Movie Review – Pandorum

pandorum_poster7Pandorum is a sci-fi adventure aboard a space craft 150 years in the future.

This interesting concept earns a 7.

Around 2150 Earth’s population has passed 24 billion and the competition for scarce water and food resources has pushed the planet to the brink of Armageddon. Scientists have discovered an earth-like planet and launch a colony ship with 60,000 people. The journey will take over 100 years requiring the passengers be put into sleep/stasis chambers except for the flight crew, which will be awake in different shifts.

This movie reminds me of another book. “Non-stop” by Brian Aldiss from the 1950s. It has a similar story but several differences. I would recommend Non-Stop for those sci-fi people out there.

Dennis Quaid is the lieutenant from Flight Crew 5. They (2 of them) wake up remembering very little and are trapped in the stasis compartment. Quaid does a nice job in his role and really makes you have to pay attention. The corporal (well-played by Ben Foster) gets into the other part of the ship via the air ducts (so typical…) to discover what has happened to the bridge and rest of the crew. Things develop and the plot moves on from there. I cannot really say more without giving things away, so I will stop here. Some good stuff though.

The plot was curious and then unplanned and then a bit of hmmmm. The more I think about it now, the more I like it. It seems to mix several different types of sci-fi movies together. It was clever and cinematographically enjoyable.

It is unlikely to be in the theaters for much longer, but that is where you should see it if given the chance.

~Elric the Damned

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