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The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

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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, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of violent action and some language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By:
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Box Office:
$56,800,000.00
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Cast

Vin Diesel
as Riddick
Colm Feore
as Lord Marshal
Judi Dench
as Aereon
Karl Urban
as Vaako
Linus Roache
as Purifier
Thandie Newton
as Dame Vaako
Nick Chinlund
as Toombs
Mark Gibbon
as Irgun
Terry Chen
as Merc Pilot
Christina Cox
as Eve Logan
Shawn Reis
as Merc
Ty Olsson
as Merc
Darcy Laurie
as convict
John Mann
as convict
Alexander Kalugin
as Slam Boss
Alexandr Kalugin
as slam boss
Douglas H. Arthurs
as slam guard
Vitaliy Kravchenko
as slam guard
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
Kim Hawthorne
as Lajjun
Andy Thompson
as scalp taker
Cedric De Souza
as Black Robed/ Meccan Cleric
Ahmad Sharmrou
as Black Robed Cleric
Stefano Colacitti
as Black Robed Cleric
Mina Erian
as Coptic Cleric
Mina E. Mina
as coptic cleric
John Prowse
as Bump Pilot
Lorena Gale
as Defense Minister
Chris Heyerdahl
as Helion Politics
Christopher Heyerdahl
as Helion Politico
Rob Daly
as Helion Politico
William Robert Daly
as Helion Politics
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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All Critics (162) | 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
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With writer-director David Twohy's mega-budget follow-up to his Pitch Black, what was once a purring engine has become a gas-guzzling, accident-prone Humvee.

June 17, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A preening outer-space costume drama staged as a backdrop for its leading man's muscles.

Full Review… | June 15, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Chronicles Of Riddick is never dull, but it's far, far, far too pretentious.

June 14, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

I enjoyed it immensely, but not because it was any damn good.

Full Review… | June 12, 2004
Salon.com
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The muddy, convoluted story revolves around the star's cool-guy poses and one-liners.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Chronicles of Riddick

½

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
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
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

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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