Pitch Black: The bang-to-buck ratio was sky-high. The first eight minutes of crash-landing was a great hook (Rayna Wilson earned cred as an action-type). During the rest of the film, Vin mainstreamed himself by making his character work as well as he did.
I found the sci-fi scenario engaging: cryopods were necessary for interstellar travel and there were diverse cultures, economic resources & motivations. Space-flight seemed to be sub-light in this installment - which is more interesting than loading up script-kiddies in the hyperdrive-equiped interstellar SUV, and cruising off to somebodies idea of 'adventure-planet' . It also makes it plausible to get seriously marooned and eaten by the local fauna...
It demonstrated what is possible, even when bracketed by a tight budget.
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