Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Yup. I'm going there with a movie from 2000. That stars Vin Diesel. I can't help it. I think this movie is brilliant! I don't know how many of you have seen it, it has never been reviewed (!) so I'll briefly go through plot:
A spaceship crash lands on a barren, desert-like planet with few survivors, one of whom is a convicted murderer, Riddick, played deliciously by Vin Diesel. The planet has three suns so it seems like finding shelter and water and not being killed by the now escaped Riddick are the most important things. However, it soon becomes clear that there are other inhabitants on the planet, namely these guys:
This is a sculpture I found on this site, there are actually very few images to be found of the aliens. This is a shame because they are f*ing bad-ass. They do have a weakness, which is light. Unfortunately for our little group they've landed on the day the planet is going to experience a complete solar eclipse.
Things I love about this movie:
The way light and darkness is used. The suns bleach the planet and before it all goes dark the landscape is magnificently shown. There is another scene where a guy is surrounded by the aliens that you can see only in the flash of light. It's awesome.
The effects and sounds of the creatures. Like I said, bad-ass.
The characters in all their flawed and fucked-up glory.
The pace - it starts quickly and doesn't let up.
It's a smart, well done alien sci-fi flick. I heartily recommend it to you all. And if you saw it way back when it holds up for an effective second viewing. Go! Go watch it now!