YMMV / Pandorum

  • Broken Base: A weird example of a specific trait: some viewers think the pacing of the film is too slow, while others view it as too fast.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Let's see: A race of scarred and insane cannibals who violently kills and bite their preys, was once human and was created in outer space by a mixture of chemicals (supposed to make them better) and madness, however still intelligent enough to be organized and set traps for their preys. Apart from the fact that they eat each other, Hunters are very much like albinos Reavers.
  • Critical Backlash: It flopped at the box office (particularly due to low promotion and a quite limited distribuition), and got mixed reviews from critics. Fans are growing every year and it's viewed as a very underrated sci-fi horror.
  • Critical Dissonance: The critics were mostly mixed or negative about Pandorum and it failed at box office (though this was mostly due to many people not hearing about it), but as shown by the IMDB and Netflix ratings, many people see it as an actually good film, and others even consider it as one of the best films of the genre in years.
  • Cult Classic: To the point it is viewed by some as a Spiritual Successor to Event Horizon.
  • Ham and Cheese: Cam Gigandet is clearly having a lot of fun portraying a mad Pandorum sufferer.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A ship named Elysium as an ill-fated salvation for humanity. Fast forward a few years and the next famous Elysium would fare a little better.
  • Narm Charm: One would think that Dennis Quaid's...erm...'emphatic' delivery of the "I SAID STAND DOWN, CORPORAL!" would incite raucous laughter, but the tone of the rest of the movie has a very subductive effect upon one's sense of humor.
  • Older Than They Think: There are a lot people that think this movie is a rip off of Dead Space but little do they know that Pandorum began filming in August of 2008 before Dead Space's release.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Norman Reedus has a small role as a man called Sheppard who gets quickly eaten by the Hunters.
  • Special Effects Failure: When the reactor is set off, it's rather dodgy CGI.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: See the Dead Space example above. Also a few people complained that the Hunters looked too similar to the Crawlers from The Descent.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Some great uses of lighting and filters to create a sense of claustrophobia - not to mention a brilliantly designed set.
  • World of Symbolism: The film makes tons of references to Dante's Inferno.