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The Chronicles of Riddick - Pitch Black
The Chronicles of Riddick - Pitch Black (2000)
Front Cover Actor
Vin Diesel Riddick
Radha Mitchell
Cole Hauser
Keith David Imam
Lewis Fitz-Gerald
Colm Feore Lord Marshal
Thandie Newton Dame Vaako
Judi Dench Aereon
Karl Urban Vaako
Alexa Davalos Kyra
Linus Roache Purifier
Yorick Van Wageningen The Guv
Nick Chinlund Toombs
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Sci-Fi; Thriller
Director David Twohy
Producer Camille Brown; Vin Diesel
Writer Jim Wheat; Ken Wheat
Photography Hugh Johnson
Musician Graeme Revell
Language English
Audience Rating Unrated
Running Time 112 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.3 (29,261 votes)
Owing a major debt to Alien and its cinematic spawn, Pitch Black is a guilty pleasure that surpasses expectations. As he did with The Arrival, director David Twohy revitalizes a derivative story, allowing you to forgive its flaws and submit to its visceral thrills. Under casual scrutiny, the plot's logic crumbles like a stale cookie, but it's definitely fun while it lasts.

A spaceship crashes on a desert planet scorched under three suns. The mostly doomed survivors include a resourceful captain (Radha Mitchell), a drug-addled cop (Cole Hauser), and a deadly prisoner (Vin Diesel) who quickly escapes. These clashing personalities discover that the planet is plunging into the darkness of an extended eclipse, and it's populated by hordes of ravenous, razor-fanged beasties that only come out at night. The body count rises, and Pitch Black settles into familiar sci-fi territory.

What sets the movie apart is Twohy's developing visual style, suggesting that this veteran of B-movie schlock may advance to the big leagues. Like the makers of The Blair Witch Project, Twohy understands the frightening power of suggestion; his hungry monsters are better heard than seen (although once seen, they're chillingly effective), and Pitch Black gets full value from moments of genuine panic. Best of all, Twohy's got a well-matched cast, with Mitchell (so memorable with Ally Sheedy in High Art) and Diesel (Pvt. Caparzo from Saving Private Ryan) being the standouts. The latter makes the most of his muscle-man role, and his character's development is one more reason this movie works better than it should. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 1047
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 1/22/2008
Links Amazon US
Product Details
Edition Unrated Director's Cut
Format HD DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC (Barcode) 025192778728
Release Date 7/11/2006
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Also Known As:
Pitch Black 2 (USA) (working title)
Pitch Black 2: Chronicles of Riddick (USA) (working title)
Riddick (USA) (working title)
The Chronicles of Riddick: The Director's Cut (USA) (director's cut)

Filming Locations:
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada (more)

Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick replaced another designer who had worked on the film for eight months with only 10 weeks before shooting. (more)

Crew or equipment visible: When the Holy Man is cornered by the necromonger before attacking each other, the reflection of the lights on the set can be seen in his glasses. (more)

[first lines]
Aereon: They are an army unlike any other... crusading across the stars toward a place called UnderVerse, their promised land - a constellation of dark new worlds. Necromongers, they're called. And if they cannot convert you, they will kill you. Leading them, the Lord Marshal. He alone has made a pilgrimage to the gates of the UnderVerse...

3 nominations (more)

Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Saturday Night Live: David Spade/Jack Johnson (#30.14)" (2005) (more)