1 hour, 48 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for strong horror violence and language.
Dennis Quaid ... Payton
Ben Foster ... Bower
Cam Gigandet ... Gallo
Antje Traue ... Nadia
Cung Le ... Manh
Eddie Rouse ... Leland
|In this sci-fi thriller set on the space ship Elysium, which left Earth in 2174, Bower (Ben Foster "3:10 to Yuma") awakens with no memory of who he is. The ship's obviously in trouble, and when Lt Payton (Dennis Quaid "Far From Heaven") wakes up, he doesn't remember anything either. So Bower goes off to try to reboot the power supply. But he soon encounters some viciously murderous creatures, as well as a few desperate and confused crewmen (Antje Traue " Berlin by the Sea" and Cung Le "Fighting"). Meanwhile, Payton finds the mercurial Gallo (Cam Gigandet "Twilight"), who seems to know a lot more than he admits.
As things develop, we learn that the Elysium's mission is to repopulate a distant planet, that the ship has been turned into a habitat for killers and survivalists, and that a condition called pandorum, brought on by hibernation, causes paranoid madness. So if these people are unreliable, we realize that they can't trust anything they see or hear.
Strangely, director Christian Alvart ("Antibodies") proves to be no more adept at establishing suspense than making sense of what's happening. There's not even one moment in this film when we're scared, because each jolt comes without any build-up. We're startled by a loud noise, but not frightened. And while the claustrophobia on the ship is effective, the plot is so idiotic that it quickly becomes chaotic, confusing and downright silly.