Talera vs Pandorum
Posted 13th December 2010 at 03:47 PM by Talera
Excuse spelling mistakes, in middle of nowhere using dial up!
As I said in the last post, I watch a lot of movies/tv. So really when it comes to describing movies to people I can do so quickly and without giving spoilers. For example Ďhas the feel and style of A, but similar theme to Bí. I have found this also allows people to have a more objective judgment because at no time have I said the movie is good/bad/ugly, also not commenting on my liking for the A and B movies. This then leads to a lot of people asking me to describe movies to them (in real life anyway).
I find that in the current time, pretty much any movie can be summed up with 3 movies or less. This does not mean it is poorly done or anything like that, itís just hard to have an original style about life on the screen anymore.
Every now and then one manages it. Pandorum was such a movie for me.
Iíll try not to give too much away, but I guess if you are anti-spoiler donít read just in case Iím not subtle.
Initially I put this movie into the feel of Alien (rock on) with a bit of Firefly reaver thrown in. Well for the first 20 minutes. Then I started to think Ďhang on, if the ship is called Elysium, where does the title come from?í. This is when my descriptions started to take a turn.
The combination of storylines, the swapping of what is the main focus of the plot and the feel to me all culminated into a film I cannot adequately describe in 3 titles. While I can pick 3 titles for it to cover most, it just doesnít feel quite right, like my efforts have not encompassed the full idea of this film. Iím still sticking with the feel of Alien though J
I loved how they covered the amnesia. The gradual return of memories was harnessed far better by the storyline than in something like Resident Evil. While I could see what the end of each story arc would be, the fact they were all there and swapping for limelight kept the pace of this movie going for me. I was concerned when I realised this was beginning that it would try to do too much and not cover it all adequately. But I was satisfactorily wrong on this count. By not making each arc overly complicated, enough time and focus was spent on each one to ensure depth and completeness of story.
If someone asked me what this film is about Iím not sure I could really tell them anything other than what is on the box. Is it about the end of the planet, starting again, Ďreaversí, ship malfunction issues, Pandorum or what. While I know the movie is called Pandorum and at times you ask what is real, I donít actually believe this is what the movie is about. I have come to the conclusion that this movie is not really about any one thing. It is a situation which has arisen on an important date which will decide a massive issue. It is about those involved, the obstacles and the choices they have, showing the results of their decision.