The Chronicles Of Riddick
Run Time: 135 minutes
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel
DVD Release: February 8, 2005
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Vin Diesel reprises his role as anti-hero Richard B. Riddick in David Twohy's sci-fi action sequel to Pitch Black. In the film, Riddick is sought out as the only hope in fighting the universe-destroying army of Necromongers which seek to convert or kill all human life. The Chronicles of Riddick is fairly fast-paced and provides more background information into Riddick’s past and why he is the man he has become. Although a little confusing at times with much planet-hopping and the introduction of a large number of characters, the film succeeds at entertaining through its impressive visual design and violent action. Fans of Vin Diesel are sure to love his tough-guy performance reminiscent of other action greats and complete with cheesy one-liners.
The unrated director's cut DVD adds 15 minutes of footage not included in the theatrical release to the film. Twohy dramatically claims in an introduction to the film that the extra footage causes jumps in the picture but these were unnoticeable in multiple viewings of the DVD. Also included on the DVD are deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes tour, audio commentary, and more. [Paul Ludington]