Vin Diesel stars as the enigmatic fugitive in the film that first introduced the world to the character of Richard B. Riddick. Pitch Black is a pulse-pounding sci-fi action adventure, set in a world where the daylight can burn you... but the darkness will kill you.
It's a boy's film - but quite enjoyable
- Pitch Black review by RP
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It's a sci-fi film. It's about the survivors from a crashed spaceship fighting off hostile alien creatures. That's it – so far, so much the same as just about every other space fiction film you've ever seen. Vin Diesel stars as a bad-boy muscle-bound see-in-the-dark convict lending a hand fighting off the aliens and turning out to be Mr Nice Guy in the end. It's a boy's film but quite enjoyable of its kind. 3/5 stars. Recommended.
Pitch Black was the film that turned Vin Diesel into a star and it remains a high point for him. He plays an infamous criminal who is turned loose after the ship crash lands on a remote planet. Of course there is something out there, but just what the survivors are not entirely sure. Riddick has a unique ability that gives him the edge at night when the aliens appear. This low budget indie really shook up the science fiction genre managing to deliver an atmospheric and thrilling romp with a cast of unknowns. Twohy does a grand job of building up the tension and giving the planet an alien feel. It's a real shame that the sequel ignored many of the strengths on show here.
9 Minute opening sequence of the Chronicles of Riddick
A new introduction to the film by writer / director David Twohy
The chronicles of Riddick visual encyclopedia: Cole Hauser hosts this exploration of Mercs, the Slam and other unique elements of the Riddick universe
Johns' chase log: Follow the bounty hunter, Johns (Cole Hauser), on his month-long hunt for Riddick, includes excerpts from his personal log chronicling Riddick's final days of freedom before his capture, leading into opening scene of Pitch Black
Dark fury: Advancing the arc: An inside look at the making of The chronicles of Riddick: Dark fury, the visionary animated film by acclaimed animator Peter Chung
The game is on: Join the ride of Riddick's earlier life as he attempts to burst out of a triple max security prison and get a sneak peek at the new The chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay interactive game
The making of Pitch black feature
Commentaries: Vin Diesel, Cole Hauser and director David Twohy offer scene-by-scene insights into the film; The film's director, producer and visual effects supervisor discuss their exciting work on the film
A view into the dark: David Twohy and Vin Diesel explore the character of Riddick