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As an action movie, Riddick offers some thrills, but as a sequel to Pitch Black, it's a disappointment.
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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.
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.
A preening outer-space costume drama staged as a backdrop for its leading man's muscles.
The Chronicles Of Riddick is never dull, but it's far, far, far too pretentious.
I enjoyed it immensely, but not because it was any damn good.
The muddy, convoluted story revolves around the star's cool-guy poses and one-liners.
I've been patiently waiting for the sequel for years and now this.
Makes absolutely no sense in its theatrical cut and still feels awfully messy in Twohy's director's cut.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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