Pandorum is another word for the psychological condition Orbital Dysfunctional Syndrome, a sort of interplanetary case of the vapours triggered by the profound loneliness of space.
Someone on the not-so-good spaceship Elysium has got it which spells trouble for the rest of the passengers struggling to survive as the sufferer of the God-complex gradually goes tonto.
This is merely one strand of German director Christian Alvart’s handsomely mounted sci-fi thriller. Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster play a couple of amnesiac astronauts who groggily awake from hyper-sleep and gradually figure out that they’re aboard the Elysium.
Unsteadily piecing together the past, they work out that the ship is carrying the remnants of the human race and was on course for a planet identified as a suitable replacement for Earth.
Striking out into the vast, dripping reaches of the apparently abandoned ship, Corporal Bower (Foster) narrowly escapes a mutant armed with a fearsome array of blades and an unhealthy taste for human flesh.
He also discovers that two fellow astronauts – Antje Traue’s scientist Nadia and Cung Le’s commando Manh – have also been awake for months and living in fear in the sodden bowels of the vessel.
Back in the ops room, Dennis Quaid’s commander Payton sets a course for Bower and his new allies to get to the ship’s reactor and crank it up again. However, they‘ve got to get past the army of mutant cannibals first.