Pssst, want to check out Pitch Black in our new look?
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Not bad, but not really worth watching unless you're desperate for entertainment of this vein. It's like a John Carpenter movie when Carpenter is at his worst. It's a little better than Syfy quality. Not quite sure how it holds a 7.1 with 200k votes on IMDB.
The original "Chronicle of Riddick", Pitch Black, does a lot with a little. It never over-explains anything, letting its claustrophobic world get built from inference. Vin Diesel's limited performance creates an ambiguous and therefore deceptively complex anti-hero. And the desert setting with its fortuitous eclipse is a natural ticking clock on a world where mutant bats only come out at night. This is how, though "Alien" type sci-fi thrillers are a dime a dozen, this one rises a step above the rest. It's also got some intriguing, if under-developed, secondary characters (the Imam, Frank, the reluctant captain, even the douchey bounty hunter is not all he seems) for the monsters to eat through. It's not a revolution in the genre, but a surprisingly solid entry in it.
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