David TwohyUSA109 minutes2000ColourEnglish
The survivors of a spaceship crash must rely on notorious space outlaw Riddick (Vin Diesel) to lead them to safety when they are besieged by ferocious nocturnal creatures on a desolate planet.
A transport ship with a diverse group of passengers aboard is damaged in mid-spaceflight and forced to ditch on a desert planet, which is kept in perpetual daylight from three suns. The survivors soon discover that the planet's only inhabitants are a species of ferocious, underground-dwelling creatures that, naturally, can only come out in the dark. With a triple solar eclipse rapidly approaching, the group is forced to rely upon the least reliable member of their party: the notorious outlaw Riddick (Vin Diesel), who had a "shine job" performed on his eyes that allows him to see perfectly in the dark. Writer-director David Twohy's tightly made B movie neatly combines sci-fi and horror, and gave the burly, endearingly marble-mouthed Diesel his first starring role; director and star would reunite for two sequels, the outrageously overblown space opera The Chronicles of Riddick and the scaled-back survival thriller Riddick.
Jesse Wente is Ojibwe from Toronto. A broadcaster, public speaker and curator, he has appeared on CBC Radio's Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years and currently serves as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, overseeing Theatrical, Cinematheque, Film Circuit and Exhibition programming. Wente has curated retrospectives on Indigenous Cinema, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Mann and Keanu Reeves. He has appeared in movies such as Reel Injun and Nightmare Factory. Currently a board member on the Toronto Arts Council, Wente has also served on the boards of the imagineNATIVE Festival and Native Earth Performing Arts.