The Chronicles of Riddick

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Running Time:  119 min.
Release Date: June 11, 2004
DVD: November 16, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 3.58
based on 25668 votes and 82 reviews
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Cast: Vin Diesel, Thandie Newton, Karl Urban, Colm Feore, Linus Roache, Keith David, Yorick Van Wageningen, Alexa Davalos, Judi Dench


Riddick (Vin Diesel) has spent the last five years on the move among the forgotten worlds on the outskirts of the galaxy, eluding mercenaries bent on collecting the price on his head. Now, the fugitive finds himself on planet Helion, home to a progressive multicultural society that has been invaded by the Lord Marshal, a despot who targets humans for subjugation with his army of warriors known as Necromongers.

Exiled to a subterranean prison where extremes of temperature range from arctic nights to volcanic days, Riddick encounters Kyra, the lone survivor from an earlier chapter in his life. His efforts to free himself and Kyra lead him to the Necromonger command ship, where he is pitted against the Lord Marshal in an apocalyptic battle with possibly the fate of all beings -- both living and dead -- hanging in the balance.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Director: David Twohy
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Vin Diesel, Scott Kroopf
Screenplay: David Twohy
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  • 5 stars "The more I watch this movie, the more I like it. It´s much more sophisticated than it seems. Vin Diesel is irresistible in this film!"
  • 4 stars "It would be even better if it was more cruel and dark. The best part is that one on the prison planet Crematoria. Also the chemistry between Riddick and his rival, the merc Toombs, works great. The weird worlds are creative, reminding darker and more cynical Star Wars."
  • 4 stars "Vin Diesel can´t act? :D And how exactly should one play cynical, slightly psychopatic escaped convict? Diesel was born for this role! Riddick is equaly iconic character as Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. One certainly doesn´t need to have elastic face like Jim Carrey for this kind of role. Rather the opposite."