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Pandorum (2009)
Movie Review by The Cryptkeeper

Pandorum (2009) Two crew members are stranded on a spacecraft and quickly - and horrifically - realize they are not alone. Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It's pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the ship. They can't remember anything: Who are they? What is their mission? With Lt. Payton staying behind to guide him via radio transmitter, Cpl. Bower ventures deep into the ship and begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft's shocking, deadly secrets are revealed...and the astronauts find their own survival is more important than they could ever have imagined.

I thought the premise for Pandorum was a good one and it delivered on many levels throughout. Not only were we dealing with normal horror and sci-fi scares, but there was much about this that reached you on a psychological level. From isolation anxiety to claustrophobia to amnesia to fear of the dark, Pandorum could easily mess with your mind.

The dialog was pretty good and the acting was well done. I am a fan of Dennis Quaid, so I will usually give any of his films a shot. The effects were moody and scary at times... and I thought the ship looked great. One thing that bothered me about the creatures, is that they looked like they had been spawned by Oderus Urungus... like the creature designer borrowed his ideas directly from GWAR.

Visually, Pandorum was stunning at times. However, they used different camera tricks to simulate disorientation... but nothing terribly nauseating. They did choose to use the ever-annoying shaky cam copout during fight scenes, so those with sensitivities to this should be forewarned.

Overall, I thought Pandorum was a pretty good sci-fi/horror flick... and I would recommend that you watch it if you get a chance.

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