was viewing this film but after thinking about the message I realised how clever the writing is. The problem with the film were the unrealistic setting and slow pacing, otherwise this German-American production had a lot of potential.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2013
    This seems to be critically panned by both "the educated and non educated". Let me buck the trend and reveal how much I liked this film. As the puzzle starts to have pieces placed within it, we get more and more truth revealed to great dramatic effect.
    John B Super Reviewer

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