Pitch Black
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In this science fiction thriller, a spaceship is transporting a disparate group of people to a far-away galactic outpost called New Mecca. Mechanical failures cause the craft to crash-land on an abandoned planet that has three suns and no night. The only member of the crew to survive is junior pilot Carolyn Fry (Radha Mitchell), while the passengers who climb from the wreckage include a police officer (Cole Hauser) and the prisoner he's transporting, Riddick (Vin Diesel). As Fry and the other survivors survey the abandoned dwellings of the desert world while trying to decide what to do… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A smart, suspenseful sci-fi movie from director Twohy, whose underrated 1996 film, The Arrival, also brought visual imagination and intelligence to the genre."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The film works because it's strong on fundamentals: fear of the dark, fear of helplessness, fear of the unknown, and fear of unpredictable human behavior."
‑ Tom Keogh, Film.com
"Pitch Black is such a stinker that it makes Twohy's previous sci-fi thriller, The Arrival, look halfway decent."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"contains unpredictable nuances that make for thrilling amusement"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A fairly efficient science fiction monster film, somewhat in the mold of an old 1950s B-movie."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"The script is a compendium of science-fiction clichés, familiar in Hollywood movies since the early fifties."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Barely intermittent, reminding us that the B-movie is still very much with us."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"A solid creature feature, but not at all a revelatory one."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...your typical run-for-your-life-the-monsters-are-coming science fiction adventure that requires one to park his brain at the front door of the theater before entering."
‑ Blake French, Filmcritic.com
"If only there had been as much time spent on creating believable aliens as there obviously was on the landscape."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Pitch Black is so jaunty, so limber, and so visually self-assured that art peeks through where crap has traditionally made its home."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"In the movie's last hour, writer-director David Twohy pretends to explore his stick figures' moral choices, and he forgets to deliver the thrills."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Original Riddick pic is violent, with teamwork rewarded."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"One of the better sci-fi movies to come around in a very long time."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Under the circumstances it's not really fair to blame the actors, whose amateurishness seems appropriate to the material (although Diesel's stolid machismo is so over-the-top as to be pretty laughable)."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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