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The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

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.

Director:

David Twohy

Writers:

Jim Wheat (characters), Ken Wheat (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Cross ... Toal (as Roger R. Cross)
Terry Chen ... Merc Pilot
Christina Cox ... Eve Logan
Nigel Vonas ... Merc
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Storyline

Richard Bruno Riddick (Vin Diesel), now a hunted man, finds himself in the middle of two opposing forces in a major crusade. Lord Marshal (Colm Feore) is a warrior priest who is the leader of a sect that is waging the tenth and perhaps final crusade five hundred years in the future. Aereon (Dame Judi Dench) is an ambassador from the Elemental race. She is an ethereal being who helps Riddick unearth his origins. Written by Jade Maxim

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Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pitch Black 2 See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The fight scene between Riddick, the Mercs, and the Necromongers at the ship's hangar on Crematoria was filmed on Vin Diesel's birthday. See more »

Goofs

When Imam is checking if the way is clear for his wife and daughter, directly after the initial Necromonger landing, the debris on the ground around him moves from one shot to the next. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 them, the Lord Marshal. He alone has made a pilgrimage to the gates of the UnderVerse... and returned a different being. Stronger. Stranger. Half alive and half... something else. If we are to survive, a new balance must be found. In normal...
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Crazy Credits

The only opening credit shown in the movie is the title of the film. No cast or crew information is shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

Director's Cut DVD release contains additional scenes and runs for approx 127 minutes. This includes some general alternate/additional footage that was cut from the theatrical versions for pacing and for a PG-13 rating. Additional scenes include:
  • A earlier introduction to Kyra, being forced into one of the empty hellhound cages on cremetoris.
  • The sub-plot of the Furyan energy is completely restored, several instances of these scenes are visible in the trailer for the film but not contained in the theatrical version of the film.
  • Riddick, while in cryo-sleep aboard Toombs' Skif en-route to Helion Prime is approached in a vision by Shirah (Played by Kristin Lehman as in the game "Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay"), and she starts to tell him about Furya before he is interrupted by his arrival at Helion Prime.
  • The Purifier's speech to the captured people of Helion Prime is longer (Director David Twohy on the commentary comments that this is the complete version as originally intended).
  • Vaako and Dame Vaako's discussion about the Lord Marshall being promoted to full death is extended, continuing with him and her discussing his demise and foreplay.
  • After Dame Vaako queries Aereon about Riddick, she discusses what she learns with Vaako over a telepathy/communication with him on the transport.
  • The fight sequences between Riddick and the Necromonger armies on the surface of Crematoria is completely unedited, containing full sound effects of the fight and is more visually brutal.
  • After the fight on the surface of Crematoria, Riddick is surrounded by Necromongers and Vaako is about to shoot him when Shirah re-appears to him and reveals the truth about what happened on Furya, the revelation sending out a blast from Riddick, knocking all the soldiers down and leaving Riddick unconscious - A shot of this "blast" can be seen in the trailer.
  • The ending is more abrupt, Riddick says "you keep what you kill" instead of Vaako, and Aereon's voice-over is not included.
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A matter of taste
9 April 2005 | by sonofnobSee all my reviews

Just had fun watching TCOR and am pretty happy about it. Good action, great visual stuff. A worthy successor to Pitch Black, though the two films are hardly related. Vin Diesel does a good and convincing job at playing an action antihero. As usual, Judy Dench adds to the film, even though her role is small here. The story is pure pulp SF and is short and predictable but is refreshingly dark and (mostly) unsentimental. It actually also has some interesting bits and nice side stories as a (smallish) bonus. Bits and pieces have been copied from Dune, without the film being a Dune copy. Compared to Dune, TCOR has more action and fewer Lynch oddities & boring bits. In my book, both films are good, about equally so.

Reading some of the other reviews, it seems that people are fairly polarized in their opinions of this film. Like most pulp science fiction, it takes a different sort of suspension of belief from that which makes usual films work. However, the action makes it a fair bit easier, and I found it a lot more engrossing and convincing than any of the five (ridiculous but entertaining) Star Wars films, the uniformly unwatchable Star Trek stuff, or, for that matter, most blockbusting light entertainments. But that is just me. If you hate Dune, exaggerated action scenes, or (minor) plot inconsistencies, then you probably won't like this film. Otherwise, chances are good that you will.


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