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Pitch Black

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Literature--a Retelling of the Salvation of Man

    This is classic literature--reference to classics, the Holy Bible, and poetry throughout. A re-visioning of the greatest story ever told, yet few people acknowledge the writer for his extraordinary ability to combine science, fiction, and religion. Fry's sacrific allows Riddick's rebirth. This is in the same class as the original Star Wars trilogy for weaving in universial themes and literary motif. Far more than the average sci-fi thriller produced today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Great Classics of Science Fiction

    This is truly a masterpiece of Science Fiction and an interesting study in human nature with profound messages similar to those in films such as Fahrenheit 451, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Metropolis, Logan's Run, and Blade Runner. The internal struggles of the characters (spirituality, self-sacrifice, fear, temptation, addiction, guilt, mastery of fear, human kindness, self-interest, resourcefulness, etc.) add a tremendous amount of depth to the story. The guilt of the captain over her early impulsive actions and the penance she ultimately pays for her mistake are deeply touching and almost made me cry. The stark landscape setting really allows us to focus on the characters - their personalities, motives, relationships, actions, etc. The emulation of Jack for Riddick is beautifully done, very quickly and easily charming us to both characters. The story is very well written, with the acting equally well done, showcasing the relationships between the characters. The Riddick/Johns relationship is interesting, particularly their respect for one another: Some kind of "code of ethics" between bounty hunters and the convicts they pursue? Also of note is the hero worship of Jack for Riddick, and the hero's subsequent defense/protection of her several times, in various ways, against multiple threats. Additionally, the interplay between the captain and Johns (his manipulation of her, and her judgment mixed with empathy of him) really adds dimension to these characters and the overall story. This is one of the few films I have seen that seems absolutely perfectly cast, particularly Jack who is difficult to distinguish between boy and tomboy - she is very believable. The creatures/monsters are extremely well done, both their appearances and movements. I think this is a much better story than the Alien and Predator movies, though I enjoy those as well. The humor in this story is exquisite - the "looks clear" scene is one of my favorite bits of this movie. Given the intensity behind Mr. Diesel's acting, it is amazing that he is capable of adding this type of "lightness" to his work. And the tension present throughout the film is tremendous. We are literally "on pins and needles" as we watch the action from our observer position and instantly recognize the mistakes of the characters (delay, poor choices, etc.) leading toward their doom with no way to warn them or urge them to hurry. I don't understand the term "cult" applied to this film because that seems to imply a select viewership and I believe this movie has the power to please a variety of peoples, though especially fans of Science Fiction and human-interest stories. I call this one of my "treadmill movies" (to watch while exercising) because the miles pass in a non-painful flash. A special thanks to the many people involved in making this movie for the wonderful quality of distraction and thoroughly engrossing entertainment. I am unable to choose a favorite between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. I am pleased they are remarkably different from one another. I believe they are both equally significant in their contribution to great classics of Science Fiction.-- J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

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    One of my favorite movies of all time. Delightful and visually

    One of my favorite movies of all time. Delightful and visually beautiful--especially Claudia Black--and a great story. The next movie and the next are also worth watching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GREAT SCI-FI MOVIE

    This is by far one of my favorite sci-fi movies out to this day. I love everything about this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Great sci-fi movie...Vin Diesel does a great job. Check out the Chronicles of Riddick and the game, both do not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie Had Me On The Edge The Whole Time

    YYYEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! Pitch black was an awesome movie..I didnt even want to get up to go to the bathroom...Vin Diesel is awesome in this movie...and it is full of unexpected circumstances that thrill me every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pitch Black is way cool

    I really like Fry. He could see at night where no one could. So he could see all the monsters and watch everybodys back ,when he isn't watching his.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Raveworld.net PITCH BLACK Raves are cool!

    The best secret of PB is the Raves on the DVD.. MY TV was THUMPING HARD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Sci-Fi movie since Aliens

    I think Aliens is the best Science Fiction movie ever made. However Pitch Black is a close second. Like any great Sci-fi movie it has great effects, but doesn't rely on them to keep the story moving along. Has great performances all around, especially from Vin Diesel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must See Movie

    A great Sci-Fi movie. right up there with Alien. you have got to rent it. Vin Diesel is wonderfull.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE IN THE WORLD!

    Pitch Black is the best movie I've ever seen. The character twists are great and the plot, though seemingly shallow, is pulled off in a very enjoyable way. It's my favorite movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Human vs. Aliens plot with a twist.

    This is one of the best movies I've seen in a long while. The suspense and drama will keep you on the edge of you seat. The Plot is very creative and interesting. It adds a twist to the age old theme of human vs. alien with the killer being able to see in the dark and the aliens only attacking in the dark. It has all of the key aspects of a good movie: drama, suspense, romance, and action. The best part is the love affair that just barley forms between the killer and the only living pilot. I can't wait until it comes out on video and anyone who is a movie buff like me should have this movie in their video arsenal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    100% pure adrenaline.....Pitch Black delivers!

    Pitch Black was an excellent movie. The film was technically superior(especially the tripple sunlight effects, and total blackness photography). The creatures in this film were realistic. All of the computer effects were top notch. The storyline, while simple, never dragged, and kept moving the whole time. The Storyline had the standard ''Alien'' premise....humans vs. aliens on a far away planet. However, this film did add some innovation to this genre. The film basically deals with a group of people who have crash landed on a planet inhabited by carniverous creatures who can only survive in complete darkness. The groups main survivors include Cole Hauser(Wing Hauser's son) as Johns, Radka Mitchell as Fry(pilot), Keith David as Imam (the holy man), Claudia Black as Shazza (a real Beauty), and Vin Diesel as Riddick. Diesel plays a murder convict, with surgically enhanced eyes enabling him to see perfectly in the dark (how convenient). His character is one of the most complex and intriguing characters ever in a sci-fi movie. One by one the group is picked off by these horrific creatures-often in a graphic/gory fashion. The story never lets you down (except for the coincidence of the timing of the eclipse on this (ironically) bright planet) I couldnt take my eyes away from watching this film....constantly wondering who would survive on the alien planet.....The suspense and drama of Pitch Black will keep your heart pounding until the final minutes of the movie. Vin Diesel and the effects are excellent. I highly recommend this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Sci-Fi flick with a twist of Hitchcock!

    This has to be one of the freshest sci-fi films to come out in a long time. The best thing to come out since Aliens, the typical man vs. alien plot is here, although the way the director marionettes the characters, it's literally impossible to guess who lives and who dies. It's a welcomed exit from the typical man vs alien plot. In tow, Vin Diesel's character is enigmatic and mysterious from the get-go from his monologue about the effects of extended hyper-sleep; plus with those eyes of his, it, with the aliens and the outcome of who lives, this movie will undoubtedly keep you riveted to your seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pitch will hold you in your seat

    Saw this movie twice, wowow can wait to order it on dvd. Excellent content, good movie line. It great!

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