ANALYSIS: PANDORUM is the next film to continue the trend of great sci-fi in
2009. First it was STAR TREK followed by DISTRICT 9 and now PANDORUM is finally
here (after various release delays). It is an intense sci-fi thriller that
mines both sci-fi and horror for the maximum effect.
Pandorum refers to the paranoid psychosis
that a few people experience after being in hypersleep too long. PANDORUM begins
with a timeline about the world’s population growing and discovering a livable planet in the form of Tanis. A big ark ship is built called Elysium. Short into the
ship’s flight, Earth is destroyed and the ship’s crew is left with a message that they are what remain of humanity. Flash forward to a undetermined number of years later. Bower, part of one of the ship’s flight crews wakes up in his hypersleep chamber. He has no memory (a side effect of being in hypersleep for long times) and he starts to piece together
what is happening aboard the Elysium with the help of Lt. Payton. The ship’s
reactor is failing and that isn’t the only problem waiting Bower. Alien
creatures are using the ship as a hunting ground. These aliens are faster and
stronger than humans.
Alvart directs a moody sci-fi piece. The lighting helps amps the tension. The
production design is top notch. PANDORUM is the best cult sci-fi film since
PITCH BLACK. The one actor that stands out is Antje Traue as Nadia. PANDORUM has cult movie written all over it, but it should have an audience like ALIEN
and PITCH BLACK.
Director Christian Alvart and Producer
Jeremy Bolt provide an audio commentary for the film.
THE WORLD OF ELYSIUM- a 13 minute making-of
featurette that goes behind-the-scenes from the movie’s origins to make-up to production design and more. It is
interesting to find out PANDORUM is the result of two different scripts combined together.
WHAT HAPPENED TO NADIA’S TEAM is
a deleted scene of sorts which shows what happened to some of the crew after they woke up while the FLIGHT TEAM TRAINING VIDEO
is a recruitment video for the flight team of Elysium. Four still galleries are on the disc that includes design, set photos, and storyboards for one scene.
27 minutes of deleted, extended, and alternate
scenes fill out some back story that got cut and some padding in addition to an alternate ending. The 17 scenes are interesting to watch even though they didn’t stay in the film. The original theatrical trailer is also on the disc in addition to trailers for other Anchor
FINAL ANALYSIS: PANDORUM is one of my favorite movies of 2009 and the disc includes plenty of nice extras.
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