The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black (Unrated Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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When their ship crash-lands on a remote planet, the marooned passengers soon learn that escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) isn’t the only thing they have to fear. Deadly creatures lurk in the shadows waiting to attack in the dark, and the planet is rapidly plunging into the utter blackness of a total eclipse. With the body count rising, the survivors are forced to turn to Riddick and his eerie eyes to guide them through the darkness to safety. With time running out, there’s only one rule: Stay in the light.
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A space-ship full of cosmic pilgrims crash-lands on a thoroughly alien world. They find themselves in a scorched wasteland, a desert graveyard holding the bones of hill-sized behemoths. It seems bad, and the presence of a convict named Riddick makes things seem even worse. When they learn that subterranean tunnels house myriads upon myriads of nocturnal exo-monstrosities, like terrifying hybrids of the Hammerhead shark, Komodo dragon, Bengal tiger, and the alien from `Alien', they're relieved that these terrifying things can't handle sunlight... starlight... whatever. When they learn that the hourglass is about to be flipped, and the planet's eccentric orbit and axial rotation will result in something too `lastingly dark' to call `night', well... it's a bit scary. Riddick ends up being the pitch-black anti-hero his badge-wearing escort isn't, and Radha Mitchell finds classic 1961-style redemption for her selfish past.
Director David Twohy earned his stellar reputation among SF and horror fans with `Pitch Black', and deservedly so. Then he destroyed his stellar reputation among SF and horror fans with `Chronicles of Riddick', and deservedly so.
Not to sound snide, you can tell that a lot of time and money went into the project. They had to pick exotic Australian locations for the planet scene (thank goodness it was not Mars again). Those Vin Diesel eyes were experimental designed metal contacts. The orrery was a cute touch mixed with the otherwise hi-tech atmosphere. There is lots of action and even the obligatory waiting to be surprised did not drag out.
If this is a shoot-um-up movie and an "and then there were none" movie, it is done well. If it was supposed to be a sci-fi movie, which should have a moral to it, then it was lost in the shoot-um-up scenes.
A passenger spacecraft ends up crashing on a desolate planet. The only survivor from the crew co-pilot Carylon Fry (Radha Mitchell) takes command and directs her surviving passengers (including Claudia Black from "Farscape") to find food and water. While there appears to be no indigeous life forms, a human survey team did briefly occupy the planet. Curiously, there's no indication as to where they went or why they left much of their material behind.
Also on the flight is a what appears to be an interstellar police officer (Cole Hauser) escorting a convicted criminal by the name of Riddick (Diesel). Riddick has the unique ability to see better in the dark than the light. While he's no hero, he does make suggestions to the survivors to help their chances for survival. Unfortunately, they're soon to discover that some life form forced the survey team to consider leaving once night arrives.
A suspenseful "B" movie premise that works primarily due to Twohy's sharp, taunt direction and crisp dialogue, "Pitch Black" immediately graps your attention with its inventive visuals and intense performances from the superb Mitchell, Deisel, Hauser and Black. Actally, the entire cast gives strong performances throughout the film and Twohy throws in plenty of unexpected twists and turns to keep the audience on the edge of its seat.
This "new" unrated director's edition was available previously on DVD a couple of years ago.Read more ›
You find out for example that the bad guy is not always the bad guy. In the crash sequence after all the dust settles and Johns finds an empty cryo sleep tube and his gun missing, it's found on the floor under a dangling Riddick. Now if Riddick was such a bloodthirsty bad guy, he would have taken the gun and shot Johns and been done with it. This is the second interesting development in the film, and gives you a nice window into the character of Riddick.
The first interesting development is the moral dilemna during the landing/crash of the ship, in which Fry tries to eject all the passengers.
The third interesting development is the assuming of Riddick's guilt in the death of Zeke, for which no one has apologized yet.
I've rarely seen such a depth in chracters in the scifi genre. All of the characters go through some deep changes under the pressure of the struggle to survive. Check out the expressions on the faces of the actors, and the dialogue, excellent job, without overacting or forcing.
The special effects are good, and they don't overwhelm the story. The plot is good, and the suspense stays with you up until the very end, building and ebbing throughout the film.
I wish they'd have had a bigger budget for this one, but if they had they'd have probably overloaded on the special effects.
Overall, I would give this an excellent rating as a movie buff.
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Arrived several days early. I enjoyed the movie the first time and had to replace my original.Published 4 months ago by RW
I cannot comment on the film itself, as I have never seen, but for under $5 for a steelbook bluray, I'll definitely watch it very soon.Published 6 months ago by macfinn
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