Chronicles of Riddick

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  1. Dominus

    Dominus Acolyte of Cainism

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    I really enjoyed Pitch Black (just rented it again as a refresher..and to copy it) and though this movie looks like it veers quite sharply away from the original, it looks very, very cool. One of the best things about Riddick is that he's an anti-hero, something Hollywood doesn't do much (note: I haven't seen every movie), it's mostly either good guys with some vigilante in them, or bad guys that do bad stuff, but not horrid stuff, so you still like them, Riddick, though, does good things, but usually only because they serve some purpose for him, which will be interesting to see how that works in this movie. The Sci-Fi Channel is doing an in-depth look at it this Wed., which should be cool as they have interviews with the cast and crew and get to see more previews. Anyway, definitely looks like this is a movie I'm going to dig.
     
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    I saw a trailer on Monday when I went to see Troy....sorry, I got distracted there remembering the fine display of men. Anyway, I thought it looked awful. I have never seen a Vin Diesel film, as I am too chicken to watch Pitch Black,and the others looked a bit pants. The chronicles did not look like it had much in the way of plot. And Dame Judy in a sci fi flick...that's just odd. (she wasn't one of the ladies in Dune was she?!)

    All that said. I'd be interested to know what the general view is.
     
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    JRMurdock Where have I been?

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    I'm anxious to see it though it does have the possibility of being a 'Battlefield Earth' with lots of effects, big name actors, and little plot.

    And Pitch Black really wasn't that scary. It was good, but predictable.
     
  4. Mithfânion

    Mithfânion Lord of the Wild Hunt

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    I thought Pitch Black was pretty good, one of the best SF films I've seen. (that isn't saying much of course). Still, an SF movie which gets my overall rating of 7 out of 10 is rare. I saw an early trailer for CoR and it actually looks better; what were these humongous statues we saw?

    Yes, I'm quite looking forward to this one.
     
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    JRMurdock Where have I been?

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    The humungous statues, if I'm interperting correclty, are monuments on worlds these people are destorying.
     
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    I've had my appetite whetted for ages by the trailers....never heard of the first one, "Pitch Black," would I need to see it first to understand everything?
     
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    Probably not. The movie was sorta like Aliens/Starship Troopers. Not much in terms of storyline. We are introduced to Riddick who is a criminal/prisoner on board the ship. People just found his character really cool I guess, which is why they made this new movie.
     
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    I sort of guessed it was a vehicle for Vin Diesel.

    David Twohy's films are a guilty pleasure for me. A identify him in the same lineage of b-movie directors as John Carpenter. I enjoyed Pitch Black, despite the fact that it was a little formulaic and the riddled with dodgy science - a planet with three suns would be torn a part by gravity; and creatures like that really would not evolve on a planet with such conditions. I liked the fact it wasn't just Americans in space with the haj and all. I also enjoyed Below, which was a well structured ghost story on a WWII submarine. I'll certainly see Riddick but I'm nervous -- this is Twohy's first big budget movie and I'm hoping he doesn't loose some of the elements I liked in his earlier low budget, "b-movie" efforts.
     
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    I decided to be brave and watch Pitch Black which I thoroughly enjoyed. Will be interested to see how the Chronicles of Riddick compares. Big Budget does not usually equal any good though.... And I can see the original idea running out of steam pretty quickly.
     
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    saintjon Illustrious Gambler

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    I dunno, part of riddick's appeal in Pitch Black was that he was this killer with creepy eyes, nothing too special, just some violent dude who winds up stranded in the middle of nowhere, in this movie they've got him (in the trailer at least) in the middle of some huge pogrom, swinging on ropes in front of walls of fire and such like, I dunno, it seems like they yanked him completely out of his idiom or something, if that makes sense. I just have doubts that he'll work in the middle of an epic sort of storyline. whatever, my buddy's gone to see it tonight, I'll pick his brain about it :D.
     
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    The Word IS...DUMB!

    Not even the special effects could save this very dumb movie. For a group of super powerful invaders, The Necromongers were a sad lot. This prophecy of the last Fury, made me cringe in my seat. Dame Dench was wasted as the air elemental seeress, Vin Diesel gave his normal one note performance and the rest,fah!

    I was in the mood for a dumb movie, but not this dumb! The names of the planets were a hoot! Cremortia(sp?) sounded like some type dehydrated coffee creamer. In these type of cowboy movies, I don't expect alot sense, but at least, stay consistant.

    Riddick suddenly had the ability to calm a raging beast, which I understand was suppose to be some type of joke or something. The final fight between Riddick and the Field Marshall was weak and drawn out. Maybe I should stop watching these SFX movies and stick with more 'real' movies, though not before I see Spiderman 2 :D !
     
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    milamber_reborn Barcelona!

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    Haven't seen the movie, and I thought Pitch Black was good but far from great.

    One good thing to come out it though is a very game. One of the best movie-to-game adaptions for some time.
     
  13. Dominus

    Dominus Acolyte of Cainism

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    Actually, the best if you go by some magazines. Xbox Mag gave it a 9 something, which is unheard of for movie-game. I'll probably pick it up when I return my Python films.
     
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    I knew it!!!! Pah, big budgets = no one bothering with the script or plot. So I won't bother watching it on the big screen!
     
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    Dominus Acolyte of Cainism

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    Well, just got back from seeing it, and I thought it was awesome. :) The Necromongers had a really cool visual style to them, Jack/Kyra was really hot, the fights were awesome, and it was overall just really, really cool. I was entertained, so I didn't really care about the lacking plot or whatnot, it's not like I expected it to be some groundbreaking classic or something. Anyway, I hope they make another one. :)
     
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    I think you would enjoy Pitch Black over Chronicles, Big E.

    I thought Chronicles was ok. Good mindless fun. I did like the characters of Krya and Riddick. The villians were blah, however.
     
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    I really liked this movie - it was cool - I only just watched Pitch Black so I knew the details of it before going and seeing Riddick and it was worth it just for those awesome ships and armour - I mean how awesome did they look - that and Karl Urban was in it so I was happy :)

    It's true that it is good mindless fun :)
     
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    Not out here in the UK for a few more weeks yet, but I understand that this has done very badly in the US - not quite as bad as Catwoman, but still very bad. I understand that there are plans for a trilogy, though whether that now happens I would think is under debate. I have a feeling it won't even make up the money on DVD sales, though I could be wrong.

    According to the latest SFX Magazine there were people who walked out of the press screening; they tried to give it a good review, but couldn't. (If you were looking at target audience I guess they would be them!)

    The TV adverts are doing some heavy rotation here - looks very Dune-ish to me, but far too much CGI and dodgy dialogue for my liking; Judi Dench looks very out of place.

    Though I thought the original Pitch Black here was OK, it was very much done on the cheap, and no more than that. (Mono's summed up my view quite nicely, I think.) They've rereleased the DVD here to tie in with the new movie and included the first 9 minutes of the new film as an extra. Not sure if this trend is a good thing or a bad thing myself.

    Looking forward to The Village and HellBoy more myself - even Sky Captain, so may give this one a miss...

    Hobbit
     
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    ....but I've managed to find a positive review here so I thought I'd pass it on. MAY BE SPOILERS there though.

    Hobbit
     
  20. Sparhawke

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    Haven't seen the film yet, wondering if I should out of principle; show my support for the space-opera and general sci-fan genre. If Riddick isn't "all of that" (as we say down t' hood) maybe at least the trend of making genre films will continue and somebody will make a good 'un.

    A little theory about why some of these films fall down. It's the music! The laboured classical instrumental stuff affects the vibe of the film. You wouldn't hear that kind of stuff in Pitch Black. Not just the music but what it represents, the weightiness, the pretension...

    I liked Pitch Black, and I thought the mentions of Mercs, Brigs, and a rather grotty universe in general were good concepts for further movies to elaborate upon (never suspected it would come to pass but).

    Perhaps though Pitch Black worked for its understatement. I'll probably rent Riddick when possible in the meantime...