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Pitch Black (Director's Cut) (2000)

Cast: Ric Anderson, Nigel Harbach, Nigel Harbach, more...
Director: David N. Twohy, David N. Twohy
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction , Aliens, Killer Critters
Running Time: 109 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
In this science fiction thriller, a spaceship is transporting a disparate group of people to a far-away galactic outpost called New Mecca. Mechanical failures cause the craft to crash-land on an abandoned planet that has three suns and no night. The only member of the crew to survive is junior pilot Carolyn Fry (Radha Mitchell), while the passengers who climb from the wreckage include a police officer (Cole Hauser) and the prisoner he's transporting, Riddick (Vin Diesel). As Fry and the other survivors survey the abandoned dwellings of the desert world while trying to decide what to do next, one of them is killed by a mutant creature living in an abandoned mining site. The vicious and bloodthirsty mutants, who live underground, have killed all previous inhabitants of the planet; they cannot stand sunlight, but research reveals that the planet has a total eclipse every 22 years, and the latest one is due any moment. Pitch Black was directed by David N. Twohy, who also made the sci-fi cult item, The Arrival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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What a view by thingstodo February 13, 2006 - 11:25 PM PST
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
There's one scene in the movie that propelled the whole film higher than what I would've given it: it's when the characters see a huge planet (with rings) rise up on the otherwise flat horizon and eclipsing the sun. That one moment was--pardon the often overused word--awesome. It reminds me of those old science fiction posters of surreal sceneries. I wish I could've seen it in a theater. That would've been a great sight.

OK. Back to the movie. Vin Diesel is pretty much the star of the movie, playing the good-but-bad and tough guy that so many have played before. He wears a cool pair of googles and at times take them off to show off his cool contact lens. He swears a lot and seems to be able to do wonders with a small knife.

So once you've accepted the type of movie you're watching and adjust your expectations, this film is actually pretty good.

Radha Mitchell's captain is smart, sexy, and courageous. Let's see you crawl into a small dark hole covered with blood after someone disappeared into it. I wasn't expecting it, but several scenes showed off her form pretty nicely.

Good special effects (especially the scene I mentioned earlier) and the charismatic main characters keep the movie afloat an otherwise mediocre story.

Don't analyze too much. Just remember to let go and enjoy the ride.




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