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Pitch Black (2000)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  18 February 2000 (USA)
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A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.

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The space transport vessel "Hunter-Gratzner" carrying 40 people on-board crashes on a desert planet when the ship is struck in a meteor storm. There are only 11 survivors, among them are pilot Carolyn Fry (Who has assumed command after the ship's captain is killed), bounty hunter William J. Johns, religious man Abu Al-Walid, Antiques dealer Paris P. Ogilvie, runaway teenager Jack, settlers John 'Zeke' Ezekiel and his lover Sharon 'Shazza' Montgomery, and Richard B. Riddick, a dangerous escaped convict. Marooned, the survivors discover the barren and hot desert-scape has sunlight from three suns. Not only must they find food and water and worry about Riddick, the survivors find themselves being hunted by the planet's flesh-eating alien inhabitants when the planet is engulfed in darkness, which happens every 22 years, as they emerge from underground to hunt and eat all signs of life. Fry and the survivors find Riddick is their best chance of survival, as Riddick has surgically-enhanced ... Written by Daniel Williamson

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There's A New Reason To Be Afraid Of The Dark. See more »

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Rated R for sci-fi violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,467,546 (USA) (18 February 2000)

Gross:

£2,702,570 (UK) (8 December 2000)
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Originally, "Pitch Black" was supposed to be a stand alone film. But, during production Vin Diesel and the cast and crew had become intrigued by the character of Riddick and the ending which Riddick was supposed to die was changed, so a possible sequel with Vin Diesel returning as Riddick could happen. The film spawned two sequels "The Chronicles of Riddick" and "Riddick". See more »

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The cutting torch Fry looks for is an oxygen-acetylene torch. However, when they have to cut their way into the next compartment, Riddick is using a plasma cutting torch. An oxy-acetylene cutting torch would leave the edges of whatever it cut glowing red. When Riddick comes through the hole he just made, the edges aren't glowing. See more »

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Riddick: [voiceover] They say most of your brain shuts down in cryo-sleep. All but the primitive side, the animal side. No wonder I'm still awake. Transporting me with civilians. Sounded like 40, 40-plus. Heard an Arab voice. Some hoodoo holy man, probably on his way to New Mecca. But what route? What route? I smelt a woman. Sweat, boots, tool belt, leather. Prospector type. Free settlers. And they only take the back roads. And here's my real problem. Mr. Johns... the blue-eyed devil. ...
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I Was Surprised
21 March 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

Let's face it. David Twohy has written some good screen plays, and he has also put out some real stinkers. I didn't know quite what to expect with this work, but what I didn't expect was this gritty, fresh science fiction work. I don't know that this will make "cult classic" status, but in my opinion, it should.

The characters, while vile-mouthed, are enigmatic; the story, which has been classified by some as a rip off to "Alien," has been done before, and done well, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of this work. The aliens themselves more closely resembled those of Starship Troopers than Alien, but I believe those other critics were indicating the plot, rather than the creature effects themselves.

All in all? It delivers. I found it highly enjoyable, and quite frankly, it caught me by surprise.

It rates a 7.4/10 from...

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