Pitch Black (also known as The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black) is a 2000 science fiction film directed by David Twohy and is recognized as the acting breakthrough of Vin Diesel.
In the film, dangerous criminal Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) is being transported to prison in a cargo spacecraft. When the spaceship is damaged by comet debris and makes an emergency crash landing on an empty desert planet, Riddick escapes. However, when predatory flying alien creatures begin attacking the survivors, Riddick joins forces with the crew to develop a plan to escape the planet.
The film's total budget was estimated to be US$23 million. It was a sleeper hit, grossing over US$53 million worldwide. It has since developed its own cult following, particularly around the antihero Riddick. A sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, was released in 2004.
In the 27th century (2676 A.D.), the transport ship Hunter-Gratzner, its crew and passengers in cryo-stasis chambers, passes through a comet's tail while on autopilot; debris from the comet ruptures the hull and kills some of its crew, including the captain. The remaining crew is awakened and docking pilot Carolyn Fry (Radha Mitchell) crash lands on the nearby moon, Hades, despite nearly dumping the passenger compartment; although many survive, the ship is a total loss. The survivors find the planet to be dry, dead desert, its orbit around three suns keeping the surface in perpetual daylight. The survivors learn that one of the passengers is a dangerous criminal, Richard B. Riddick, who escaped in the crash. Riddick is chased by a bounty hunter, William J. Johns (Cole Hauser), before he gets away. Meanwhile, one of the other survivors is killed while investigating a nearby cave. Johns returns with Riddick, who is accused of the survivor's murder and kept under close guard.
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