Okay, bare with me here. I know that Chronicles of Riddick isn’t exactly considered one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time, but it wasn’t as bad as most folk make out.
Granted, maybe that’s because I actually liked the movie. Yes, you read that last sentence right. I actually liked Chronicles of Riddick. But wait there’s more outrage coming your way; outrage that might just blow your mind: I actually liked it better than Pitch Black.
You hate me right about now, don’t you? Give me a chance, I’ll explain.
Pitch Black was a good very good movie, but I saw it more as a way to introduce the Riddick character. In a movie which firstly firmly places Riddick as the antagonist and the survivors of the shuttle crash as antagonists, then against the creatures of the plane, it can’t be denied that throughout the movie the focus mostly stays upon Riddick; he’s the stand out character, the anti-hero modern movie audiences have grown to love.
Therefore, it becomes perfectly understandable the second movie be based solely upon him.
The thing I loved most about Chronicles of Riddick was the universe they managed to craft based upon Pitch Black. The Necromongers aside, the cultures, myths and people (I especially liked the lead bounty hunter character) were very well crafted and I even believe with a little more time to develop the concept would’ve at least been passable. The problem was the movie had to cover a lot of ground.
However, judging by the concept art recently shared by Vin Diesel himself on Facebook and the recently released synopsis; it certainly sounds and looks like we’ll be getting the best of both worlds.
As for the synopsis (via Bloody Disgusting):
Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.
Also, it has been confirmed that Karl Urban will return to his role as Vaako, the would-be usurper to the Necromonger crown in Chronicles of Riddick.
That is an interesting move on Urban’s part, considering his relative star power he’s gained since the second in the trilogy.
What do you think? Love the Chronicles of Riddick or hate it? Looking forward to the third movie or will you avoid it like the plague? Please let me know in the comments section below!
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