Pandorum was one of those movies that I wanted to see as soon as I saw the poster. I remember watch Event Horizon with a friend about 10 years ago and being completely freaked out by the movie. It take a lot for me to get freaked out but I remember that movie getting in my head and still to this day, when I watch it there’s something about it which i fine disturbing.

The trailers and posters that I saw for Pandorum reminded me very much of Event Horizon and for good reason. Pandorum stars Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le, Eddie Rouse and is directed by Christian Alvart.

Pandorum is set in very deep space where passengers have been in hyper sleep state for years. The movie begins with Ben Foster’s character, Bower who is one of the flight crew waking up with serious amnesia to eventually realise that the ship is adrift and that there doesn’t seem to be anyone in control. After a few hours of trying to find any other signs of life, he comes across another hyper sleep capsule with Dennis Quaid inside. Quaid is also one of the flight crew and the two of them decide to try and get to engineering, unfortunately located at the other end of the ship, to try to regain control and find out what went wrong. Quaid stays behind to guide Foster through the maze that is the ship while Foster has to negotiate various horrors to get there. This is where the fun begins!

Foster plays his part very well and the film is a very well put together piece of sci-fi horror / thriller. Alvert uses every dark hole and every character as a potential threat and the music and sound design matches the movie perfectly. Quite early on, he plunges the audience into near pitch darkness and we have to try to work out what’s going on while not really understanding the plot line.  Along the way, Foster’s character meets other humans who are fighting for survival against a seemingly unknown enemy and you’re never quite sure who can be trusted.

As the story unfolds you’re dragged deeper and deeper into a mission which had so many twists and turns that you may struggle to keep up. That said, Pandorum is an excellent thriller which I would watch again as I really enjoyed it. I thought Foster’s character was excellent with Foster playing a great lead in the role. Dennis Quaid, a veteran of the silver screen never fails to disappoint and although he doesn’t have anywhere near as much screen-time as Foster, his character is probably the most complicated and interesting.

If you like movies like Event Horizon, I highly recommend Pandorum. It didn’t do amazinly well at the cinema but everyone I know who has seen it has really enjoyed it and I think you will too.

Pandorum is available now on DVD and Blu Ray.