TV & Video Review: ‘Pandorum’ (DVD)

TV & Video Review: ‘Pandorum’ (DVD)

The poster and cover art for Pandorum was fairly misleading, but my best description of the film is it’s a captivating sci-fi that’s a cross between Cube, Serenity and Sunshine – but also entirely different. Astronauts Cpl. Bower (Ben Foster) and Lt. Payton (Dennis Quaid) wake up from hyper-sleep to find themselves alone, trapped and […]

The poster and cover art for Pandorum was fairly misleading, but my best description of the film is it’s a captivating sci-fi that’s a cross between Cube, Serenity and Sunshine – but also entirely different.

Astronauts Cpl. Bower (Ben Foster) and Lt. Payton (Dennis Quaid) wake up from hyper-sleep to find themselves alone, trapped and approximately 500 miles from Earth. They are disoriented with no memory of how they got there or how to get out. Further exploration reveals other survivors, an enduring mission that will determine the fate of the human race and a formidable threat lurking around every corner. What ensues is a fight for survival and a struggle against space-induced dementia.

The atmosphere is dark and the aesthetic is metallic and greased with blood and grime. Every turn in every corridor represents danger though staying in one spot is not safe either. The characters are constantly moving through claustrophobic passages or open death traps, while Quaid deals with his own threat as he waits for the rescue. In addition, a cameo by Norman Reedus is unexpected and awesome.

The story is an outstanding sci-fi mystery of lost memory and hidden agendas. As the pieces slowly fall into the place, the ending remains an unforeseen blow to audiences. The film is a solid mix of action and discovery that never falters in its delivery.

Special features include: commentary with director Christian Alvart and producer Jeremy Bolt; deleted and alternate scenes; a behind the scenes featurette; an answer to the question “What happened to Nadia’s team?”; a flight team training video; and still galleries.