Makes absolutely no sense in its theatrical cut and still feels awfully messy in Twohy's director's cut.
| Original Score: 3/10
Big, bloated and surprisingly uninspired, The Chronicles Of Riddick is everything that Pitch Black wasn't.
| Original Score: 2/5
Very violent, brainless explosion movie.
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.
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]
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Riddick is a loner, Dottie, a rebel. He's a simple man, like Pee-Wee Herman, who is not concerned with getting the girl. But, unlike Pee-Wee, poor Riddick doesn't even have a bicycle for companionship.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Like the heat on Crematoria, little is fleshed out. But I suppose it really doesn't matter because -- wow, isn't Riddick cool?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
It's been a long time since anyone bothered to create a new, big budget cinematic mythos out of scratch, and Twohy has poured a great deal of money into the look of his movie.
The plot of THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK could be properly understood only after watching DVD extras.
Riddick starts the way that all great storytelling should: with a voiceover by an old British woman.
| Original Score: 1/5
Just because you want to create a universe doesn't mean you'll be able to present it well, and The Chronicles of Riddick is a case in point.
The immense sets look matte-drawn, reminiscent of the decades-old 'This Island Earth.'
| Original Score: D+
Diesel is an imposing screen presence even when growling risible dialogue.
Overblown, badly written, poorly edited and just downright boring, this is, in a word, Riddickulous. Good special effects, though.
It's no Battlefield Earth, but it's no Dune either. And, no, before you ask, it's not destined to be a cult classic.
This is deluded filmmaking at best, an idea taken too far, too fast.
| Original Score: 36/100
Space opera, a prison breakout, spectral zealots and an anarchist anti-hero - dumb, maybe, but this film has enough in it to make you see the light.
All the stunning visuals in the world can't raise Chronicles above the level of a ridiculous Rambo-in-space flick.