Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pitch Black (2000)

Director: David Twohy

Writers: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, David Twohy

Composer: Graeme Revell

Starring: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Keith David, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Claudia Black, Rhiana Griffith, John Moore, Simon Burke, Les Chantery, Sam Sari, Firass Dirani, Ric Anderson, Vic Wilson, Angela Moore, Peter Chiang, Ken Twohy

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Fight Evil With Evil

Plot: A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

I've seen this a couple of times now and I think that's the limit on this one.  I dig the picture and I like that Vin Diesel isn't the overly macho badass that he became after this with the lower, gravelly voice and the way he carries himself in an almost cartoonish way.  There's some of that here but it's not as pronounced as he later became. The look of the film is neat, going a long way in helping sell the illusion that we're on another planet.  The space bugs are pretty ferocious but to call them 'evil' is too much.  They're just doing their job, eating folks to survive.  Overall it's a fun sci-fi flick with a new character working in a tired premise but he makes it work. 

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