Originality in genre cinema is becoming harder and harder to find, and when it is discovered, many critics tend to bash it for one reason or another. These films are usually misunderstood, which is why critics tend to be so, well, critical. I personally find myself looking less toward mainstream titles these days and more toward indie films because most seem to have a spark that many Hollywood films cannot touch.
Such is the case with PANDORICA, a recent release from The Film Label. PANDORICA is a vastly entertaining post-apocalyptic movie that is rife with originality and imagination. And what it lacks in budget, it makes up for with heart.
If you are not familiar with PANDORICA, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of The Film Label:
PANDORICA is set in a world that’s plunged into a new dark age where humanity devolves into a vicious, primal state. A trio of youths, Eiren, Ares and Thade, have been selected to take part in the leadership trials of The Varosha Tribe, with the winner claiming the tribe for themselves. They must battle dark and mysterious forces if one of them is to win, but not everyone is worthy of becoming a leader, and the trio soon learn that fighting each other may be the only path to victory.
I am surprised at the low ratings the film has received on IMDB. I read a few of the reviews, and the sticking points the reviewers noted didn’t make much sense to me. This is a perfect example of why I don’t let ANYONE’S opinions influence my own.
PANDORICA is shot well and looks great on the big screen. The cinematography does a great job of capturing the scenic landscape, which presents a believable PA locale for the story to take place.
The acting is good, with a small but talented cast. Jade Hobday does a great job as the lead character, Eiren. Likewise, her male counterparts, Marc Zammit and Adam Bond, do their roles justice as well. I have not seen any of these folks onscreen before (to my knowledge), but I hope to see them in future projects soon.
The storyline is unique and interesting. The plot ensnared me from the start, and it never let go. I am particularly impressed with the world writer/director Tom Paton created. Although we only get a snippet of what it is like, I can see many more stories stemming from this world, in addition to another movie or two. I would particularly like to see a follow-up movie to this one, but with an even bigger budget.
PANDORICA is a definite win for me, and I recommend it. The film is available now in a variety of formats on Amazon.