The Chronicles of Riddick

The Chronicles of Riddick

Director: David N. Twohy Cast: Vin Diesel, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton
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The Chronicles of Riddick 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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This is one of my favorite movies! It is great! If you do not buy this or at least see it you are missing out no lie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was all about action sequences while the other film, Pitch Black, was about the outside of a different world.This movie was dull and it didn't have any good scenes where the characters acutally know what they are saying. Vin Diesel wasn't as good in this movie as he was in Pitch Black. Judi Dench ought to be ashamed of herself. Thandie Newton, I'm guessing, is the best character in this movie.
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I am a discriminating Sci-Fi fan, both literature and film, and I definitely do not agree with what professional critics had to say about this movie. I'm glad I didn't pay attention to the reviews and watched it for myself. The story includes Dune-like intricacies (prophecy, conflicting character motives, foreshadow, plots within plots, human weaknesses, multiple heroes, patience, questionable morality, rituals, inner challenges, sacrifice, etc.) but without the extended, drawn-out politics to slow the story. It is fast paced and entertaining along with the important issues and messages. The art in this film is breathtaking including the rocky fins and caves of the ice planet, the Necromonger ship the sparkling seas, sands, and architecture of Helion Prime and the brutal beauty of the jagged, glassy, and blistering Crematoria. The DVD version really showcases the artistic elements of this movie. The film has a Conan flavor with the non-traditional and non-innocent hero doing the right thing instead of the easy thing, and getting involved though he doesn't have to. The superhero (and regular hero) qualities of the Riddick character are also a nice addition to the story: speed, protection of the weak, strength, ease of killing, frequent flying through the air during attacks/escapes, quick thinking, sense of humor, resistance to Necromonger mental intrusion, enhanced eyes for night vision (Achilles heel being light sensitivity), precision, gracefulness despite bulk, piloting skills, use of varied weaponry, respect for life, risk taking, etc. The combination of weaponry is also interesting - unique craftsmanship blades mixed with Sci-Fi technology weapons. However, the violence in this film is very tasteful, similar to the Zatoichi movies, where our hero is able to kill without a lot of blood and gore. And he only deals out death when forced to, not at whim or randomly. There is also a similarity to Kurosawa stories as well, specifically Yojimbo and Sanjuro regarding the flawed hero and the motives of the characters. The acting is first-rate. All of the actors did a fine job, but Vin Diesel's performance is truly exceptional. I had no idea he was so incredibly talented. (I always thought he was mainly an "eye candy" actor. Not so.) He is amazingly expressive throughout the movie without the use of his eyes at all. (They are surgically enhanced with no pupils and covered with goggles part of the time.) And his voice, diction, and inflection are obviously a product of natural talent, serious training, and careful attention to his craft. I now have a new appreciation for the quality of his work. I would rank this film right up there with some of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of all time including Metropolis, Blade Runner, and Forbidden Planet and the story itself merits comparison to classic Sci-Fi books such as the Robot novels, Dune, The Chronicles of Amber, and the Foundation series. I recommend people watch this film and judge its merits for themselves. I don't think the critics of this movie watched it very carefully. --J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a really great movie that keeps you on edge and interested in all of the action. The only thing I didn't like about this DVD in particular is that since it is a director's cut it cuts out part of the escape scene which was one of my favorite parts of the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Effects were OK. The movie seemed dull and a little disorganized. I wasn't impressed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cool movies with awsome special effects. I know this got trashed by credits, but see it anyway.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with this movie overall. I thought the last fight sequence could have been a little longer, but I did like how it ended out. This movie is filled with great action!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a great movie but I certainly enjoyed the ride, the effects and the awesome costumes and scenery. Thandie Newton steals the show along with Colin Fiore......check out his great costume. Just accept it for what it is and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! It gives a bit of his history in the added scenes that you didn't learn in Pitch Black. The reconnection with Jack (now named Kyra) was excellent! The chemistry between those two was smooth & you never doubted their history for a moment. I'm looking forward to the two upcoming sequels of this series the next one taking place in Underverse and the final movie that is supposed to take place in Furia. Now if someone can nudge Vin in that direction...
Guest More than 1 year ago
With respect to those who would plea that this movie is the natural evolution of what was created in Pitch Black, and that the ambition behind it was to fully explore the potential behind that first movie, I would have to argue that, at it's best, it's wretchedly predictable, and at it's worst, it's a vanity piece created simply to cash in on the summer blockbuster crowd and make video games. While the first movie was certainly not innocent of being derivative, it was saved by it's simplicity, and easy conflicts. The conflicts in Pitch Black are more time honored than formulaic - man versus man, man versus nature, man versus himself. The conflict of Chronicles of Riddick is, well, conflict. Gun fights, knife fights, fist fights, and never once is there any real emotional investment. It's simply a striding panther of a man that any discerning audience knows is not only in no real danger at any time but will ultimately make it understood that every single opponent and struggle is either just an annoyance, some opportunity for shallow revenge, or a chance to demonstrate just how much better he is at everything. This, in an of itself is nothing new and so we can't just pin the blame on this movie, but the combination of actor, writer, and CGI presents the audience with no opportunity to suspend disbelief even in a setting which defies belief itself. We never believe that our anti-hero Riddick is ever in any real danger, and that he'll fly through it all with guns blazing, voice roaring, and soundtrack blasting, like one of the more blatant inspirations for this movie - Conan the Barbarian. But, unlike Conan, we've come to expect more from Vin Diesel, having before and since witnessed that he truly has the ability to act. Keeping our focus on the Riddick series, we remember that his character had levels of monstrosity and humanity that were demonstrated with a lighter or at least a more refined touch, such as well plotted character interaction and, to an impressive degree, dynamic cinematography. And on the topic of character interaction, while there was a sense of contribution and backstory for just about each character in Pitch Black, and enough of both to make us actually concerned and interested in their actions and the dangers they faced, there is next to nothing offered to us either by the script or the direction of Chronicles to drag a shred of sympathy from the audience. And not just because they were anti-heroes and we're meant to feel confounded, but just because most of them were just backstage players to Vin. One can almost imagine Dame Judy Dench being swept into the role with appeals like "Well, you play M in the Bond series! This isn't so much a stretch!" The rest of the supporting cast is typically just fodder and are shot, stabbed, cut, dropped, crushed, immolated, obliterated, or eaten, possibly telling that all involved in Riddick's life are in danger - because we had no idea. In Pitch Black, it's a group effort, and while Vin Diesel is certainly essential to the plot and movie, he is by no means the well spring to feed the audience interest. Part of what made Pitch Black so interesting was the group dynamic! The enemies are cosmetically interesting and had a potentially interesting story to them, but they also serve simply to inflame the body count. The one exception to that monotony is "Macbeth" subplot in the Necromonger camp. But that just serves to provide intervals between action scenes. Then you have what was, for me, the most jarring aspect of the movie - the elimination of the ease with which I could perceive the universe of Riddick and our reality meshing. Pitch Black made it easy to believe that we were looking at a plausible future - not anytime soon, but certainly a future. You had cold sleep, shotguns, morphine, and Paris. Chronicles of Riddick and ethereal, floating English actresses, snuffling sub-humans used as bloodhound radars, life sucking technology, monolithic spaceships,
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