Taking elements from different science fiction movies, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien, Constantin Films is hoping Pandorum(trailer) will be the next sci-fi success story, much like the Riddick (Vin Diesel) franchise. If a hit, Impact pictures, a subsidiary of Constantin, will give the go for sequels. Of course some proposed sci-fi franchises have not faired so well, such as the remake/reboot of Planet of the Apes. Though a financial success, it received mixed reviews and Fox said it would not produce sequels. Or it could receive a cult status like the Firefly/Serenity series. We’ll find out soon.
Set in the future and 500 millions miles from Earth, Dennis Quaid (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma) star as Lieutenant Payton and Corporal Bower, two astronauts who awaken from hibernation and have no recollection of their identity or what happened to them. They find they were part of ship that carried 60,000 passengers and realize all the rest have all disappeared. Being the last two aboard, they begin searching the ship in hopes of finding what happened to the other passengers. During their search, they uncover clues about themselves in hopes of jogging their memory. They soon encounter other members of the crew and are given knowledge that they are trying to survive from a threat of possible alien-like creatures on board. The remaining survivors must fight off an enemy that is fast and physically stronger then them, while investigating what happened to the missing passengers. Learning more about their mysterious opponents, they soon find out that the threat may not be alien as they think.
The movie will also co-star Cam Gigandet (Twilight), German actress Antje Traue (Kleinruppin Forever) and mixed martial artist Cung Le (Fighting). German director Christian Alvart directs Pandorum and he will also direct the upcoming horror movie, Case 39. The fact that he has a second gig hopefully means Alvart won’t be like that “other” German director we all love, Uwe Boll. Alongside Alvart, Travis Milloy came up with the story and wrote the screenplay. Milloy has also written other titles like Just Like Mona and Street Gun.
Though I like horror movies, I’m not a big fan of when they have a sci-fi backdrop, with the few exceptions being the Alien franchise. I love sci-fi, but tend to enjoy more when it’s incorporated with action/adventure. I do like Ben Foster though, and have taken notice of his work since his great performance in 3:10 to Yuma and his bit part in 30 Days of Night. Definitely an actor I have my eyes on. I might check this out mainly for his presence, but I’m somewhat leaning toward renting it later on.
Pandorum opens September 18th.