Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Riddick Retrospective: THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
The Chronicles Of Riddick
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Thandie Newton, Alexa Davalos, Keith David, Colm Feore, Judi Dench, Linus Roache
You made three mistakes. First, you took the job. Second, you came light. A four man crew for me? Fucking insulting. But the worst mistake you made...empty gun rack.
Where to begin...
After some success boosting Vin Diesel along the way to superstardom, there was leverage to revisit he and Twohy's Riddick character again. This time in a proposed trilogy. What they wound up with was ambition of colossal proportions and a film that almost could have been a trilogy itself. The film is covers far too much ground and lays down an abundance of exposition. A sequel to Pitch Black? Far from. In terms of considering this film as a sequel to that film, then its actually quite terrible as it loses all the simplicity and realism that made that one tick. The is a jump off the deep end in comparison.
Let's first start with this film's look. It has an overabundance of obvious CGI dominating it. Whereas Pitch Black was very practical and light and discreet on its CG, Chronicles lays everything on it. Visually this is like going from A New Hope to Attack of the Clones. Most of this expanded universe looks and feels fake to me. Its impressive during some times, but never feels like there is any weight to anything.
Did this feel like David Lynch's Dune to anybody else? That film was also had an encyclopedia to read at the beginning of the film as well. And there were people with glowing blue eyes. The costuming, planets, plot and the like all felt very knock off. Another knock off in this one is the MacBeth storyline between Karl Urban and Thandie Newton. I didn't mind that as much though. I enjoy both actors and Newton was absolutely killing it in this movie. Overlooked, I'm sure because this film isn't well liked, but she deserves some credit. There's one thing to ape and borrow, but try not to be so obvious about it, guys :)
Up Next: Katee Sackoff joins the Riddickverse for RIDDICK