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The Chronicles of Riddick Synopsis
Riddick is sort of a sequel to Pitch Black, the story of a crashed prison barge on a dangerous planet of man-eating buggers who have an aversion to light. On the ship is a condemned criminal named Riddick, of undetermined species, but with the useful ability to see really well in the absence of light. People die, but Riddick escapes, leading us to this pseudo-sequel picking up Riddick’s tale years after he survives the first film.
What Chronicles of Riddick looks to offer is what the advertisements for Starship Troopers promised all those years ago and didn’t even come close to delivering on: Epic, adult, world spanning space adventure. It hopes to deliver hardcore Science-Fiction that for once, if we’re lucky, won’t involve obligatory time travel. But beyond sharing a main character, it holds little in common with the first film, which while entertaining sci-fi, was hardly a galaxy trotting adventure. The main character may be the same, but expect just about everything else to be totally different.
What I hope to find is an R-rated Star Wars, Dune if someone had ever managed to make a decent adaptation out of Frank Herbert’s original masterworks (which they haven’t). For me, this is a chance to see someone properly revitalize epic sci-fi which has so recently been badly overshadowed by the fantasy revolution sparked by Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. For Riddick’s bald-headed anti-hero Vin Diesel, it’s a chance to breathe a little more life into a somewhat lagging career that once held nearly unlimited promise.
Maybe that’s a bit much to expect of such a CGI-centric film, which no doubt will suffer all the same problems that most CGI-driven films do: It doesn’t look very real. CGI sucks and there’s no getting around it. Name a film which has gotten CGI right and I bet it will be Lord of the Rings. Riddick won’t reach those levels, that much is clear from the trailer. Like the recent Star Wars movies it appears to be almost wholly reliant on fat guys eating chips and swilling coke in front of a computer to create its more visual thrills. That’s fine in moderation, but Chronicles of Riddick is a summer blockbuster and as such cannot afford moderation.