A spaceship crashes on a mysterious planet. The survivors are eaten one by one by alien predators. Now why didn't I come up with that? I could have been one of those big Hollywood types instead a motherfucking farmer who masterbates to Victoria's Secret catalogs when nothing else is handy.Despite Pitch Black lifting elements from about 12 movies that I can think of off the top of my head, it still delivers the goods in many of the scenes. There is a washed-out look in the earlier scenes that do a good job at underscoring the darkness that dominates the last half of the movie.
The aliens are like a mix between bats, pirahnas and hammerhead sharks. If you watch closely you can even catch a glimpse of a couple of males (I assume) butting heads like gazelles. It looks like the special effects team had a blast cramming as many different animal species as possible into these aliens. I would not have been surpised to hear those fuckers gobbling like turkeys and doing peacock mating rituals.
The one thing that REALLY bothered me about this movie is how everything was so convienently laid out for the plot. They happen to land on the fucking planet days before the eclipse that happens every 22 years!?!? Glow worms!? One of the guys just happens to have had an operation allowing him to see in the dark?!?!
Those and a few other handy little coincidences almost ruined this movie completely for me. Fortunately, there are some really slick scenes, a great performance by Vin Diesel and an unexpected twist or two.Ummm... I was only kidding about the Victoria's Secret thing...