Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2000. PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Interscope Communications. Story by Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, Screenplay by Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, David Twohy. Cinematography by David Eggby. Produced by Tom Engelman. Music by Graeme Revell. Production Design by Graham ‘Grace’ Walker. Costume Design by Anna Borghesi. Film Editing by Rick Shaine.
Terrifying futuristic thriller about a prison-shuttle ship marooned on a distant planet inhabited by killer creatures that only come out at night. So you only have to worry about the sun going down once a day right? WRONG! A solar eclipse is coming along to shroud the entire planet in darkness for who knows how long, and it’s up to the ship’s crew led by Radha Mitchell and powerful convict Vin Diesel to keep everyone safe. Plot elements from the Alien movies are liberally borrowed here, but the film is so genuinely terrifying and the production design so convincing (shot in the deserts of Australia, which enhances a desolate look) that no matter how far ahead you can see in the movie you’ll still be thrown for a loop.