Before I even watched the trailer for Pandorum, I was thinking that it sounded like a Paul W.S. Anderson movie. It turns out that he is indeed a producer on this film, although it is directed by a guy named Christian Alvart (Case 39, Antibodies). From the title and the look of the film, you’d also think Pandorum was based on a video game, but apparently it’s not (I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before someone makes one).
Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid play crew members on an abandoned space craft who awake from a deep sleep chamber with no recollection of who they are or what they are doing there. They begin to search through the darkness only to come to the horrifying realization that they are not alone. Man, how many times have we heard that premise before? Quite a few. It’s impossible not to bring up comparisons to Paul Anderson’s own Event Horizon, a movie that I have a soft spot for despite its many weaknesses. If Pandorum ends up being a sci-fi horror flick of the same calibre, it might be something I’d actually check out. Still, I don’t have a ton of confidence in it, even though I do think Ben Foster could bring some creepiness and intensity to the table. What did you think of this trailer? Pandorum hits theatres on September 4th.