The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

c_riddickThe Chronicles of Riddick” is just more Riddick, more CGI, less story, less character development than in “Pitch Black”. Besides having Riddick as protagonist, the two movies are not connected with each other and once again he finds himself smack in the middle of a life and death situation, this time in form of the extremely hostile company of Necromongers bent on dominating nothing less and nothing more than the whole universe.

There is a scene at the beginning where all the Necromongers, facist bunch they are, rally to hail their Lord Marshal, which greatly resembles a scene from “Triumph des Willens” and I bet it’s no coincidence either.

Even though the facist master race is led by an all powerful half alive half something else Lord Marshal who commands the powers of the Underverse (yeah right), Furion and facist misfit Mr. Riddick will just kill everyone (that matters) and keep what he kills, just as we expect him to do. Honestly, I don’t think anyone else than Vin Diesel can actually play Riddick; let’s face it, he is Riddick. No really, who else could growl so impressively?

Still, “The Chronicles of Riddick” is entertaining but it does not reach the intensity of “Pitch Black” and is hardly more than a solid SciFi action movie on CGI steroids.
5/10

4 thoughts on “The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

  1. The reason why there is no connection between Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick is rather simple: Merchandise. There is another fairly unknown and official “Riddick-movie” around. It’s called “Dark Fury”.

    As an official product of the franchise, the 35-minute anime benefits from having the original actors voice the characters, including Vin Diesel as Riddick. If you want to know what happened between Pitch Black and it’s sequel, you should check it out, altough you really shouldn’t expect too much of it. As for me (I don’t really like anime), I found it rather amusing to get to know what happened, even if the plot is rather “thin”.

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  2. Hey Kai, thanks for the info. “Dark Fury” indeed answers the few questions that people might have about Riddick. Good thing the studio decided to release it only after “Chronicles” was released…

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  3. There is a link between the two films. The Imam or Holy man of New Mecca in Cronicles is the same man that Riddick saved in Pitch Black.
    Also, the girl (Jack) from Pitch Black tries to become like Riddick by getting into trouble and finding a prison where light never reaches and a criminal doctor to give her eyes a polish (though she never finds a doctor and is annoyed at Riddick for this). Riddicks reason for leaving is to protect Jack (suggesting that he does care).
    The clues are all there if you look carefully at Cronicles.

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