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sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is.

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
5 out of 5

Relentless, intensely violent sci-fi chiller isn't for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the intense violence in this dark, scary sci-fi movie is apparent in every scene, even if it's not specifically presented in terms of fighting or gore (though there's plenty of those, too). There's a constant, unrelenting feel of terror, tension, and dread, thanks mainly to the movie's overwhelmingly dark, metallic, deliberately unsettling sets. Alien creatures threaten to jump out from every dark corner, and the soundtrack's alarming use of screeching noises adds to the general unease. Likely it will be too much for most kids to handle. Despite that, and despite the characters' severe trials and tribulations, the movie has a solid ethical core and a generally hopeful outlook. Characters set aside their differences and team up for the greater good, and despite his potty mouth (expect plenty of "f--k"s and more) and initial disorientation, the hero ultimately behaves bravely and selflessly.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the effect of the movie's very intense violence and terror? How does it make you feel? Is it really necessary for the plot?
  • The film's prologue charts the future explosion in the Earth's population and mentions a severe shortage of water and food. What causes overpopulation, and why is it bad? What are some of the ways to curb it?
  • What's the difference between social order and rules and chaos?
  • What would it feel like to be away from your loved ones in deep space?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: a sci-fi scenario far less interested in exploring outer space than human interiors where the only 'aliens' are our own monstrous selves, just waiting to leap out of the atavistic shadows.

- Anton Bitel, Eye for Film, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: A gorgeous production design can't save the picture from trying too hard to dazzle with very little inspiration, and while Pandorum is easy to stare at, it can be a seriously punishing sit.

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: As always, Foster sells the hell out of his role but non-sci-fi fans may well themselves be driven mad long before the end.

- Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly, Sunday, September 27, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I thought this was a solid alien sci fi movie. A little of Alien, a litttle Event Horizon, a little Resident Evil . .good stuff to me. While it may not be that good of a movie I enjoyed it to the end.

- jmanard52, Wednesday, January 20, 2010

3 stars

This is similar to MANY movies: Eden Log, Event Horizon, the Alien series, the Pitch Black/Riddick series. Ghosts of Mars, but it retains its originality to a decent degree. The set design is AMAZING and the makeup is pretty damn impressive. The gore is quite awesome; whoever did the blood coloring really knows what's up. The CG is also beautifully done and impressive. The dialogue is solid but the main plotline is far from original or unpredictable (especially if you read scifi lit), with the only suspense being in moments of fight or flight. The ending throws several twists at the audience, twists that could easily delight or anger those unitiated into scifi lore. I really don't know why this flick got so much flack, being branded as a huge flop when it is actually enjoyable and well done.

- Stinger839, Sunday, September 5, 2010

3 stars

Pandorum is an effective Horror film that many people compare to Event Horizon. Though the premise may be similar, this film provides a totally different storyline. The film boats effective tense moments and the cast does a fairly good job with a fairly decent screenplay, the idea of the film was was quite intriguing but kinda felt a bit flat. Ben Foster is a good actor, but he seems miscast in this role. Pandorum does have a few elements similar to Event Horizon (As the film was produced by Even Horizon director, Paul W.S Anderson) Pandorum is a very tense horror film as you try to understand what is lurking in the darkness of the abandoned ship. Halfway through the film, you definitely know, and it ain't pretty. Towards the last 40 minutes or so of the film, the script seems to tumble into different directions as it becomes more action packed. As far as Sci Fi horror films are concerned, the first two Alien films and Event Horizon are THE films to watch. Pandorum isn't bad, but it lacks something to make this a truly engrossing viewing experience. After a while you'll be a bit confused at whats going on screen. However theres a lot of Horror to offer the viewer and give you quite a few scares in the process.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, August 24, 2010