Pitch Black (2000)
Front Cover Actor
Vin Diesel Richard B. Riddick
Radha Mitchell Carolyn Fry
Cole Hauser William J. Johns
Keith David Abu 'Imam' al-Walid
Lewis Fitz-Gerald Paris P. Ogilvie
Claudia Black Sharon 'Shazza' Montgomery
Rhiana Griffith Jack/Jackie
John Moore John 'Zeke' Ezekiel
Simon Burke Greg Owens
Les Chantery Suleiman
Sam Sari Hassan
Firass Dirani Ali
Ric Anderson Total Stranger
Vic Wilson Captain Tom Mitchell
Angela Makin Dead Crew Member
Ken Twohy Spaceship Traveler
Movie Details
Genre Horror; Sci-Fi; Thriller
Director David Twohy
Producer Tom Engelman
Writer Jim Wheat; Ken Wheat; David Twohy
Language English
Audience Rating Unrated
Running Time 110 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Owing a major debt to Alien and its cinematic spawn, Pitch Black is a guilty pleasure that surpasses expectations. As he did with The Arrival, director David Twohy revitalizes a derivative story, allowing you to forgive its flaws and submit to its visceral thrills. Under casual scrutiny, the plot's logic crumbles like a stale cookie, but it's definitely fun while it lasts.

A spaceship crashes on a desert planet scorched under three suns. The mostly doomed survivors include a resourceful captain (Radha Mitchell), a drug-addled cop (Cole Hauser), and a deadly prisoner (Vin Diesel) who quickly escapes. These clashing personalities discover that the planet is plunging into the darkness of an extended eclipse, and it's populated by hordes of ravenous, razor-fanged beasties that only come out at night. The body count rises, and Pitch Black settles into familiar sci-fi territory.

What sets the movie apart is Twohy's developing visual style, suggesting that this veteran of straight-to-video schlock may advance to the big leagues. Like the makers of The Blair Witch Project, Twohy understands the frightening power of suggestion; his hungry monsters are better heard than seen (although once seen, they're chillingly effective), and Pitch Black gets full value from moments of genuine panic. Best of all, Twohy's got a well-matched cast, with Mitchell (so memorable with Ally Sheedy in High Art) and Diesel (Pvt. Caparzo from Saving Private Ryan) being the standouts. The latter makes the most of his muscle-man role, and his character's development is one more reason this movie works better than it should. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 99
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Edition Unrated Version
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 025192110627
Release Date 2000
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned DTS Surround Sound Widescreen Dolby
Links
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