Pitch Black

Starring: Vin Diesel, Cole Hauser, Claudia Black

Directed by: David N. Twohy

Produced by: Gramercy Pictures, Interscope Communications, Intrepid Pictures

Distributed by: USA Films

Genre: science fiction

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B+ B+ B+
Review by Xibo Date seen: February 26, 2000
Viewing Location: Newport Grade: B+
Summary: Just don't think about the physics and you'll be fine.
A transport ship with a tiny crew and few passengers crashlands on a planet with three suns. (The solutions to the three-body problem in classical mechanics generally involve one of the bodies rapidly zipping off to nowhere, which is why no one has seen a trinary star system in real life.) Due to the excess sunlight, there's no night on this planet. Usually. But every 22 years there's a total eclipse where the planet hides behind a larger, ringed planet and it becomes completely dark. The cinematography of the eclipse with the ringed planet dominating the sky is just amazing.

Vin Diesel gives an excellent performance as an escaped convict who, as one of the survivors, is forced to help everyone find a way off the planet. Cole Hauser and Claudia Black play the crewmen, and then the rest of the passengers are all wackos, who of course end up getting picked off one by one by spooky creatures that come out when it's dark. Overall this is one of the better sci-fi films I've seen in quite some time, but that's not saying a lot, as many sci-fi films lately have sucked. 

B+ B+ B+
Review by Jigen Date seen: March 4, 2000
Viewing Location: Seattle - That Big Mega Theather thingy Grade: B+
Fun times are had when a ship crash lands on an alien world filled with nasty (exceptionally well done CG) aliens that lurk out in the dark. There is a certain tension in every scene due to the fact that these carnivorous and highly brutal aliens could be less than 20' away, just out of view. Cinematically, it doesn't get much better with strange washes done to reflect the alien world's unusual 3 sun arrangement. One of Vin Diesel's 2 best performances (see "Boiler Room" for the other). Quality action/suspense film. 

Review by BernacK Date seen: November 12, 2003
Viewing Location: In the Dark Grade: F
Summary: Worst Movie I've ever seen
And I've seen Dude Where's My Car? 

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