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The Chronicles of Riddick Review

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by Phil Hinton Nov 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    The Chronicles of Riddick Review
    When first released, Pitch Black became an instant Sci-Fi classic and launched the action career of Vin Diesel. The appeal of the original movie was its simple story of survival and its small budget feel, along with an excellent performance from Diesel. So this time around the budget is rumoured to be $100m and it seems like every dollar is on the screen.

    Taking place a number of years after the first Pitch Black, Chronicles (Pitch Black 2) opens with Riddick again being pursued by bounty hunters after the $1.5m on his head. After defeating the team of three head-hunters, Riddick realises it was his old time friend Inam (Keith David, from the first film), who - with an air elemental (Judi Dench) need Riddick's help against an army of Necromongers, a race who take over every planet they visit and attempt to force their religion on the population. Riddick soon realises he is going to need some help and after running into the bounty hunters again, is taken to the prison planet Crematoria to seek out Jack (from the first film) who now calls herself Kyra (Alexa Davalos). Both need to escape before taking on the might of the Necromonger army.

    Although “Flawed” in many ways, you cannot help but be amazed at the stunning special effects, action and rare character development. This is probably the best action Sci-Fi film I have seen in some time and its conclusion is certainly satisfying. This is the director's unrated cut which includes 15 minutes of extras footage and is introduced by the director. Recommended.