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  • Summary: Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone - and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined. (Overture Films)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 9 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Justine Elias
    75
    Pandorum is a dark, disquieting dream worth watching out for.
  2. Handsomely mounted, emotionally involving sci-fi movies don't often show up in the darkened galaxies of our theatre chains. So Alvart's English-language debut is definitely a film you want to catch on the big screen. Just don't sit too close, lest you end up with a dose of pandorum.
  3. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    58
    How brazenly can one film rip off "Alien," "I Am Legend," and, somewhat oddly, "The Poseidon Adventure"?
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    30
    Special effects are none too convincing, while sound effects are of the cheaply jolting variety favored by producer Paul W.S. Anderson in his films as director ("Resident Evil," "Event Horizon"). Other tech credits are, like the pic as a whole, lazily derivative.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    30
    Keeps its audience in the dark -- literally and figuratively -- far too long to be of much use besides as a patience-trying exercise in reference spotting.
  6. According to the press notes, pandorum means “Orbital Dysfunctional Syndrome”; whatever that is, by the end of the movie I was convinced I had caught it.
  7. 0
    In all fairness, the sheer, overwhelming mediocrity of everything about Pandorum – Travis Milloy's hackneyed, ultra-derivative script, Alvart's plodding pacing and dull direction, even the eventual crimson tide of gore that duly arrives just in time to keep audience members over the age of 13 from dozing off – may well constitute a new breed of horror: In space, no one can hear you snore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 119
  1. JohnS.
    Jan 23, 2010
    10
    To hell with the critics. Awesome movie!
  2. Emmanuel
    Nov 25, 2009
    10
    Wow, I really don't understand critics. Off course the movie has some flaws, but C'MON! it's pure entertainment and the final is just amazing and surprising. I think this movie deserves a 9 but I'm giving a 10 because of the stupid critics. Expand
  3. Jul 26, 2014
    10
    For me maybe the best sci-fi in the last decade, the only one which I enjoyed from beginning to the end
    without being bored for just one
    minute! Strongly underrated piece by my opinion. Expand
  4. DavidB.
    Sep 25, 2009
    8
    I saw this at a sneak preview last night and I have to say I enjoyed it. The plot line was really very interesting and there were some nice twists and turns. It does stumble over some of the standard genre cliches (think lots of long dark hallways) but it was an interesting premise and had a good mix of psychological and physical suspense. I was really impressed with Ben Foster's performance. Expand
  5. ToddC.
    Jan 24, 2010
    8
    I'm somewhat surprised to see a really, really bad review for this movie by the Critics. Maybe 50%, but not as low as 28%. It's like Equilibrium; there's great potential. Don't take this movie as a professional, high-budgeted movie. I will say that this movie would be enjoyable to certain types of people, and based on User Reviews, majority say it's pretty good. If you like survival horror, then this movie might just be for you! Also might be enjoyed by sci-fi fans. And for those Xbox360/PS3 gamers who have Dead Space, this movie is like that (I've noticed that someone else in the User Review mentioned the game too!), but with less shooting and more running away, trying to survive, from man-eating humans. Yes, the main characters are being chased by....humans, or more like humans who evolved to survive inside the ship. I would like to mention for those who can withstand watching horror movies and games, it is not very scary, but more suspenseful, more "on-the-edge-of-your-seat" type of movie. So I hope if you do watch it, you love survival and not looking for hardcore horror. I guess it's just how I am, but I like the feeling when the characters have no clue where they are, what they are supposed to do, and they're stuck, trying to figure what is going on, like the game Myst. Yes, it does take patience to finally know the whole scenario. But I liked the plot. Here's a small summary about the movie (I'll try not to spoil) : The main character, Bower, and his Lt., Payton, are awakened in their space ship. After awakening from hypersleep (a long hibernation), they realized the Flight Crew # 5 was not there to greet them (Bower and Payton are Flight Crew # 6, I believe). Flight Crews rotate command of the ship. All non-active flight crew members go back to hypersleep. Bower and Payton became suspicious after realizing that the ship seems to be having problems, especially with the power supply. There was no response from the bridge (command center/navigations/cockpit) and from Flight Crew # 5 (who were supposed to greet Bower and Payton), and thus must investigate what is going on. On Bower's way to the source of the ship's power supply, he discovers these weird humanoids, and they are definitely hostile creatures. From there, he must try to stay alive, while figuring out what happened. He meets a few other survivors, and will sometimes recall some memories that he forgotten (due to temporary amnesia from hypersleep) which will reveal why he was part of the flight crew, why the ship was built, and where the ship was heading (it's main objective of voyage). Though survival horror movies have had a very common storyline (Main character must figure where he/she is, main character must survive, main character kills some enemies, main character is the only survivor, The End.), it is unique compared to others that I watched. I don't know, just give it a try and watch it! Expand
  6. J.D.
    Apr 15, 2010
    8
    The movie should have been much more atypical, without the martial arts hottie and the Xenomorph/Ghosts of Mars fusion monsters, but that does not detract from the masterful use of atmosphere and claustrophobia, along with the immense twists which occurs within the movie. The movie seems to just rush by as the plot becomes more and more engrossing as each minute goes on. Expand
  7. Kev
    Dec 3, 2010
    0
    This Movie was crap. Dark, poor acting and I watched it with no idea what was going on. Waste of time and money, don't bother. Crappy cheap syntho music, crappy cheap out of work or just starting out actors. 1 Expand

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