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Pitch Black 2000

With no aspirations to be a franchise, this is a very effective low budget sci-fi thriller. Twohy makes very clever use of his budget, through cinematography that helps to sell the otherworldly environment and a concept that allows him to hide the primitive CGI used for the creature effects. After a great opening crash landing, Twohy gradually builds up the tension to the inevitable eclipse and whilst most of the cast are essentially there to be picked off one by one, the three core central characters are interesting and developed well and unpredictable with a very effective moment of redemption and closure at the end. It is easy to see why more films were made as Riddick is the standout character, but both Radha Mitchell and Cole Hauser make an impact too. There are some great tense moments in the darkness and clever use of limited Iighting.

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This movie started out decent. Some people crash-landed on a strange planet and have to discover both the mysteries of the planet and the mysteries of their partners. This leads to some exciting moments, either by unexpected characters or unexpected alien behaviour.

Unfortunately, halfway through the movie, everything gets explained. Now you know who the bad guys are, and what's wrong with the alien planet. Because of this, the tension is gone and the movie ends in a very slow pace, where you can already predict most of what's going to happen. Too bad..

Can't really recommend this, because it's nothing special. The build-up of the story is nice, Riddick is an interesting character (although you don't learn too much about him), the acting is okay, unfortunately it turns into a very generic movie halfway. It did make me curious about the sequel though, so it must have done something right.

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I'm having a Riddick Marathon Day. When this first of the franchise came out (2000) the billing of it as a horror film made me a little tentative (I'm a whimp when it comes to horror movies) but I'm so glad I took a chance. The writing is creative, the acting should make Australia (and California) proud, the monsters are convincing, the look at humanity is insightful, the anti-hero extraordinary and the tension is well played. This is one of my favourite cult films (with two of my favourite actors - Vin Diesel and Claudia Black). I give it a 10 (the total package) out of 10. And for those worried about the horror - today it would only classify as a thriller. [Thrilling SciFi Action]

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Looks and feels like a cheap b movie with the dialogue to match.

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Why does science fiction benefit so wholly from the horror treatment? Because science fiction's greatest risk is sensory overload, and the "less is more" philosophy that so mathematically defines horror also tends to make science fiction great.

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Nice movie! Although not as good as the "Alien" trilogy (well, actually it is a quadrology, but the 4th movie is no good!), it has it's moments and Vin Diesel is a good cast for "Riddick" I think.

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Science fiction chronicles for a delinquent.

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Loved it.

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