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Pitch Black | 2000 | R | - 2.8.9

A spaceship carrying a prisoner, a cop and other travelers crash lands on a desert-like planet inhabited by creatures that come out to feed when it's dark. With Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Keith David, Ric Anderson, Claudia Black, Les Chantery, Firass Dirani, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Rhiana Griffith and Sam Sari. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Some sexual innuendo. Two women wear cleavage- and midriff-revealing shirts throughout the movie (in one scene, a woman's cleavage is particularly noticeable while she's on her hands and knees in front of the camera).

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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A person is shot several times (lots of blood sprays onto someone near by) and another's back is slashed (the long, bloody cut is visible). Someone is pulled into a hole and presumably eaten (we see blood on his face before he disappears, then see blood surrounding the hole). Creatures attack several people, but due to lots of quick cuts with the camera no explicit gore is visible unless otherwise noted: creatures fly away with a person's body, a creature grabs a person's neck and pulls the body up a wall, a creature stabs someone and then flies off with the body (we see blood dripping into a puddle), a creature impales someone (this is seen in an "infrared" shot) and then bites the person's head, a creature bites a person's leg (some blood is visible) and from a distance we see creatures feeding on a corpse (this is also seen in an "infrared" shot). In a long, chaotic scene of a space ship crash-landing, a man is impaled by a pole (we later see the bloody pole sticking out of his chest and hear him screaming in pain as he dies), people fall to the ground and are struck by objects, the windshield of the ship is shattered (it breaks into a woman's face, but she's not cut) and the ship catches on fire; parts of the ship rip off when it hits the ground. A man slices a creature (squishy noises are heard) and pieces of it fall to the ground; a few creatures are shot at. A creature's sharp claw nearly stabs a man's head. Creatures fight with each other while flying; pieces of them fall to the ground and their blue-colored blood falls on people below. We see a close-up of a creature bubbling when it's exposed to light. A man chokes another with a metal wire. Some punches and kicks and several scuffles and struggles in which people are shoved or thrown to the ground; in one scene, a woman tackles a man, who then flips her and holds a knife to her throat. A man injects a drug into his eye duct (we see a close-up of this). We hear cracking noises when a man intentionally dislocates his shoulders and then rolls them back into place. Creatures are fried by the space ship's fiery rockets and hit when the space ship takes off. We see a corpse's bloody, raw face with its eyeballs missing; in another scene we see a bloody, dismembered foot. Some threatening with guns and knives (a few people are nearly stabbed or shot). A person has small, bloody arm scratches, another has a bloody facial scratch, another has a bloody hand and another has a bloody leg, back and ear. We see lots of skeletal remains of humans and large animals; in one scene, people riding in a vehicle are nearly hit in the head with bones as they drive through the remains).

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LANGUAGE 9 - About 34 F-words, many anatomical and scatological references and many mild obscenities.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Space travel, aliens, criminals, sacrifice, selfishness and selflessness.
MESSAGE - Sacrificing yourself to save others is the moral, noble thing to do.
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