The Chronicles of Riddick

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 times, evil would be fought by good. But in times like these, well, it should be fought by another kind of evil. – Aereon. Once again a opening monologue and a fierce vast battle hooks its teeth into your attentions and has your eyes glued to the screen.

It’s been five years since the events of Pitch Black, and Riddick (Vin Diesel) ,turning from the undisclosed criminal ways mentioned in Pitch Black has moved into isolation.  However when  bounty hunter Toombs (Nick Chinlund) and gang manage to track him down Riddick come out of hiding to find only other person who knew of his whereabouts Muslim cleric Imam (Keith david).  Finding Imam happily married with a kid in tow Riddick learns that the other survivor, a young girl named “Jack,” is now in prison, after trying to hunt down Riddick.  Informed by the mysterious Aereon (Judi Dench), that super race of beings known as the Necromongers are taking over the universe.  Led by Lord Marshal (Colm Feore) and his right-hand man Vaako (Karl Urban), Necromongers seek only to convert or to destroy.   Riddick, a Furyan, the only race ever to stand up to the Necromongers is the only one to stop them.  However Riddick  wants nothing to do with this battle and consequently sets off Jack who now goes by the name of Kyra (Alexa Davlos).

In this sequel you get some story on Riddick’s back ground, pulled from a seemingly throw away comment in Pitch Black “..start out in some liquor store trash bin with an umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.. ”  this is expanded into a interesting back story into Riddick’s origins. No  long drawn out flash back or cut scene instead it allows for the characters to tell drip feed the audience the information, and only in the amounts needed for this story, not needing to set up or describe any mythology.   Full of amazing profanity, women are seen in revealing  form-fitting attire, violence and gore in abundance with people being burned to a disintegrating crisp, decapitation’s and loads of hand to hand over the top fighting.  The humor as before works with the scene and isn’t for the sake of laughs.

My Rating: C+
Format: Download iTunes
I Would buy this Movie

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