40. Pitch Black (2000)

Date First Watched: Long time ago
Date Last Watched: 25/08/2007
# Viewings: 4+

Whenever I first watched this, sometime in the early 2000s, it was my favourite movie for some time. I watched it quite a lot back then, but it’s been some time since I’ve seen it…

I still remembered it pretty well. The first 30 mins or so is quite weak. There are bits about it I really love (the look of it, the crash, the introduction to the planet), but the actors are really really bad, especially in this part, and the characters are fairly dull. The few main characters are underdeveloped, but have enough life to them to make them likable. But you never really care that much about anyone. I do like that all the female characters are strong and never feel like token female characters. Carolyn is a bit bland, but one of the best female leads as she is never sexualised, never put into a motherly role, and never a weak, defenseless victim. Men and women are treated equally in this film and it’s a pretty rare occurrence so it needs to be said.

Once the eclipse begins, it’s pretty much non-stop awesomeness. It’s a great action film, a great sci-fi film and a great horror film. It’s never ‘scary’, but it’s got a great atmosphere and the danger feels real. The creatures look slightly dated, but not too much so as they are shown only in small bursts. I used to call them Kabutops since they look so much like the Pokemon. Anyway, they look cool and are good ‘villains’.

I always wanted to know more about the planet, I really love the setting and although I want more, they do a good job at setting up the planet in the beginning. The planet is a pretty important character in this film, so it’s important to be invested in it. They give you enough information to get to know it, but leave you wanting more – which is better than giving you too much and making it seem lame.

It’s a great looking film, very well-shot. If some of the cheesy dialogue was absent and the actors were better, it would probably be an easy 10, but they do let it down slightly. But this is an amazing film that is great in all other aspects.


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