Following on directly from the events in “Pitch Black”, we catch up with Riddick and his fellow survivors Imam (Keith David) and Jack (Rhianna Griffith). When their shuttle is seized, they are taken aboard a mercenary ship ruled by the sadistic Chillingsworth (Tress MacNeille). Following a zero-g battle with a group of mercenaries, Riddick is forced to surrender to save Jack, and is taken for an audience with Chillingsworth. Obsessed with the art of killing and those who perform it, she has amassed a macabre collection of “living art” comprised of infamous killers all of whom have been placed into a form of suspended animation, their bodies held almost motionless and forced to expend intolerable energies to perform the smallest movement.
Intended to take the character of Riddick, last seen blasting off at the end of “Pitch Black” and provide a transition to his character in the upcoming live action movie “The Chronicles Of Riddick”, what we have here is an “Animatrix” style interlude. Unfortunately it has nowhere near the running time it would need to fulfil its task entirely and, whilst progressing the story of Riddick and his cohorts, wouldn't seem to mesh with their situation at the beginning of the next movie. Instead we have more of a “continuing adventures of.” scenario here, including some classic moments of anime' style animation; Riddick takes on Chillingsworths' mercenaries in an original zero-G battle in the mercenary ships loading dock, faces up with some amazingly conceptualised alien killing machines and, ultimately, attempts to free himself and his shipmates.
As an animated follow on to “Pitch Black” it's pretty good. Vin Diesel, Keith David and Rhianna Grifith pick up the characters seamlessly with Diesels' voice continuing to be the bedrock of the ice-cold Riddick. But, whilst the animation maintains the level of action and the mood of the previous film, some will say that as an almost full-priced release, this is a cash-in product. Does this view have some merit? Let's take a look at what's on offer on the disc itself.
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