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Pitch Black

July 22nd, 2008 by Betina Chan-Martin Product Manager

Today’s Hulu Days of Summer entry, Pitch Black, starts off with a bang when a spaceship crashes onto M6-117, a seemingly barren planet. Carolyn Fry (Radha Mitchell), the ship’s docking pilot, is the only crewmember to survive impact, but she’s joined by her cargo: The few passengers who survived the emergency landing, including a blindfolded and shackled murderer named Riddick. Played by Vin Diesel (of xXx fame), Riddick has glowing eyes that see into the darkness — very helpful in spotting the vicious monsters who roam the planet at night.


Pitch Black owes a lot to other science fiction films. It draws most notably from Alien, but there’s also an element of Jurassic Park: The creepy, night-stalking aliens could be escapees from Michael Crichton’s Lost World. But this lower-budget flick proves that recycled components can go a long way. Co-writer/director David Twohy creates a visceral world where the darkness looms, and knowing that those alien monsters could be lurking behind every dark corner builds palpable suspense that just might keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rebecca (rebecca.harper@hulu.com)

Last comment: Apr 14th 2014 1 Comment
  • Fan says:

    I really liked this movie, except for Radha Mitchell. I find her a bit spacey like a deer caught in headlights.