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Pandorum (2009)

Action, Horror, Mystery |.

Pandorum is a British-German science fiction horror film, with elements of Lovecraftian horror and survival adventure. The film was directed by Christian Alvart and produced by Robert Kulzer, Jeremy Bolt and Paul W. S. Anderson. Travis Milloy wrote the screenplay from a story by Milloy and Alvart. It stars Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster.

Filming began in Berlin in August 2008. Pandorum was released on 25 September 2009 in the United States, and on 2 October 2009 in the UK. The film’s title is a fictional slang term for a form of psychosis called Orbital Dysfunctional Syndrome (ODS) caused by deep space and triggered by emotional stress. This leads to severe paranoia, delirium, and nosebleeding.

After human overpopulation depletes Earth’s resources, humanity builds an interstellar ark, the Elysium. It carries 60,000 people on a 123-year trip to colonize Tanis, an Earth-like planet. The passengers are placed in hypersleep, and a rotating crew wake biennially to maintain the ship. Eight years into the mission, the ship receives a transmission from Earth: “You are all that’s left of us”.

Some unknown time later, two members of the flight crew, Corporal Bower and Lieutenant Payton, awaken. Improper emergence from the hibernatory state leaves them both with partial amnesia and possibly suffering from pandorum, a space-related disorder that causes psychosis when under emotional duress. The ship experiences power surges caused by an unstable nuclear reactor, and they are unable to enter the bridge.

Director: Christian Alvart

Writers: Travis Milloy (screenplay & story), Christian Alvart (story)

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le, Eddie Rouse


Dennis QuaidPayton
Ben FosterBower
Cam GigandetGallo
Antje TraueNadia
Cung LeManh
Eddie RouseLeland
Norman ReedusShepard
André HennickeHunter Leader
Friederike KempterEvalon
Niels-Bruno SchmidtInsane Officer ‘Eden’
Asia Luna MohmandChildhunter (as Luna Mohmand)
Delphine ChuillotYoung Bower’s Mother
Wotan Wilke MöhringYoung Bower’s Father
Julian RappeYoung Bower
Domenico D’AmbrosioWounded Officer ‘Eden’
Jon FosterBig Russian Passenger
Jeff BurrellTrapped Officer ‘Eden’
Neelesha BarthelFemale Crew Officer
Yangzom Brauen2nd Lieutenant (Team 4)
Marco AlbrechtHunter Weasel
Dawid SzatarskiHunter Shape
Nico MarquardtHunter Brute
Don JeanesMateo
David P. JohnsonCooper
Virginia WelchLucy

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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