WTF is Pandorum about? Dennis Quaid explains it to you

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Pandorum hits 2,400 screens nationwide this Friday, but very little is known about the movie: Early clips and trailers suggest an aliens-in-space scenario, but star Dennis Quaid says it's more complicated than that.

"Our aliens, they're not really 'aliens,'" Quaid told SCI FI Wire during an exclusive interview. "They're more human. There are some terrifying things out there that we do find, but the question of this movie is 'Are we who we think we are?'"

Quaid plays Lt. Payton, who wakes up alongside shipmate Bower (Ben Foster) after an extended hyper-sleep. They don't know who they are or how long they've been out, but bit by bit they start to piece together what happened, or so they think.

"We don't know what we're doing on this ship," Quaid says. "There's no one there to wake us up, we can't get anybody on the radio, we can't even get out of this room that we're locked in, and once we do find a way to get out of the room, all hell breaks loose with some things that go right to one's greatest terror. [It's] pretty terrifying."

It was Travis Malloy's original script that first got the veteran actor's attention, and, now that he's seen the movie, he adds that he'd be happy to return for the potential sequel and prequel.

"[When I read the script] I didn't know where it was taking me, and where it was taking me was pretty fantastic," Quaid says. "I said, 'Here's a movie that I would like to see.' Ultimately, if the movie is a success, there's a prequel and a sequel."

Pandorum opens this Friday.