Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Chronicles of Riddick Review (Updated)

The Chronicles of Riddick

Release Date: 29th July 2004 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Radar Pictures
One Race Films

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 114 minutes
               135 minutes
               (director's cut)

Budget: $120,000,000

Box Office Gross: $107,212,751

Plot Summary
Riddick is on the run. 
Escaping from mercenaries 
determined to collect the 
price on his head, he finds 
himself at the heart of the 
battle that is not his. With 
Necromanger conquerors 
threatening the future of 
the entire universe, Riddick 
could be the only unlikely 
hero to save the human 

But will he be interested in 
saving anything other than 
his own life?

Vin Diesel - Riddick
Colm Feore - Lord Marshal 
Thandie Newton - Dame Vaako
Judi Dench - Aereon
Karl Urban - Lord Vaako
Alexa Davalos - Jack/Kyra
Linus Roache - The Purifier 
Nick Chinlund - Toombs
Yorick van Wageninen -
The Guv
Keith David - Imam
Peter Williams - Sybar
Christina Cox - Eve Logan

Writer/Director - David Twohy
Based on Characters - Jim & 
Ken Wheat
Producers - Scott Kroopf and 
Vin Diesel 
Production Designer - Holger 
Costume Designers - Ellen 
Mirojnick and Michael Dennison 
Director of Photography - 
Hugh Johnson 
Visual Effects Supervisor - Peter 
Film Editors - Martin Hunter and Dennis Virkler
Music - Graeme Revell

Presenting the audience of a very surreal, dark and mystical world in 2004's mad imperfection of a film called THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. This movie was filmed four years after PITCH BLACK and nine years before RIDDICK. I'm not willing to say it was a great sci-fi film, I find it more as an okay and below satisfying film in my expectations. Regardless that I never saw the movie on its director's cut and either the first one PITCH BLACK, it was a disappointing flop of the box office. There was also a director's cut version released a year later, but unfortunately this did not change the general unsatisfied consensus of Riddick fans.

It's hard to tell why Vin Diesel wanted Dame Judi Dench in one of the supporting lead roles. We know her for sure as the authoritative figure of MI6 known as M in the series of 007. It is said the action star had sent her a bouquet of flowers to get her to star in the secondary role. Karl Urban like I say was an actor that I never was a fan of his films, he managed to well play one of the villainous characters in an untimely decent role.

Good as it almost gets in THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK fair at best, in comparison it's no better movie than the first instalment itself.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

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