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02nd May 2024

A twisty sci-fi thriller is one of the movies on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

It was produced by the filmmaker behind Event Horizon.

Our TV movie pick for tonight (Thursday, 2 May) is Pandorum, a 2009 sci-fi horror thriller starring Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid.

The pair play astronauts named Payton (Quaid) and Bower (Foster) who awake in a hypersleep chamber on a spaceship with no memory of who they are or what their mission might be.

“While Payton stays behind to monitor the radio transmitter, Bower ventures out of the chamber into the seemingly abandoned spaceship,” the plot synopsis reads.

“The men quickly realise that they are not alone and that the fate of mankind hinges on what they do next.”

Produced by Paul W. S. Anderson (Event Horizon, Resident Evil), Pandorum takes its title from a fictional slang term. This is for a form of psychosis caused by deep space and triggered by emotional stress that can lead to severe paranoia, delirium and nosebleeds.

While the movie received mixed initial reviews, in the years since it has attracted a bit of a cult following thanks to its twisty plot and its cool futuristic but lived-in spacecraft setting.

Pandorum is airing on TV tonight on the channel Legend at 9pm. It is also available to rent on Apple TV, Rakuten TV and the Sky Store.

You can check out its trailer right here:

Here are the other movies on TV tonight:

Taken – Film4 – 9pm

He has a very particular set of skills.

Blended – Comedy Central – 9pm

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite for this comedy mostly set at a African safari resort.

The Prestige – Quest – 10pm

Now Oscar-winning filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Oppenheimer) directs this brilliantly mind-bending thriller about feuding magicians (Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman) in Victorian London.

The History Boys – BBC Four – 10pm

The comedy-drama based on Alan Bennett’s hit play set at a British grammar school in the ’80s.

Hellboy – ITV4 – 10.05pm

Given that this superhero franchise is being rebooted, now is a good time to catch up on the brilliant 2004 original.

A Beautiful Mind – Sky Showcase – 10.05pm

Russell Crowe stars in this Oscar Best Picture winner as real-life mathematician John Nash.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – Film4 – 10.50pm

The second installment in the Indiana Jones film series, and a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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