Could I have watched this with my Dad? : Absolutely.
Could I have watched this with my Mom? : Probably not, no.
Language: Yes, some fair use of the f-word throughout.
Violence/Gore: Yes, a good amount of both.
Music: Managed to capture the grandiose planetary movements as well as the danger and intensity of the small scale at the same time. It was dark, tense, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I looked up the composer because I felt he did a magnificent job with the score, only to discover that he also composed the score for Æon Flux and Dune among many other classic sci-fi films.
Did I feel the need to leave the lights off and sit in silence afterwards? : If it had been dark outside, then yes, I probably would have.
Was there a food pairing? : Lasagna. It was meant to feed two people, but...it fed me really well. It was a bit tricky, as the lasagna kept falling off my fork but if I took my eyes off the screen to eat then I would miss something.
Thoughts: A step above your average Summer B-movie action flick. Sure, there were a couple corny moments and lines, but there were also some really great/badass moments and one-liners. Also, it's more of a sci-fi action horror/thriller monster flick.
As a child, we didn't watch too much tv in our house, and what I was allowed to watch was tightly limited due to my tendency for nightmares and night terrors at a young age. I remember finding the preview for this movie on iTunes and being captivated by it. I knew I wouldn't be allowed to watch it (R rated and all) and so I would just watch the preview over and over and over again. I was fascinated by the concept and was absolutely obsessed with the lines, "They say most of your brain shuts down in cryosleep. All but the primitive side...the animal side. No wonder I'm still awake."
Things I loved:
Anti-hero protagonist. I have very little experience with anti-heroes in literature and movies, and enjoy finding new ones to appreciate. (And actually, in searching for the term "anti-hero" to ensure my definition was correct, Pitch Black was the first listed as an example of an anti-hero movie!) And, as an anti-hero, I really appreciated that they kept him true to that character, he didn't just turn into a good guy or melt because of some girl. He stayed pretty true to his character the whole way through.
A main male character is revealed to be a total piece of shit. His character is rotten and is quickly exposed instead of just being allowed to masquerade as masculinity, wisdom, etc.
There was a good mix of predictability and surprise moments.
Some very minor elements reminded me of The Silence.
There were some really genius moments, especially in the revelation of certain things.
Things I wasn't so hot on:
Bare midriffs and cleavage on the women. There seemed to be no need or practical, in-world reason for it -especially on a professional spacecraft pilot.
There were a few plot holes that I remember being pretty confounded by in the beginning, but then I quickly forgot them as I got wrapped up in the action (and if I forgot them that fast they couldn't have been too bad, right?).
While every other character went by last name or odd name or non-gender-specific names, the main female was often simply called Carolyn. I found it a bit demeaning and frustrating.
As a child, this movie would have been too much for me. I don't know if I would have hated it, been terrified of it, or had nightmares after...or all of the above. BUT- as an adult, it fully lived up to, and exceeded, my childhood dreams of how awesome it might be.
Was this a good use of a night with the house to myself? : YES.