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The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)



Critic Consensus: As an action movie, Riddick offers some thrills, but as a sequel to Pitch Black, it's a disappointment.

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Vin Diesel returns as the nocturnally gifted antihero Riddick in this sequel to the 2000 cult item Pitch Black. Riddick, on the run from the law and evading mercenaries eager to claim the price on his head, seeks refuge on the planet of Helion, only to discover he's walked into a world in chaos. Helion has been seized by the Lord Marshall (Colm Feore), leader of the Necromongers, a race of bloodthirsty warriors determined to wipe out humanity throughout the universe. Aereon (Judi Dench), leader of Helion's "elementals," pleads with Riddick to join them in their fight for survival; Riddick agrees, hoping to fill out some of the blank chapters in his history along the way. As he plots his battle strategy against the Necromongers, Riddick becomes reacquainted with Kyra (Alexa Davalos), whom he knew as a girl but has since grown into a strong and beautiful woman eager to join him in the fight against the Lord Marshall. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violent action and some language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: David Twohy, David N. Twohy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 2004
Box Office: $56.8M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Vin Diesel
as Riddick
Colm Feore
as Lord Marshal
Judi Dench
as Aereon
Linus Roache
as Purifier
Thandie Newton
as Dame Vaako
Terry Chen
as Merc Pilot
Christina Cox
as Eve Logan
Darcy Laurie
as convict
John Mann
as convict
Ronald Selmour
as slam guard
Raoul Ganeev
as slam guard
Mark Acheson
as slam guard
Shohan Felber
as slam guard
Ben Cotton
as slam guard
Andy Thompson
as scalp taker
Cedric De Souza
as Black Robed/ Meccan ...
Ahmad Sharmrou
as Black Robed Cleric
Stefano Colacitti
as Black Robed Cleric
Mina E. Mina
as coptic cleric
Mina Erian
as Coptic Cleric
John Prowse
as Bump Pilot
Lorena Gale
as Defense Minister
Chris Heyerdahl
as Helion Politics
Christopher Heyerdah...
as Helion Politico
William Robert Daly
as Helion Politics
Rob Daly
as Helion Politico
Michasha Armstrong
as Lead Meccan Officer
Micasha Armstrong
as Lead Meccan Officer
Aaron Douglas
as Young Meccan Soldier
Colin Corrigan
as Vault Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Chronicles of Riddick

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (37)

The sequel baton pass at the finale is pretty nifty, but it's surely asking too much to think the filmmakers could leave us wanting more. Come to think of it, much, much less would have been best.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Makes absolutely no sense in its theatrical cut and still feels awfully messy in Twohy's director's cut.

Full Review… | September 11, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

Very violent, brainless explosion movie.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

There are many plot holes, an inappropriately overly complicated plot, and a lot of pointless aspects that never even bother to make the least bit of sense.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Vainly attempts to elevate Riddick into a mythological hero in a political-intrigue contest meant to be Dune in an action context, though it's a lot more like Stargate in a crap context. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
Groucho Reviews

Twohy gives the film a vehement comic-book energy, and the eye-popping production design by Holger Gross is like Boris Vallejo's Greatest Hits come to life.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for The Chronicles of Riddick


Riddick returns to discover that he is a warrior prophesied to end the brutal reign of a race of religious zealots conducting a crusade against the rest of the universe. I was a fan of David Twohy's previous work, particularly the original to this somewhat bloated sequel Pitch Black which was a visually stylish sci-fi horror that inventively transcended it's meagre budget. In this however he has the keys to the toyshop and wantonly plunders from Macbeth, Krull and everything in between. He is clearly trying to do Star Wars in the style of Dune, but falls a little short of the epic scale he was aiming for because the mythology he has created is slightly unconvincing and the somewhat episodic plotting. The story is little more than a series of excuses for spectacular set pieces and some of the dialogue is clunky at best, but it never bores and is always a visual feast; the special effects stand up well today and it has some wonderful production design. In fact this film is guilty of a lot of the same self indulgent excess as the Star Wars prequels, but with one major difference: Twohy can actually direct. It won't be to everyone's taste but if you are a fan of pulpy sci-fi, it should be a fun ride.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Mediocre follow up to Pitch Black, I was very much let down by this sequel, and I felt it was a tiresome, boring movie that tried way too hard at outdoing the original. The biggest problem with that is, Pitch Black was never a great film, and it was a film that boasted impressive action with an average story and an average cast. Overall that film needed a lot of work to make it a memorable outing, and left a lot to be desired. The Chronicles of Riddick is a picture that suffers from an underdeveloped script and it tries to put way too many elements on-screen that don't work. This film is a mess from start to finish and way too long for what it is. I think the film should have been shorter, and that the script should have been reworked significantly. There were a few interesting ideas, but overall, like I said, it's a mess because the film is all over the place. If you've enjoyed the first film, you may be let down by this sequel. The Chronicles of Riddick is yet another follow up that fails to expand and deliver something better than the original. Pitch Black wasn't perfect, and it left a lot to be desired, but it was entertaining and fun. This on the other hand is a strained picture that fails in delivering anything really interesting for the viewer. This movie is purely for Diesel fans, and no one else. Don't go into this one expecting a better film than Pitch Black, you'll be disappointed as The Chronicles of Riddick is all over the map, and you're trying to figure out what's going on, on-screen. Like I said, it's a mess of a picture, and overall it's just boring, dull and ultimately not interesting. This film should have been much better, instead it just falls flat.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Whose bright idea was it to put a gritty brawny action hero into some bizarre, convoluted Shakespearean Sci Fi Opera? I seriously can not believe that Pitch Black and this piece of crap was written by the same guy. The style and tone is completely different and not for the better.

I also can't believe the production values on this thing, that's just irresponsible. Not all the badassery in the world could have saved this piece staged rubbish.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

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