MPAA: PG-13 for Intense Sequences of Violent Action and some Language.
Certification: USA:R (original rating) /USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating)
In normal times, evil should be fought by good. But in times like this, well, it should be fought by another kind of evil. --- Aereon
The further adventures of Riddick (Vin Diesel) continue five years later, as the escaped convict with the ability to see in the dark finds himself caught in the middle of a galactic war between two opposing forces, with the key figure being the Lord Marshal (Colm Feore), the leader of a sect called the Necromongers waging the "10th Crusade" in the 26th century. Helping Riddick is Aereon (Judi Dench), the Ambassador of the "Elemental" race, who helps Riddick unearth the secrets of his origin and Kyra (Alexa Davalos), who has grown up since Riddick knew her as a preteen girl in the first movie. Attempting to free himself and Kyra from a subterranean prison, Riddick ends up on board the Necromonger flagship, where he gets his chance to face off against the Lord Marshal in a battle over the future of all beings in the galaxy, both living... and dead.
WARNING: Spoilers Included!!! Intended for those who have already seen the movie!
Rating (on a 10.0 scale): 5.5
Unlike most people, I think that Vin Diesel is actually a decent actor. So when I heard about Chronicles, I was excitedly looking forward to the movie. Unfortunately, I was thoroughly disappointed to find a movie with such terrible use of characters, thin plot, and terrible attention to detail.
- Why include an entire race and show us one being from that race? If the Elementals were that important, why didn't we see more of them? And why did Kyra have to die? I mean what a waste of a good sex scene in the next movie!
- I will admit, I kind of liked the Necromongers. The gunmetal shine of their armour, the blaring scars on their necks, and way their fighters connected to the mothership, kept me entertained. But the plot was much weaker than expected. Probably from the inclusion of the elemental Aereon. Something, anything could have been done to remedy Aereon. Just a bad move on the writer's part, if you ask me.
- This may just be a huge thing for me, but how come the air is cool enough to breathe when a 700+ degree radiation storm is passing by? Just wondering...
I must say my favorite part had to be when Riddick finds out that most Furions (his race of people) have been forced to become Necromongers. The Purifier (a Furion) tells Riddick of this, slowly taking off his Necromonger jewelry, then encourages Riddick to go and defeat the Lord Marshal. After the request, the Purifier promptly commits suicide by walking out into the 700+ radiation storm on Cremetoria. As he walks away, you can actually see the different layers of flesh melt away until only his skeleton remains.
Writing credits (WGA):
Jim Wheat (characters)&
Ken Wheat (characters)
David Twohy (written by)
Cast (in credits order) complete:
Vin Diesel .... Riddick
Colm Feore .... Lord Marshal
Thandie Newton .... Dame Vaako
Judi Dench .... Aereon
Karl Urban .... Vaako
Alexa Davalos .... Kyra
Linus Roache .... Purifier
Yorick van Wageningen .... The Guv
Nick Chinlund .... Toombs
Keith David .... Imam
Mark Gibbon .... Irgun
Roger R. Cross .... Toal
Christina Cox .... Eve Logan
Vin Diesel .... producer
Ted Field .... executive producer
Scott Kroopf .... producer
David Womark .... executive producer
George Zakk .... executive producer
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