8 Responses to “Pitch Black (2000)”

  1. Marc says:

    I really agree with Heather. Might have only gone 3 and not 3.5, but that’s a minor quibble.

    Watching this and The Chronicles Of Riddick together should be required in any film school. The differences between the two, and the quality of the two could not be more stark. This film works because it’s about CHARACTERS in an interesting environment, interacting in ways that are true to their essential nature. It’s not a SFX piece designed to shoehorn the beginning of a over scripted and under realized trilogy down our throats. They probably spent more in the ‘Furnace Prison Planet’ scenes in Riddick than is Pitch Black all together. And for what, more spectacle and less impact. I always think of this as one of the ‘Little Movies That Could’. Low budget but good ideas pulled off with talent and style. I watch this when ever I see it on cable. I run from Riddick.


  2. athena27 says:

    I would quibble. This film probably deserves four stars. Can you think of a better Science Fiction movie that’s been released in the last ten years Marc? I can’t.

    I didn’t hate Riddick, but it lacked the depth and charactar development that Pitch Black did. Riddick is probably the best antihero ever.

  3. Marc says:


    This has not been a great decade for Sci-Fi, that’s for sure. But kinda off the top of the head.

    To me:

    Primer – And a MUCH lower budget.

    Matrix – FIRST ONE ONLY

    The Incredibles – Animated – Superhero-Sci/Fi

    The Butterfly Effect – Really liked this – Hardest hitting ending to a film I’d seen in a long time. Shame Mr. Punked decided to stop acting after this one and went back to relying on his looks. Oh, and being Mr. Demi More.

    Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack – Yep – it’s THAT good.

    Spiderman II – Superhero Sci/Fi

    I’d put the two Batman movies in there as well, but I take them as more ‘Drama – Superhero’, with little to no ‘Sci-Fi’ elements to them as opposed to Spiderman II with the sentient Octopus limbs and such.

    On a movie to just movie basis I’d Rate Pitch Black better than all three of the Star Wars Prequels, but there is so much more going on with SW that I’m sure I’ll revisit them more in the future.

    But – again – this is just me.


  4. Heather says:

    I would probably put The Matrix as my number one as well……….

    but I would more than likely have Pitch Black in my top five of the decade.

    Straying away from the superhero genre there really hasn’t been a ton of great Sci-Fi, though I have to say the “realistic” future Sci-Fi movies are starting to get better, like Children Of Men and while Babylon A.D. was more geared toward the action end, it was a step in the right direction.

    Spiderman Is An Atrocity!

    What? Who said that?


  5. athena27 says:

    I think the Spiderman movies were good but I wouldn’t call them Science Fiction, nor The Incredibles, but I haven’t seen Primer. Perhaps that’s something I’ll give a try.

    I’ll give you the Matrix though I though I generalize that more with the 90′s. It wasn’t my cup of tea but it was ground breaking in it’s genre. It’s just a shame they made sequels afterwards. Awful!

  6. Marc says:

    ‘It’s just a shame they made sequels afterwards. Awful!’

    And on THAT – I could not agree more!


  7. Clint says:

    You spelled Vin Diesel wrong. Unforgivable.

  8. Heather says:

    I’m sure he misspells it on occasion too. ;)

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