Usually when I see Dennis Quaid I run in the other direction, but because I saw Ben Foster’s name (Six Feet Under, Alpha Dog, 30 Days of Night) was immediately on board. I keep asking why that kid isn’t more famous. Get better representation Ben, you deserve more roles. Anyrant. Pandorum is a sci-fi, thriller, horror that once again you will find yourself vested in Foster’s performance.
Pandorum is set about 100 years from now (we think) and takes place on a space ship that resembles Star Trek’s bridge gone horribly wrong. First we see Foster’s character awaken from hyper-sleep; he is disorientated and seemingly alone. That is until Dennis Quaid awakes with the same disorientation. Both of them have no idea what their mission is and are also clueless as to why the ship seems abandoned. After a few moments we along with Foster realize that they are not alone on the ship, in fact other passengers are waking up. And not only waking up confused they are being threatened to being attacked by some sort of hybrid cannibal vampireish type creature. Funtimes.
Now although for the most part Foster’s performance coupled with some other character additions make Pandorum a high not bad, there were some plot points we could have nixed from the story. Foster’s flashbacks, the Nadia character’s back-story and the cook’s whole presence was just over the top. The Dennis Quaid crazy routine was not necessary and still leaves you wondering what actually happened on the ship. How’d we get here? The back-story was confusing and a bit too convoluted for you to care. But, again Foster and the creatures kind of make it entertaining enough, perfect for a Sunday when there’s nothing else to watch. See it!