Pandorum (Review)

Sci-fi mash-up lacks clarity

In the distant future, mankind has completely destroyed all of the resources on the planet and nearly wiped out all life as we know it, so after a space probe discovers a suitable planet for habitation the last ragtag human survivors set out to lay waste to this new world in typical fashion. Of course, before they arrive, something happens to them aboard their space ark, The Elysium.

The immediate question for the crew that awakens on the ship though is far more fundamental, because thanks to the disorientation of hyper-sleep, no one has any idea whom they are or what they’re supposed to be doing. The only evident fact before them is that something is waiting for them. Are they being attacked by mutants, aliens or something from inside their own minds?

This sci-fi horror mash-up of Alien, Event Horizon and Resident Evil (courtesy of the producers of the franchise) exploits solid performances from Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, both of whom play to our expectations of their traditional character types, and has more than enough of the industrial gloom and doom to generate a sense of mental instability. But the story lacks the clarity and cohesion necessary to make it truly buzz-worthy. Grade: C

Opens Sept. 25. Check out theaters and show times, see the film's trailer and get theater details here.

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