The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

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The wanted criminal Richard Bruno Riddick (Vin Diesel) arrives on a planet called Helion Prime and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe.


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7 December 2004 | kamyk2000
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| Why compare when you can enjoy?
I thought this movie was riveting. It did start a little slow, but soon thereafter caught my full attention. I had to change mental gears from expecting a Pitch Black sequel/clone, but not in a bad way at all. And there ARE tie-ins with Pitch Black plainly evident unless you aren't particularly observant or haven't seen Pitch Black. I thought the special effects were some of the best I have seen in a very long time, and after I began to become adjusted to the more involved background story, I found it engrossing. I felt that the characters had some depth to them. Enough for me to care a little about a few of them anyway, and Riddick became a little less of a cardboard cut-out, and a little more intricate in this movie. Some of the action sequences are also pretty impressive. I find it quite disappointing that this did not do better in theaters, and intend my rental to become a purchase. I hope that they continue the series with the next one? or two? movies that have been rumored to be following.

Those who found the movie itself disappointing, I would guess would be: 1) Hardcore sci-fi, or action movie fans who spent way too much time making mental comparisons to their favorite storyline/universe, or acting star during a movie to actually just enjoy the movie. 2) People who just wanted straight up action without all of the intricate details of a sci-fi storyline. 3) People expecting a sequel to Pitch black that didn't grow or expand on the storyline or character, who couldn't switch gears.

I took this film as THIS film, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I did not spend the entire movie making mental comparisons to other sci-fi or action movies or stars. Yes some of it's ideas have been used before. So what? Plumbing was an idea used by the ancient Greek and roman civilizations. Should we not use plumbing, because someone else used it before? If you spend all of the time during the movie making comparisons, then you might not give the movie the full attention it deserves.

For any who enjoy a good sci-fi action movie with a little thought behind it, and don't have some holy grail to compare it with, I would highly recommend this one.

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Trivia

When Riddick meets Toombs face to face, he asks what the bounty on his head is priced at. Toombs first lies, and says a million, but is coaxed into telling the truth of 1.5 million. Five years prior, the price displayed on Riddick's rap sheet in "Dark Fury" was roughly 1.1 million. So, within five years, the bounty was raised about four hundred thousand.


Quotes

Aereon: They are an army unlike any other... crusading across the stars toward a place called UnderVerse, their promised land - a constellation of dark new worlds. Necromongers, they're called. And if they cannot convert you, they will kill you. Leading ...


Goofs

When the ship carrying Riddick is on approach to Crematoria, they're all just fine with the sunlight entering the windows. But once they reach the surface, suddenly the sunlight bothers them. The sun would have felt much, much hotter before they entered the atmosphere, it wouldn't wait until they reached the ground to start burning them.


Crazy Credits

The closing credits are displayed over extreme close-ups of elaborate Necromonger sculpture. Eventually the sculpture is revealed to be a statue of Riddick sitting in the Lord Marshall's throne.


Alternate Versions

The theatrical release was edited to achieve an MPAA Rating of "PG-13" instead of "R". The Unrated Director's Cut on DVD restores the violent scenes and adds more character development (including the addition of a character that was not seen in the theatrical release).


Soundtracks

Getting Away With Murder
Performed by
Papa Roach
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,289,165 13 June 2004

Gross USA:

$57,761,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,900,534

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