I recently saw Pandorum, a movie about a few people who wake up on a space ship, with no knowledge about how they got there and what they are doing, not even who they are.
While trying to get the ship working, they make a horrific discovery. They soon realize that they are not alone, and that dangers are lurking in the inner parts of the ship.
First off, there are quite a few similarities with other movies of this genre, in particular Alien and The Descent but there was for a short while, there were even some hints from Cube. The movie is all about closed and claustrophobic tunnels and spaces with dangers lurking around every corner.
The story line is in its essence quite basic, but the fast action and plot twists makes it so much more. What could just as well have been a vanilla semi-horror movie set in space, becomes something completely different. It holds its own all the way though to the end.
The scenes and special effects are great, and the environment is not as dark as one might think. It is not like Doom, where it is just pitch black throughout the movie. There are some jump-up-from-your-seat moments though, make no mistake. The dynamics of the movie ranging from cut-throat action (literally) to humor and even love makes it interesting up until the end — for an exception in the middle part where the movie lost its momentum slightly.
The movie ends with some interesting plot twists which makes one think. It is not the classic über-alien in the end, but instead something very different.