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Fantastic scary space creature movie!!!

  • Dec 3, 2008
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In my opinion, there can't be enough scary space creature movies! I love the genre, and Pitch Black will not disappoint you.

The action starts right at the beginning, with a truly spectacular crash scene. There is a convict on board who escapes, survivors stumbling around trying to figure out what to do, the bounty hunter who wants to find the convict, and the pilot with a chip on her shoulder because of a bad decision she made trying to bring the ship in. Then one of the survivors finds a hole in the ground and the scary space creatures introduce themselves by chomping him.

They look for water, they look for the convict, they find more scary space creatures, and then discover that the planet will soon be engulfed in total darkness because of an eclipse and the scary space creatures only come out at night. They find the convict and team up with him because of his enhanced night vision, but is he really bad and is the bounty hunter really good?

Pretty typical? Yes, but with some very big exceptions. The casting for this movie was excellent. Radha Mitchell as the pilot and Vin Diesel as the convict are both talented new actors. The casting was well done, each character well performed. The Photography was superb, especially the lighting. With three suns on the planet (two yellow and one blue) the lighting at times was almost surreal. The special effects were much better than you would expect, not just the aliens but also the scene where this huge planet is coming up over the horizon, soon to block out the suns and cause the eclipse. And the aliens? Scariest space creatures since "Alien", spooky and deadly.

Pitch Black will not win any awards, but for fans of this genre it is a rare plasure to watch. I highly recommend this movie.

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January 26, 2009
I really hated this the first time I saw it, but its grown on me since then. I'm still not crazy about it, but I will admit its not bad at all.
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Quick Tip by . June 15, 2011
This is the kind of stilted, overproduced, derivative tripe that frat boys consider innovative when they watch it on a double bill with The Matrix. Both Vin Diesel and Radha Mitchell are embodiments of anti-presence. Every time he opens his mouth to deliver another wooden line, the weight of his screen lead doubles.
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Starring Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David, Cole Hauser
Directed by David Twohy
Writers:  Ken Wheat, Jim Wheat

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy
Release Date: February 18, 2000
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr 47min
Studio: Interscope Communications, USA Films
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