Pitch Black (2000)

Sunday turned into prep mode for the new Riddick that opened on Friday.  Even though, I’ve read that there isn’t much connection, I still wanted to take the opportunity to rewatch it completely.  First up, we have Pitch Black!

pitch black posterDirector: David Twohy

Cast: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Keith David, Rhiana Griffith

A group of passengers on a spaceship are travelling to a planet called New Mecca on a longer route than normal.  However, on the way, they encounter unknown problems and end up crash landing on another planet.  Since the captain dies, a young pilot Carolyn Fry (Radha Mitchell) is forced to take on as the captain and lead herself and the survivors including Johns (Cole Hauser), an officer escorting an escaped convict, Riddick (Vin Diesel), to prison.  This planet never experiences night as it has three suns surrounding it but as they look for resources to escape in the nearby deserted mining facility, they learn that every 22 years, there is an eclipse and the world gets dark for an extended amount of time.  At the same time, one of the survivors get attacked by a deadly creature that only can hunt in the dark and is attracted to blood.

This is pretty much the first time I watched Pitch Black.  The previous time, I wasn’t really interested or tired and I just remember little tidbits where I fell asleep.  The good old university days when sleeping was mostly in forms of fatigue breakdowns, definitely don’t miss those days. Either way, I’ve gained this incredible love for Vin Diesel and Riddick was one of the movies we’ve been looking forward to see.

pitch black group

Pitch Black is a  pretty decent sci-fi horror.  Most of the story is quite predictable and even some of the dialogue but it does have a good rhythm to it.  The characters were done really well and honestly, Riddick was pretty awesome. He had some really good lines that really broke up the intense mood. Vin Diesel really fits the role of Riddick really well. The dangerous nature that he has really builds a nice vibe for this movie.

pitch black fry and riddick

Most of the characters were rather well too.  I couldn’t find the picture of the guy Johns who plays Riddick’s escort to prison but he played a downright a-hole and believe me, he was pissing me off.  That means he did a good job, as my boyfriend points out.  The character of Carolyn Fry was a nice balance but I think the best parts are possibly with the young boy played by Rhiana Griffith.  The admiration and respect he had for Riddick was pretty cool.  The holy man Imam played by Keith David also points out the whole concept of trust and belief.

pitch black riddick

I had a lot of fun with this movie.  I thought it was engaging and they set up the atmosphere very well.  The whole darkness pressing down and the unknown dangers that pop out.  The uncontrollable factor being Riddick and his course of action in the scenarios that come up.  The whole idea of having to trust a man like that to lead them through the dark because he’s the only one that pretty much can make it through.

I think its a good start to the Riddick series even if it was a bit predictable at times.  I’d say that if you’d like an entertaining sci-fi movie, this definitely does the job 🙂