Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)

Director: Peter Chung

Writers: David Twohy, Brett Matthews

Composers: Tobias Enhus, Machine Head, Christopher Mann

Starring: Vin Diesel, Rhiana Griffith, Keith David, Roger Jackson, Tress MacNeille, Nick Chinlund, Dwight Schultz, Sarge, Julia Fletcher, Hedy Burress, Andrew Philpot, Rick Gomez

More info: IMDb

Plot: After escaping from a desert planet, Escaped convict Richard B. Riddick and his two companions, Jack and Imam are captured by a crew of bounty hunters of the vessel "Kublah-Khan" commanded by a imperial woman named Antonia Chillingsworth and her chief henchman Junner. Riddick discovers Chillingsworth has her own museum on-board and she collects the galaxy's most-wanted criminals and instead of delivering them to penal colonies and claiming the bounty, Chillingsworth turns them into living statues and Riddick has become the latest addition to her collection.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

At 35 minutes long it's hard to not get bored.  It's a neat little adventure that feels like it's a TV episode.  I'm sure fans would've eaten that shit up lickety-split.  The voice work is good and there are a handful of really nice animation. If it had been live action the characters' outfits wouldn't be as outrageous as they were.  I guess there's more leeway when animation is thrown into the mix. Still, it's a groovy follow-up to PITCH BLACK (2000) that doesn't add anything of substance to the character of Riddick but it provides an easy half hour of sci-fi action that will satisfy fans of the first film.  Now on to CHRONICLES...

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