Pandorum is not good, but neither is it unwatchably bad, nor without its points of interest. Imagine, if you will, taking the basics of Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and 28 Days Later, tossing in the aesthetic of a Resident Evil picture, adding a little Event Horizon, sprinkling a thin dusting of A.I. over it all, inserting a laugh out loud, transparent plot twist, and then shooting the whole thing in murky imitation of Ridley Scott’s Alien. The results would be this movie — and if that melange appeals to you, so might Pandorum. A space traveler named Bower (Ben Foster) awakes from deep sleep to find himself alone in a room on the ship with little power. Then his apparent commanding officer, Payton (Dennis Quaid), comes to. The two try to figure out what’s going on and hatch a plan to jump start the ship’s nuclear reactor — assuming Bower can get to it. What they don’t know is that much of the gigantic spaceship is inhabited by flesh-munching zombie-like mutants, not to mention hot babe Nadia (Antje Traue), inexplicable warrior Manh (Cung Le), and seemingly helpful cannibal Leland (Eddie Rouse). A lot of running around corridors in an attempt to avoid the mutants peppered with fights with said mutants and bits of explanation of what’s going on ensues. It’s moderately amusing if you’re in the mood, but it’s incredibly lacking in invention.
Director: Christian Alvart
Writer: Travis Milloy and Christian Alvart
Producer: Paul W. S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le, Eddie Rouse, André Hennicke and Norman Reedus