Now that I’m finally done watching Angel, I am finally finding myself able to start tackling all of the cool movies that I added all summer long to my Netflix queue.
The first one I watched was last year’s sci-fi/horror movie, Pandorum.
Holy Crap On A Cracker was that movie awesome!!!!!
Pandorum, starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, was one of the coolest movies I’ve seen in a long time.
It’s basically a cross between 28 Days Later and Aliens.
I just made a mess in my pants just TYPING that sentence.
Anyway, its a few hundred years in the future, and mankind’s over-banging has made the world dangerously overpopulated. The world’s scientists begin to desperately look to find a new habitable world. When they finally DO, the world comes together to construct a huge spaceship, capable of holding thousands of people specializing in the skills needed to keep a society thriving, and launches it into space.
Since the new world is light years away, the entire population on the ship are all put into hypersleep.
That’s where the story starts.
Awakening from hypersleep, Sgt. Bower (played by Foster), realizes that he is suffering from amnesia. He knows WHO he is, but not why he’s there. Even worse, after inspecting where he is, he comes to realize that not only is he the ONLY person who has awakened, but the ship looks like it has been through a warzone, and its systems are failing.
Lt. Payton (Quaid) quickly wakes up as well, and the two begin to try to piece together just what the hell happened to their ship.
From there, things get creepy. REALLY creepy. And scary. That’s all I’ll say about the plot.
I WILL also add that I thought this film was as much a horror movie, as it was a GOOD science fiction film. The twist ending especially brought things back to a good sci-fi feel.
Ben Foster, who I have had a bit of a man-crush on since his kick-ass performance in Alpha Dog, was awesome in this movie. Dennis Quaid was competent, as always.
And Antje Traue, who played the resourceful Nadia, was someone who I really wanted to bang.
Anyway, if you don’t remember this movie being in the theaters last September, don’t feel too bad. I didn’t either. This movie completely TANKED at the box office, despite really good reviews. From what I can see, it seems to have lost about $20 million in its short, few week run.
Which is a real shame. This movie was plotted out to be a trilogy, but with its poor box office, there’s little chance of that ever happening, and I would LOVE to have seen where this movie went in the next installment.
So, that’s my pitch. Go rent this today (or catch it on Starz… it’s playing this month).
Who knows? If enough people keep talking it up, maybe we’ll see a Pandorum 2 after all.