- 1 hr 49 min
Pitch Black is the first in the series of science fiction films that have come to be known as the Chronicles of Riddick. Full of monsters and dangers, and all of it on a relatively low budget for such a famous film, Pitch Black is a classic in the genre. The film opens up with a transport ship with all of its passengers in cryo-sleep. The autopilot passes through the tail of a comet, and it throws them all off course. People awaken to panic and disorder, and while the pilot finds a planet to try to land on, the co-pilot wants to jettison the passengers to save herself. The ship crash lands, killing the captain and leaving the co-pilot stranded with many of the other passengers. One of those is dangerous convict Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel). Riddick is re-captured, and the survivors begin to explore the planet. The three suns keep it in perpetual daylight, and they come across an abandoned research facility. The facility, and what they find inside, leads the group to discover that the interior of the planet is infested with dangerous, carnivorous aliens that can't stand the light. And an eclipse is coming on quickly, letting them all out onto the surface just as it did before, when the aliens destroyed and devoured the researchers. As darkness falls the party, Riddick included, tries to make it to some kind of safety. There's an abandoned base, still with a fueled and flight-capable ship. Riddick and the co-pilot go on ahead, and he tries to convince her to just leave the planet with him, but she demands they go back for the others. So they do, saving a small number of passengers and making it to the ship. However, just before she can reach the ship, the co-pilot gets killed by one of the things. So Riddick takes off, rescuing a bare handful of survivors from the encounter.