Pandorum is a 2009 German-American science fiction thriller/horror film, now I usually stay away from films that have a mouthful description, but upon seeing the trailer for this film, I had to see it and I'm glad I did.
Truth is, this film works so well! It's eerie and dark, a thrilling film to watch. The storyline is a very solid one and cudo's to the casting department, not one bad choice was made, more like surprising, but in a good way.
The effects are also great, it's a film to watch to understand why. One thing I loved about this film was Dennis Quaid, who shows us there's more to him than family-friendly, romantic-comedy roles, a truly talented actor who I hope does more films of this nature in the future.
To see the trailer for "Pandorum" click here
- The sixth film released in select D-BOX enabled cinemas, located in the US and Canada. In D-BOX's words, the motion control technology "adds to the movie's plot and underlying themes of fear, terror and explosive action by offering realistic sensations during most of the film's action scenes."
- First movie to have brothers Ben Foster and Jon Foster work together.
- The movie was originally planned to be shot on video as a low-budget feature for $200,000, in an abandoned paper mill with unknown actors until Impact Pictures read the script and showed interest. Writer Travis Milloy never thought it would be considered as a studio production because of its dark tone.
- Ben Foster insisted to eat real live insects instead of using special F/X or dead ones.
- André Hennicke, who plays the lead hunter, can be seen without the monster make-up. He plays the commanding officer of young Gallo in the opening scene.
- The child hunter is played by Asia Luna Mohmand, daughter of the director, Christian Alvart.
- 'Pandorum' is the first film in a proposed trilogy, but it is doubtful the sequels will ever see the light of day due to the first film's low box-office performance.
- The name of the ship, 'Elysium', means a place or state of perfect happiness. In Greek mythology, the preferred heroes of the gods were transported to Elysium, their final resting place at the ends of the Earth. This is a figurative interpretation of the journey to Tanis, the Earth-like planet considered to be the paradise for the "chosen".
- Travis Milloy wrote a preliminary script which was set on a prison ship. The characters Nadia and Manh were inmates. Bower was a non-prisoner who didn't trust anyone. The producers gave the script to director Christian Alvart who was shocked by the similarities to his own screenplay titled 'No Where'. His dramatic story was about four astronauts aboard a settlers' ship who suffer from amnesia. Alvart decided that they should weld the two screenplays together, and the producers and Milloy agreed.