By Hervé St-Louis
Jun 27, 2004 - 11:43
The Chronicles of Riddick is the second chapter in what studio executives at Universal Pictures would probably spin into a strong franchise. The story picks up five years after the movie Pitch Black where many first caught a glimpse of Vin Diesel. Only Riddick, played by Diesel stands against the fundamentalist Necromongers conquest of New Mecca, a religious haven.
Besides the obvious genre and the lip service to the current religious overtones present in our world, this film tries to expand the territory it covers by forging strong back stories for several characters, on both side of the war. The cast is impressive, although Diesel has the habit of distracting people and ending suspense of disbelief with his short and annoying sound bite quips.
Visually, the crew set to create a new universe. They succeeded. It’s grandiose and creative, while not too reminiscent of Stargate or Star Wars. There were several settings to explore and the photography in each worked quite well. A short animated prequel is also available which should clear up some of the confusing continuity. This film is open ended. Expect another sequel.