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Pitch Black (2000)

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

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Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nightfall  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,015,741 (USA) (20 February 2000)


$39,240,659 (USA) (5 July 2012)

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Originally, Pitch Black (2000) was supposed to be a standalone film. But, during production, Vin Diesel, and the cast and crew had become intrigued by the character of Riddick, and the ending, in 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 (2004) and Riddick (2013). See more »


Given all people, equipment, and cargo are secured in fixed places throughout their flight, there is no reason to have the center of gravity too far aft. Vessel's systems would not have allowed to mistakenly or deliberately load it too heavy in the back before the flight. If there was any possibility that heavy equipment was unsecured during the meteor accident, there was no reason for it to displace to the back of the ship; if anything, it could have displaced to the front of the vessel because of the reentry deceleration and subsequent braking maneuvers. See more »


[first lines]
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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No! Not For Me! Never For Me!
9 January 2016 | by (Sword Of The Protector) – See all my reviews

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First, the photography is one of a kind. Find me another science fiction taking place on a planet with more than one sun, like Tatooine, that delineates the incredible brightness. On top of this, Twohy has the coloration correct when you are facing a different colored star. The detractors need to appreciate how well made this movie was. The crash is shown exactly, phenomenally, how you would experience it. Consciousness is just like this; those of you who have been in auto accidents, like me, know this is just how, when your brain is overloaded like this, reality bends like Twohy shows it; what an accurate depiction of a crash! Notice how the blur and speed is beyond human perception. Twohy breaks the sounds and sights into inter-cut phenomenal pieces that transport the viewer existentially inside of Carolyn. Also, show me another science fiction where our lead heroine tries to jettison her passengers during the crash landing and is only stopped by the co-pilot saving their lives. She does actually do it; luckily for the crew, the co-pilot anticipated her intentions and stopped her from killing all of them. She has to endure all their congratulations about her nobility in saving their lives. What a great, honest depiction of a human being under incredible stress. Carolyn's role as an attempted murdering captain, full of guilt, explains all of her later choices, even dying for Riddick.

The ALIEN touch of showing progressively more and more of whatever the hell they are under the ground. We see only glimpses of them as they almost pull her in. Twohy, like Ridley, knows that our imaginations provide much more terror than any image he could render. The movie's ominous building to its creepy, scary part with her discovery of the planetary model displaying the numbers next to the planets in alignment, what a great touch! Twohy is quite relentless in his intensity; children are not spared from being victims even before the suns are eclipsed. Riddick is much more laconic here, his actions are quick, skilled and deadly. The creepy echolocation sounds that fill the darkness add to the terror of the movie. Childs is probably one of the most underrated character actors ever in film. He provides great support here as an Imam with his two sons. The movie has such a sense of foreboding about it; little clues, like the planet model, the underground tunnels, the remnants of people wiped out suddenly, make this such a creepy movie.

Riddick is great here because he had not been transformed into some kind of super anti-hero yet. He is openly corrupt, ready to abandon everyone. He may have reacted to John's wanting to use the little girl, masquerading as a boy, for sled bait but, have no illusions, this Riddick is happy to fly away and leave them all to their collective doom. Twohy adds some moral depth to the movie by having Carolyn redeem herself by dying for Riddick. He had just told the Imam how he knew God was there but he hated Him. He yells," No, not for me." He had tested her nobility by taunting her to leave them and come with him. She pushes him away, saving him at the cost of her own life. For a split second, before she is pulled upwards, you see peace on her face. This existential redemption of a flawed person, who tried to kill her passengers to save her skin, is why this has ontological depth lacking in the sequels. It even has an effect on Riddick who goes back for the others to honor her. Her sacrifice and existential redemption change him.

Beyond these subtleties, it is one scary, creepy movie. The creatures move quickly and grab victims with no warning. The photography is one of a kind; what an excellent delineation of a multi-sun planet. I love the movie for its moral depth; Riddick is changed by Carolyn's death. His cold sociopathic cynicism meets a personified refutation in her noble death. A Classic. Q.E.D.

"Die At The Right Time Teaches Zarathustra." Nietzsche From Zarathustra

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