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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