Due to some fortunate timing I caught this at the cinema today. I must admit not having paid a massive amount of attention to Pitch Black, despite it having the rather nice Claudia Black in it. But I get the feeling if I'd watched a little more closely there would've been more back-plot set up for this film, although it's in no way essential to have seen the first I don't think.It is in many respects typical Vin Diesel, but he does bring, well, character to the character which is more than can be said for a lot of action stars. My closest analogy might be a sort of sci-fi Indiana Jones, although he's a clearer anti-hero hero than Jones. In fact, many might find this film reminiscent of the Conan films in some respects, too.The attention to detail in this film is well done - the sheer scale of some of the elements reminds me of Dune at times and all in all I found it a very credible universe. I think what also helped is that despite the amount of action in it, it actually stayed well away from Matrix-style effects - it's as much about what you don't see, and yet the action scenes were still brilliantly executed and really drew me in.So, yes, some quality quipping, quality action, a plot which somehow reminded me of Warhammer, and a lot of universe development which I believe is explored in a recently released anime (Dark Fury) which I'll probably look at as well.So, anyone else seen it?
Andy Thomas - SFXB Webmaster and Forum Moderator