If it's Friday, that can only mean one thing – it's time for your Sci-Fi Squad Movie Club Pick of the Week. If this is your first Movie Club assignment, here's how it goes. Each Friday, one of us picks a film and provides a brief rundown of what it's about, who's in it, and all that good stuff. Then, over the weekend, you guys get to watch said film and formulate an opinion about it. Monday evening, we all reconvene here at the site, where a discussion post goes up and everyone chimes in with their thoughts about that week's pick. It's a cool way for the community and the writers here at the site to interact and talk movies – and maybe it will spur someone into checking a title off their "to see" list.
I don't play in the Scifi Squad sandbox often (they keep me chained up over at sister site, Horror Squad), but I've been known to dabble in science-fiction universe from time to time. That being said, I'm a horror guy through and through, so this week's selection won't be a hard sci-fi choice like 2001, but will instead be a film that blends genres – namely horror and sci-fi. So, without further ado, I give you this week's Movie Club Pick: Pandorum.
Director Christian Alvart's film reminds me a lot of Paul W.S. Anderson's Event Horizon, which probably shouldn't come as a surprise since Anderson produced Pandorum. It's another spooky spaceship story with just enough sci-fi trappings to keep the science fiction crowd engaged, but some scary moments too. The story revolves around Bower (Ben Foster) and Payton (Dennis Quaid) two crew members who wake up from deep hyperspace sleep to discover that their spaceship is empty. One of the effects of this hyperspace sleep thing is that it can take some time for memory to return. Neither guy knows what, exactly, is going on, where they are, or why they're awake. They begin to work together to try and solve the puzzle of what's going on around them. Soon, they discover that they're not the only people on their vessel-and that there are some other unwanted guests onboard as well.
Honestly, that's all I'm gonna say. I don't want to spoil any of the film's moments or color your opinion of it any way (I want to hear what you thought of it come Monday). So, your assignment is to view Pandorum this weekend (it's currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly) and meet back here on Monday evening – where we'll all compare notes and eat cake* while discussing this film.
*note I will not be providing cake.