At the end of the Iron Giant panel at the
San Diego Comic Con footage from Pitch Black, the next movie by
Giant voice Vin Diesel, was screened for the first time. The teaser
portrayed the film as being in the vein of James Cameron's classic
sequel Aliens, but with the mystery and suspense of having a murder
within the midst of the humans struggling for survival mixed in
as a subplot. The David Twohy-directed picture is set to hit theaters
in January. -cinescape
Fry is a junior space pilot on the crew of a craft traveling to
a far away galaxy known as New Mecca. Among the passengers, Johns
is a good looking cop who brings Riddick, a deadly killer, to justice.
Riddick's eyes have been enhanced for vision on a low light planet,
making him virtually blind in the brightness of day.
"When the spacecraft becomes crippled
in space, Carolyn fails to pilot a safe landing on an inhabited
planet. She is the only member of the crew to survive. Johns and
Riddick, in the relative safety of the passenger compartment, are
unharmed. These three characters form an uneasy alliance in the
quest to survive. Under their leadership are a handful of other
passengers: three Chrislam Pilgrims, whose religion is a combination
of Christian and Muslim scripture; Audrey, a teenage runaway; Zeke
and Shazza, husband and wife biologists who study extraterrestrial
life forms; and Paris, effete, self-interested antique dealer whose
belongings include an abundance of vintage liquor.
"On the eerie planet, scorched
perpetual sunlight, the survivors find a landscape dotted with huge,
dry cone-shaped hills and petrified, vine-like croppings. But no
life. Then they find and abandoned settlement. Whoever they were,
the settlers left in a hurry. Why? Among the belongings left at
the camp is a light duty spacecraft that could be their chance for
survival. Then Riddick, digging a grave for the dead crew members,
finds a tunnel full of bones. Zeke investigates the hole and a strange,
foreboding clicking that comes from within. Zeke is yanked into
the shadows. His anguished screams echo throughout the settlement.
When Fry follows his trail in the dark cave, all she finds are Zeke's
eviscerated remains. Suddenly, something unseen comes after her.
She barely escapes into the daylight, where whatever is lurking
in the dark does not follow.
"The creatures which almost got
Fry, killed Zeke and the settlers who came before them. Fry and
Riddick further realize that the planet is not perpetually in light
- it's on an orbit that puts it in total darkness every sixty years.
The last time darkness fell the settlers were destroyed. And as
the suns set now, Riddick warns Fry that she'd better know exactly
whom she can trust. Because Johns isn't all he seems to be. And
Riddick might be more than she imagines. It turns out that Johns
is, in fact, a bounty hunter, and he's been hiding a morphine habit.
Although he's promised Riddick his freedom, he had no intention
of keeping his word. Fry can't trust either one of them. But as
dusk begins to fall on this hostile world, dread unites all of the
survivors. Whatever is lurking in the dark has been there a long
time, hungrily waiting for this moment.
"As night falls, the tree-like
vines come alive, turning out to be the spines of hibernating beasts
called Plowheads. These huge creatures become easy prey for winged
Hatchlings, which fly from the spired hills like smoke from a volcano
top. And the ominous clicking that preceded Zeke's death begins
to build in intensity as grown carnivores emerge. Hiding in the
gloaming, they navigate their dark world with clicking echo-location,
searching with saber-bladed precision for sustenance after their
sixty year fast.
"Fry and other survivors turn to
Riddick for help-his enhanced night vision eyes have turned from
a shortcoming to an advantage. Johns warns Fry that Riddick will
lead them to their deaths, not to the emergency craft. Riddick makes
it clear that self-preservation is his only interest. With creatures
swooping in on them from the dark, Riddick, Johns and Fry discover
that the predators retreat from light. Unfortunately, they haven't
got enough torch light to keep them at bay long.
"In the end, Johns, Fry, and Riddick
must lead the others through a gauntlet of creatures lining the
canyon to the ship that is their salvation. As they traverse the
unknown, creatures pick off the remaining shipwrecked travelers
one by one. In cowardly desperation, Johns tries to convince Riddick
to use the young girl, Audrey, as decoy bait for the predators.
Seeming to join forces, Riddick turns the tables on his captor.
After a climatic fight, he pushed Johns into the darkness, where
unseen creatures devour the bounty hunter just out of the reach
of the light.
"When Riddick gives Fry a chance
to abandon the remaining survivors and escape with him, she refuses.
She holds herself responsible for the crash, and intends to save
the others. With Riddick as a brave ally, Fry loses her life in
a brutal, violent fight against the night creatures.
"A free man for now, Riddick pilots
the craft off the deadly dark planet, with the girl and a pilgrim
at his side. All are grateful to Fry for giving them a second chance
at living in the light of day."