The Chronicles of Riddick: Into Pitch Black (TV Movie 2000) Poster

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4/10
A misguided tie-in that misdirects movie-goers
Ardath_Rekha7 January 2005
Warning: Spoilers
The sad thing about "Into Pitch Black" was that it could have been brilliant. Someone spent a great deal of time and thought on it. Unfortunately, one of the things that plagued the entire "Pitch Black" marketing campaign was its disconnectedness from itself. None of the tie-ins -- this, the novelization, or the official website -- agreed on who and what the characters were, or how to portray them.

In this tie-in, the starring characters aren't anyone from the movie, but rather a female mercenary and a futuristic insurance adjuster who are trying to locate the remains of the spaceship "Hunter-Gratzner," that crashed with Riddick (and more importantly, it turns out, a priceless collection of stolen artifacts) on a desert planet. The two begin to piece together what happened on the ship and on the planet, throwing in a little bit of back-story on the people who crashed there, including Riddick.

Although Diesel gets top billing, it's unclear whether he was actually involved at all. Riddick is never clearly seen (so it could be a stunt double) and all of his lines are taken from Pitch Black. And although there's finally a hint in the tie-in about what might REALLY have happened to the survivors of the crash, most of the build-up portrays the movie as something very different than it is, more of a "Friday the 13th In Space" than anything else, with Riddick possibly hunting down and axe-murdering the other survivors. People who chose to see (or NOT see) the film on the basis of that were completely misled. People who based their expectations of future Riddick films around the back-story he was given in this, sadly, were ALSO misled; virtually every detail has since been discarded for the overinflated universe of "The Chronicles of Riddick."

Technically, the tie-in is atmospheric and interesting. It's completely irrelevant, however, and an opportunity to make something with actual relevance was, sadly, squandered.
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4/10
Resembles a bad fan made movie
bluesquirrel200421 April 2018
It is hard to believe that a major Movie Studio released this short movie.

It is disjointed and difficult to follow. The movie consists of constant cuts between scenes from the Pitch Black movie, scenes from video diaries from investigations into Riddick and then the scenes from this short movie. All seemed to be thrown haphazardly together.

The acting was laughable and eye-rolling.

The movie did not provide revelations of any substance. All the backstory information revealed was petty and trivial.
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2/10
Into Pitch Black: Pointless
Platypuschow20 October 2018
Into Pitch Black is rather an obscure part of the Riddick universe. It's essentially a companion piece to Pitch Black (2000) set a few months after the events of the movie. It is however in no way anything even remotely resembling a sequel.

It revolves around a number of people overlooking what transpired with the ship crashing and Riddicks escape. The "Movie" and I use that term loosely is a disjointed creature made up of original but poorly made content and sections of Pitch Black itself.

It offers a slight insight into some of the characters backgrounds and that's about it. The single minute of footage explaining that certainly isn't worth the 43 minute runtime.

Into Pitch Black frustratingly serves no purpose, it's entirely pointless and I struggle to believe even the most hardcore Riddick fan would enjoy this as it brings absolutely nothing new to the table.

I don't know who this is for, but it certainly wasn't me.

The Good:

Lisa Saum

The Bad:

Brings nothing to the franchise

Disjointed and messy

Things I Learnt From This "Movie":

Some films just should never have been made, this is a fine example of such a thing
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