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Review of Pandorum (2009)

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We're not out on the belt collecting data. And we're not hauling cargo. We are the cargo.

Alien zombies? Check. A kickass female lead? Check. Surreal action and storyline? Check. These are just some of the facets given to audiences in Pandorum, which apparently bombed at the box office. I don't see why - the concept is new, plus the actors gave okay performances. Maybe they didn't like the idea of mixing two franchises (Alien and zombies) together, but I don't really know.
Corporal Bower (Foster) suddenly wakes up in a capsule with hardly any memory of what has happened to him. After a few moments of hysteria, he regains control of himself and remembers bits and pieces of his past. It is then when another capsule is opened and Lieutenant Payton (Quaid) awakes, and experiences the same effects as he did. Together they realize that they are on the spacecraft, Elysium, that carries the last members of the human race (although the last fact didn't come to them until much later). Payton instructs Bower to try and unlock the huge metal door from the outside, and they maintain constant communication via mini walkie talkies. As Bower finds himself outside, he bumps into another space crew member, who seems to be running away from something. He then comes across bloodthirsty cannibal creatures, and after killing a few of them, is rescued by Manh (Le). In the process however, he loses contact with Payton, who is left to ponder on the goings-on outside. He isn't left alone for long, as another capsule opens and out drops another space crew, Gallo (Gigandet). Bower then learns that he and the rest of the crew are what is left of the human race, and that they are on a pre-coordinated flight to a planet said to mimic the living conditions on Earth, were hopefully, Man could start anew. Problems arose when some of the crew mutated and became the cannibalistic creatures Bower ran into later. Joining the crew is Nadia (Traue), who seems to have been awake longer than Bower or Manh, and who directs them to the ship's generator. The moment the generator shuts down, all hope is lost, and Bower is left to work against the clock in order to put the system back together again while dodging the feral creatures who hunger for flesh.
A surprising twist, one which I wouldn't give away, since it's what made the whole movie "work" for me. Science fiction fans, go see this one. If you enjoy Alien and the works of George A. Romero, go see this one as well.
Added by moviebuffgirl
7 years ago on 27 July 2010 15:50

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