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Pandorum | 2009 | R | - 2.8.8

After awaking in a space station after a long period of time, an astronaut (Ben Foster) tries to piece together what might have happened while he was asleep. He finds a few survivors, and together they try to save themselves and the ship from strange creatures that want to eat them. Also with Dennis Quaid, Cam Gigandet, Norman Reedus and Cung Le. Directed by Christian Alvart. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - we see a nude man (bare arms, chest, legs and hip) covered with slime and in the fetal position. We see a bare-chested wearing underpants. A woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage throughout the movie. A woman's pants are slashed to reveal a slit of buttock skin.
 A man and a woman hug in a couple of scenes.
 A man remembers a woman in his life, whom he loved and we see them talking in several scenes (she is reclined, clothed, and on a bed).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Humanoid creatures are ashen in color, have large heads, spikes on their backs, pointed teeth and large, black eyes and appear to be super strong.
 A man and a creature fight: the man is kicked and thrown hard into a wall, a woman joins the fight, the creature grabs her by the head and attempts to break her neck, another man joins in slashing the creature in the head (we see blood) and then in the stomach, the woman cuts the creature's arm off (we see the arm separate and blood spurts), and all three humans stab the creature repeatedly (they are all covered with blood); then they run away and many other creatures come to feed on the remains.
 Two men run from creatures chasing them, they hide, one man is pulled out with a rope and strung up by his neck, creatures begin to feed on him, and he falls unconscious as they tear at him (we see blood spurt and spray).
 A man threatens a young creature, he lowers his weapon and the creature slashes his throat (we see the cut and blood) and when the man falls to the floor, the creature bends down to feed on him.
 A man comes out of his hyper-sleep chamber and is attacked by a mob of creatures that begin to tear at him and one stabs him through the top of the head (we hear a crunch and he falls motionless).
 A creature and a man fight with bladed weapons: they slash each other (we see some bloody wounds), the creature pins the man against a wall and bites his abdomen, and he breaks a bony piece off the creature's back and stabs it in the head repeatedly (blood pours and it lies still).
 A man in a dark passageway hears noises and movement in the distance, he sees a glowing blue light moving toward him, he hides and sees a creature rush past him; the creature grabs a dead body hanging nearby and we hear crunching (the creature is apparently eating the body).
 A man kills another man; we see him stab him with a weapon, the man falls to the floor, blood pools around his head and the other man has blood on his face.
 A man is injected in the eye with a syringe containing a sedative, we see a bloody, swollen eye and he collapses. Woman pulls a knife out of her side (we hear a crunch and see a bit of blood).
 A man presses the head of another man against a surface, we hear cracking, and then the man and a woman fight: the man grabs the woman around the throat and tries to choke her, and he holds a knife to her throat. A woman attacks a man, slams him to the ground and holds a knife to his neck and throat; he struggles, she elbows him in the face, and she is interrupted by a noise in the distance. A woman attacks a man and they fight with punches and kicks; the man is thrown down on a storage crate, and another man comes and he fights the woman (the fight ends and no one is seriously harmed). A man punches a woman in the chest. Two men fight and one is injected with a sedative.
 Two people fall through floor grates and into a pool of waste and human remains (we see skeletons piled up against the walls and the two must stay under the liquid until a creature looking for them leaves). A man hides in a storage container, a creature searches nearby, it spits a blue/black goo out of its mouth, it slashes at the container where the man is hiding, and then at a neighboring container where it finds a dead body; it pulls the body out and drags it by the foot out of sight (we see blood on the man's head). A man crawls through dark tunnels that are filled with twisted tubing, he panics and thrashes complaining he cannot breathe, falls down a shaft, crashes into a grate, struggles to free himself from the tubing and sees a dead man next to him (we see the dead man partially decayed and covered with cobwebs).
 A man runs from creatures, he falls into an opening, he is caught by a rope and creatures pull him up toward them, but another man cuts the rope and the man falls. A man hangs from a cable around his arm and neck, he thrashes and panics when a man stands near him, and he is cut loose and falls to the floor.
 We see many people being launched out of a space ship into space and to their death. A heavy metal walkway drops onto many creatures, which are crushed (we don't see gore). Many creatures are disintegrated when a nuclear reactor is fired up.
 A man hears a noise, he sees a woman in the shadows, he chases her, and he finds a dead man hanging from a rope around his neck and with a large, bloody abdominal wound. A man pulls another man's tooth out using a pair of pliers (we see blood). A woman wipes blood off her arms and chest.
 Water rushes into an area where three people are trapped: one man is washed away, and the other two escape in a container that is partially filled with water and they nearly drown.
 A man falls from a walkway and into an area near a large group of sleeping creatures; he covers himself with pieces of cloth (or skin, but it's not clear) and crawls through them to get out.
 A man in a hyper-sleep capsule wakes up in a panic, he screams, he hyperventilates, he thrashes and falls to the floor of the capsule' the door opens, he crawls out (he is bare-chested and wears underpants), he pulls at what looks like skin but is actually a protective covering (we hear tearing), he pulls a tube out of his arm (a dark fluid pours from it), and he vomits (we hear him gag and we see a bit of goo briefly). A man hears noises and sees a pile of tubing begin to move, a human hand reaches through it and a voice begs for help, he pulls the hand and we see a nude man (bare arms, chest, legs and hip) covered with slime and in the fetal position. A man falls out of a capsule and we see him with tubes and a peeling skin cover and he gags and gasps.
 A man hears a noise outside, closes a grate and paces; his nose begins to bleed and we see drops on the floor. A man in a hyper-sleep capsule screams and pounds on it to get out (we see his nose bleeding) and he looks crazed. A man is thrown out of an overhead storage compartment and he lands hard on the ground.
 Three people are exposed to a gas that causes them to fall asleep and they wake up hanging upside down and being offered to creatures as food (they are not eaten). A man yells and tries to break a containment capsule with a sledge hammer.
 A man threatens to cut a piece out of a woman. A young creature screams and runs away from three humans when one of them moves toward it in a threatening manner.
 A man smears grease on his face and skin to disguise his scent. A man and a woman eat live grasshoppers.
 We hear an announcement that Earth has been destroyed and the only survivors are on a space ship traveling to an unknown planet. A man talks abut his commanding officers dying because of a condition that rendered them insane. We read that the Earth's population has grown, that it can no longer be supported and that the search for another Earth-like planet is underway.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 32 F-words and its derivatives, 4 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, name-calling, 4 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Space travel, populating a planet, settling on other planets, paranoia, evolution, mental illness caused by isolation, suicide, morality, memory loss.

MESSAGE - Spending too much time in space can make you crazy.

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