Pitch Black

  • 15
  • David Twohy (1999)
  • Aus / US
  • 103 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

It might start out resembling another assembly-line sci-fi saga, but this visually stunning adventure soon becomes as thrilling as it is imaginatively striking. The setting is a world with three suns, where a tri-solar eclipse allows screeching, flesh-hungry creatures to emerge from under the ground. The motley crew that must traverse this nightmare landscape is led by tough guy Vin Diesel, whose charismatic performance is pitched somewhere between Mad Max and the T-1000 from Terminator 2. With its first half sporting a brilliant desert surrealism and the second loaded with stylised gore, director David Twohy's futuristic frightener is a vivid and unique achievement. Unfortunately, director and star were not able to reproduce the same kind of magic for the big-budget sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, which was released five years later.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction thriller starring Radha Mitchell and Vin Diesel. When a transport ship crashes on a seemingly deserted planet, things seem bad enough for the few survivors. But with this desolate world about to be plunged into darkness by an eclipse, their nightmare is only just beginning.

Cast and crew

Cast

Fry
Radha Mitchell
Riddick
Vin Diesel
Johns
Cole Hauser
Imam
Keith David
Paris
Lewis Fitz-Gerald
Shazza
Claudia Black
Jack
Rhiana Griffith
Zeke
John Moore (2)
Owens
Simon Burke

Crew

Director
David Twohy

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 10 Nov 2000
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Columbia TriStar
Categories
Drama

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