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‘Pitch Black’ simple sci-fi film
By Samuel McKewon
There is a simple appreciation I
have for the motivations of “Pitch
Black,” a marginal yet enjoyable
piece of science fiction.
Its director, David Twohy, who
previously directed the “The Arrival,”
reaches no further than his grasp in
this movie. A spaceship crashes on a
desolate planet, there are a few sur
vivors and they have to battle some
winged beasts, along with each other.
And eventually, they’ll have to escape
because there is no way in hell they’re
killing all the winged beasts. And
that’s the movie.
Sure, “Pitch Black” throws in one
neat twist: Its lead character, Riddick
(Vin Diesel), is an escaped con who
can see in the dark and has little love
for anyone on the ship.
I j I STARRING: Vin Diesel,
DIRECTOR: David Twohy
RATED: R (blood, guts
^ FIVE WORDS:
Meaningless, “Pitch Black”
' still fun
It is Riddick whom the surviving
'passengers fear the most, especially
after his bounty hunter, Johns (Cole
Hauser), yammers on about him for a
Along with Johns, the surviving
pilot (Radha Mitchell) and a few other
stragglers, played by unknowns, wan
der around the desert looking for a
way off the planet, searching for
Riddick and staring at some mighty
strange-looking rock formations.
Over time, they all find out what
those rock formations mean. And they
find a possible way off the planet. But
not before the monsters show up for
All these scripts play out the same,
and “Pitch Black” is a retread of
“Alien,” along with many other beast
related movies like it. Diesel has a few
good moments as the rebel without a
soul, and I liked Rhiana Griffith as the
teenager along for the trip. This movie
is not about the acting.
It is about the look, and Twohy
gives the planet a good once-over -
bathing it in high-intensity yellow and
blue, reminiscent of “Three Kings.”
And when the suns finally go out
because of a solar eclipse, Twohy han
dles darkness with visual flair, too.
We never quite see the aliens com
pletely, but they’re highly unkind
creatures who enjoy human blood.
And since it’s pretty well established
that there’s no way to kill them all,
“Pitch Black” becomes a question of
who will live, rather than who will
It answers its questions and ends.
It’s fine diversionary discourse
because it aims no higher. And that’s
just fine with me.
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from underrepresented groups for the Graduate Assistant Mentoring Award.
All current full-time graduate teaching and research assistants at the
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at the annual Graduate College Awards Ceremony in April.
Nominations must include:
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• a curriculum vitae
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For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 472-2875.
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