Pitch Black

Movie Reviews | Feb 18th, 2000

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Starring Some people I never heard of
Written By: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, David Twohy
Directed By: David Twohy

I’m totally in the minority here, but I liked this movie. I thought it was”neat.”

It was cheesy and derivative and cliched, but it wasn’t so bad as to warrant my snap judgement from watching the commercials: “Pitch Black? Well, they should have left the camera lens on…” Anyway, this movie is about some convicted killer guy being transported to some planet and there’s a snafu (stands for “situation normal all fucked up”- neat word, huh?) and the rocket ship crash lands (a really cool scene where most of the budget probably went) and the survivors check out this deserted desert planet, whose inhabitants soon make themselves known when the lights go out.

It’s part Dune, part Aliens, part something else I can’t remember. The acting isn’t half bad, and most of the characters die, so even if the acting IS bad, you fortunately get to see the person exit stage left via some scary-looking computer-generated baddies. This wasn’t action-packed nor scary nor even a bit suspenseful. But I liked the style of it. It had some great visuals. And a cool concept even if bits were borrowed. And I like the fact that everyone thought this movie was bad except for me, and I usually hate all movies. So go rent Pitch Black and check it out for yourself. But beware when you turn out the lights…. mwa ha ha ha!!

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Running Time: 109 minutes
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