The Chronicles of Riddick

Kill Riddick! Kill Riddick! The whole known universe and beyond is after Riddick.

The Chronicles of Riddick is a follow-up to the adventures of Richard B. Riddick, an escaped convict and murderer, which started with Pitch Black and continued with the animated film Dark Fury.

The Chronicles of Riddick picks up the plot five years after the events depicted in Pitch Black and fulfills the high expectations of its prequel(s).

Review by SAndman
July 12, 2008

Chronicles of Riddick Movie

Writer and Director: David Twohy

Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick
Colm Feore as Lord Marshal
Alexa Davalos as Kyra
Judi Dench as Aereon
Thandie Newton as Dame Vaako
Karl Urban as Necromonger commander Vaako
Linus Roache as Purifier
Nick Chinlund as Toombs
Keith David as Abu 'Imam' al-Walid

Released: 2004

Riddick: Merceneries. Elementals. Necromongers. Shit, I've never been so popular.

The Chronicles of Riddick is a space opera, and a great one at that.

Among other things, it packs a man chase which spans half a dozen planet systems, enough flying fisticuffs to make Jackie Chen green with envy, busloads of extremely unpleasant baddies, the Necromongers, hell-bent on conquest, destruction and genocide, or rather, planetocide, because these guys do not conquer and rule, they conquer and simply blow the worlds to smithereens, and a whole spate of funky creatures: Furyans, Elementals and whatnot, who all have a part to play in the greater scheme. (The universe does seem to make perfect sense after all…well, at least while you are watching an SF movie.)

The plot branches and new characters and motifs are introduced constantly. You'll meet some compelling villains, the good witch, the scheming femme fatale, Riddick's sinister arch-nemesis, the Lord Marshal - "He alone has made a pilgrimage to the gates of the UnderVerse... and returned a different being. Stronger. Stranger. Half alive and half... something else."

You'll see some dazzling sequences of alien ships attacking, experience a rollercoaster Indiana Jones style ride down a mine shaft, visit a triple-max security prison planet (chockfull of Russian guards - go figure!), get familiar with a very sophisticated method of torture…

Against this vast backdrop the role of Riddick grows exponentially. Your hard-bitten one-against-all reluctant hero from the prequel rises in stature. He becomes the stuff legends and campfire stories are made on. In the words of one character: "In normal times, evil would be fought by good. But in times like these, well, it should be fought by another kind of evil. "

Yeah, you guessed it. The oracle has spoken. Riddick was destined to be the ultimate bad-ass who would take on the Necromongers and put the kibosh on their wicked plans.

I don't know about you, but I have always been a sucker for movies with great characters. I mean, many times over larger than life characters. And when it comes to a tough guy, it has to be the tough guy, sullen, hard as nails, with a sense of humor you can shave on. And it has to be someone who couldn't care less whether you call him a savior or a scoundrel.

Kill Riddick! Kill Riddick! 'Cause he'll sure as hell kill you given half a chance.

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