Pandorum rounds off a steller year for Syfy
Since nobody saw this 40 million dollar price tag in theaters we should all be ashamed of ourselves. I blame the fact that the studios withheld a critic screening of it which usually screams crapfest, and any real critic with the moxie to see a movie with the masses did not really scream high praise for the film.
Boy were they wrong.
This movie just proves that 2009 was one of the best years for science fiction in film (and 2010 will be the year for sword and sandal films) this one being of the sci-fi horror type. I even gave this movie the disservice of watching it on a nice and sunny morning rather then late at night (which I will correct soon) and still enjoyed it and it creeped me out.
Initially the screenwriters did not think they were going to get a dime for the picture and thought they would be making it in some abandoned warehouse for less then a million dollars, glad that did not happened. Someone somewhere has probably been fired because this movie got a 40 million budget and obviously director Christian Alvart spent every last dime of it. I went into the movie expecting lame monster effects and just a cheap looking movie, but this movie can hold its own in terms of set design next to any Alien. (Even the main girl in the movie is wearing that weird puffy vest that Sigourney wore in Alien Resurrection).
With that said, that is the films biggest flaw, is the fact that it is a complete fucking rip off and mash up of Alien/Event Horizon/Leviathan/The Descent and tons of other stuff. But it works, and I think gives it enough of its own spin that it is a success (I mean we’ve all said what other films Avatar is and that didn’t effect its gross). Also the acting is solid, I was really surprised by Foster. He does a good job as the leading man and Dennis Quaid plays it pretty straight. I think the films biggest success in the mash up of films is that you have two movies at play for most of the movie. Fosters character is on the run from the mutants and he is in a The Descent in space film while Dennis is all by himself in more of a Event Horizon psychological thriller film. While I will say Fosters movie is better then Quaid’s they both work.
I think a big problem a lot of people will have with this movie is the fact that there are two sorts of movies playing out. While neither of them really as good as the movies they are similar too they are good enough not to be dismissed (I think its better then Event Horizon though, and Paul W.S. Anderson produced it). I think having his name attached to this movie also hurt it because it was ultimately going to bring up the Event Horizon comparisons, but if you liked that film you should enjoy this one as well. I can only hope that Paul stays away from film making and tries to become a Luc Besson of America and just helps get good talent out there (or old talent back, Russell Mulcahy).
Also a HUGE aspect of the movie that was overlooked and will become better known to geeks worldwide in a few years, Stan Winston studio. While everyone was too busy trying to figure out what a Terminator would look like, Stan’s monster house made the awesome looking mutants for this film. The director of the film sounds like a stereotypical creepy artsy German guy which was very funny, can’t wait to see what else he does.
Just listen to Christian Alvart speak and try to not think of creepy crazy German serial killer: