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

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£900,663 (UK) (10 November 2000)

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£2,702,570 (UK) (8 December 2000)
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Desert scenes filmed in the same location used for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) See more »

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During a solar eclipse it is impossible to see the full shape of the eclipsing object - you can only see the sun's disc being obstructed. This is due to the fact that the back side cannot be darker than the dark sky around - which is still true when there is an atmosphere which diffuses the sunlight at the location of observation. However, during the eclipse scene, the obstructing planet is clearly visible from its back side. This would be entirely possible in a three-star system. 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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The persons and events in this production are fictitious. No similarity to actual persons or predators, living or dead, is intended or should be inferred. See more »

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Followed by The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004) See more »

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Surprisingly good movie
2 September 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I don't say surprisingly because I don't like SF movies; more because cheap SF movies tend to be kind of bad -- and they certainly never challenge social norms.

But then comes Pitch Black: four Muslim characters who are not terrorists (I'm looking at you, True Lies, and any season of 24), plus, and this is the biggie, a movie that acknowledges that women menstruate! I haven't seen that since ... actually, I've never seen that ever, unless you count embarrassing high school "Now You Have Become A Woman" movies.

Also, Vin Diesel has never been hotter. Call me shallow, but those arms make me (when I'm not actually menstruating) (ok, I lie, pretty much all the time) those arms make me go squee. I'm only human.

Anyhoo, I'm sure that there are people who will compare this movie to Alien, but really, it's completely different, and it's well worth seeing if you enjoy the SF thriller genre, or, indeed, if you just enjoy your basic thriller that's well paced, has hot guys, chicks who kick arse.

One small criticism: I felt that it was a little bit anti-Australian. And to be honest, I'm a little tired of the way Australians are portrayed in the movies and in the main stream media. Some of us prefer to de-nasal our accent. And not to die horribly in the first ten minutes. Just saying.


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