ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Pitch Black★★★★ 10.55pm-1.05am Movie Mix
There’s a fourth part of the Chronicles of Riddick sci-fi franchise in the pipeline according to a Facebook post from star Vin Diesel, thanks to almost $100 million at the box office and brisk DVD sales for 2013’s third part. Writer/director David Twohy’s 1999 original is always worth a watch, as it has all the invention and cunning on a relatively modest $23 million budget. In it, a transport shuttle with 40 passengers, including convict Diesel, crash-lands on a planet that, inconveniently, is about to enter a lengthy eclipse, plunging all and sundry into, yes, pitch black. Goodies and baddies unite for survival as indigenous nocturnal creatures awake with the scent of blood and, naturally, Diesel’s musclebound, baritone-voiced recidivist proves he’s really a team player. It’s an ingenious, tightly staged action chamber piece and if only its sequels had stuck to its less-is-more ethos, the series might not have bloated so. Still, fingers crossed for part four, sometime in the future.
Does what it says on the tin. Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sex addict spills the beans to Stellan Skarsgard with the likes of Shia LaBeouf and Uma Thurman along for the rides. If you can keep up, Volume 2 is showing tomorrow.
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