Reviewed by Randal Chou
Rating: 9.5 Beans
s the new era of independent films emerges, I have begun to wonder what would happen if a sci-fi movie were made on an independent film's budget. Well, that day has arrived in the latest release from USA Films: "Pitch Black." It is the story of a group of passengers who crash land on a desolate planet in the middle of no where. They try to find a way off the planet, monsters show up, yadda-yadda-yadda, a few passengers survive. It's pretty just a regurgitation of the plots from "Lost in Space," "Galaxy Quest," half the "Star Trek" episodes, and the fifteen minutes the Millenium Falcon is broken in "Empire."
I guess since the "USA Films'" logo was the first thing to appear on screen, I should have known that this film was going to be a prime candidate for Bad Movie Night. Also, the fact that there were no credits to list any actors, directors, or producers (which I can't blame them for, because no one in their right mind would take credit for having anyting to do with this film) was a definite signal flare that this was a major stinker.
I won't go into the acting in this film because, well to be quite frank, there wasn't any. I feel that it is more important to concentrate on the most important aspect of a sci-fi film: the special effects. All I could think, the few times we DID see an alien, was "Behold the wonders of iMac." I think whoever was in charge of the film, let thier three year old screw around with the home computer till they made something that resembled an alien, sort of like in "Godzilla" (1997) where they made it rain the whole time to hide the really bad CGI.
The only original concept of the film was Vin Diesel's (Boiler Room) character who could see in the dark. However, they ruined this by trying to explain it with a throw away excuse; basically just killing all the originlaity this POS had.
Overall, I can't recommend this film to people who have any vision whatsoever, or hearing for that matter. It's just an atrocity all around. If USA had any brains, they would have saved their money releasing this to theatres and just airing on the SCI-FI network.
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