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The Chronicles of Riddick

Theatrical release one-sheet
Directed by David Twohy
Produced by Vin Diesel
Written by David Twohy
Starring Vin Diesel
Dame Judi Dench
Thandie Newton
Karl Urban
Nick Chinlund
Colm Feore
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) June 3, 2004
Running time Theatrical Cut:
119 min.
Director's Cut:
135 min.
Language English
Budget $105 million
Gross revenue $115,766,649
Preceded by Dark Fury
Followed by The Chronicles of Riddick: The Underverse
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The Chronicles of Riddick is a 2004 American science fiction / fantasy / thriller film. It is the sequel to Pitch Black. It was directed by David Twohy and stars Vin Diesel, Karl Urban and Judi Dench, with Thandie Newton and Colm Feore. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 404 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (509 × 755 pixel, file size: 66 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or the creator of the work depicted. ... David Neil Twohy (18 October 1955—) is an American movie director and screenwriter. ... Vin Diesel (born Mark Vincent on July 18, 1967 in New York City), is an American actor, writer, director, and producer, known for his muscular physique and deep voice. ... David Neil Twohy (18 October 1955—) is an American movie director and screenwriter. ... Vin Diesel (born Mark Vincent on July 18, 1967 in New York City), is an American actor, writer, director, and producer, known for his muscular physique and deep voice. ... Judi Dench as M in GoldenEye Dame Judi Dench (born December 9, 1934) is a renowned British stage, film and television actress. ... Thandiwe Adjewa Thandie Newton (born 6 November 1972, is a BAFTA Award-winning English actress[1]. // Newton was born in Zambia, to a white English lab technician and artist, Nick Newton, and a Zimbabwean health-care worker, Nyasha. ... Karl-Heinz Urban (born June 7, 1972) is a New Zealand actor. ... Nicholas Chinlund, born November 18, 1961 in New York City, is an actor. ... Colm Feore (born August 22, 1958, at Boston, Massachusetts) is an Canadian-American actor raised in Canada of Irish and Italian extraction. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is a made-for-video animated film set between the films Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Science fantasy is a mixed genre of story which contains some science fiction and some fantasy elements. ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pitch Black (disambiguation). ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... David Neil Twohy (18 October 1955—) is an American movie director and screenwriter. ... Vin Diesel (born Mark Vincent on July 18, 1967 in New York City), is an American actor, writer, director, and producer, known for his muscular physique and deep voice. ... Karl-Heinz Urban (born June 7, 1972) is a New Zealand actor. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA, (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ... Thandiwe Adjewa Thandie Newton (born 6 November 1972, is a BAFTA Award-winning English actress[1]. // Newton was born in Zambia, to a white English lab technician and artist, Nick Newton, and a Zimbabwean health-care worker, Nyasha. ... Colm Feore (born August 22, 1958, at Boston, Massachusetts) is an Canadian-American actor raised in Canada of Irish and Italian extraction. ...


"The Chronicles of Riddick" is the actual name of this film, though Universal has chosen to use it as an overall brand name for anything starring the character Riddick. Consequently, the 2004 re-release of Pitch Black was retitled The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black on the case (though the on-screen title remained the same), the animated short film The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury and the video game prequel / spin off was called The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. For other uses, see Pitch Black (disambiguation). ... The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is a made-for-video animated film set between the films Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. ... Namcos Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games ever made. ... A prequel is a work that portrays events which include the structure, conventions, and/or characters of a previously completed narrative, but occur at an earlier time. ... Escape from Butcher Bay Categories: Computer and video game stubs | 2004 computer and video games | Windows games | Xbox games ...

Contents

Plot

The Chronicles of Riddick centers around the character of Richard B. Riddick from the film Pitch Black. Riddick’s Chronicles opens with a high speed chase on the far-flung ice planet of UV 6. Following the events of Pitch Black, Riddick has been on the run for the last five years, in an attempt to keep his friends Imam and Jack (survivors from Pitch Black) safe. A Bounty hunter named Toombs finds Riddick in exile, and attempts to capture him for a $1.5 million bounty. This attempt ultimately fails, when Riddick steals Toombs’ ship and flies off towards the planet Helion Prime, in search of Imam. In some versions, during transit Riddick is plagued by visions from a character named Shira, who tells Riddick that he is the last of a warrior-race known as Furyans. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...


When Riddick finally does land on Helion Prime in the Islamic District of New Mecca, he confronts Imam - demanding to know why bounty hunters were sent after him, in addition to why Jack is missing. Imam concedes that Jack went looking for Riddick several years ago, and ended up in jail on the planet Crematoria. Imam goes on to introduce Aereon, an air elemental, who arranged for Riddick to be brought to Helion. Aereon explains to Riddick that he is in-fact part of a prophecy which states that a lone Furyan would one day challenge an unstoppable evil force and bring balance to the universe. Aereon reveals that a race known as the Necromongers is the army that the prophecy foretells of. Following this revelation, the Necromonger army attacks Helion Prime, and wipes out the planet’s defenses in one night. Imam is killed in the attack. Riddick later takes on Imam's killer - one of the best among the Necromonger warriors - and defeats him by utilising a knife lodged in the warrior's back. Due to the Necromonger philosophy of "you keep what you kill", the knife becomes Riddick's property. Riddick is later re-captured by the bounty hunter Toombs, and taken to Crematoria.


Riddick is reunited with Jack, who now goes by the name of Kyra. Kyra blames Riddick for leaving her and Imam in New Mecca - but eventually they reconcile. Riddick and Kyra devise a plan to escape the Crematoria prison, and put this plan into motion. By staying out of the light, (which is several hundred degrees in temperature) Riddick and Kyra manage to make it to the starship hangar. Here a Necromonger named Vaako attacks Riddick and ends up taking Kyra hostage. Riddick almost burns to death on the Crematoria surface, but is later saved by a Necromonger who reveals himself to be another Furyan. Riddick flies Toombs’ ship back to Helion Prime, where he intends to rescue Kyra. Riddick arrives too late, however, and Kyra has been converted / brainwashed into believing the Necromonger religion. Enraged, Riddick hurls his knife at the Lord Marshal who catches it with only a slight cut to his right cheek and earlobe. The Lord Marshal comments that it has been a long time since he has seen his own blood and attacks Riddick with a punch in his astral form, powerful enough to knock Riddick backwards. Riddick is no match for the Marshal's unique Necromonger powers and is badly beaten, although he does surprise the Lord Marshal by managing to land several hits.

Riddick sitting on the Necromonger throne.

Before the Lord Marshal can deliver the coup de grace, Kyra stabs the Lord Marshal in the back with a weapon he had just discarded, suggesting that she was faking being brainwashed the whole time or that Riddick snapped her out of it. The Lord Marshal backhands Kyra into a spike on his throne, mortally wounding her. Vaako, sensing an opportunity to vanquish his superior and claim leadership of the Necromonger empire for himself, strikes out at the Lord Marshal, who barely manages to evade the killing blow, only to be positioned directly next to Riddick, who stabs him in the head with a knife (the same knife Riddick "won" from the Necromonger warrior earlier in the film), killing him. Riddick returns to Kyra who confirms that she had always been with him before succumbing to her wounds. As Riddick collapses onto the Necromonger throne, the Necromongers begin to kneel in front of Riddick. Repeating the Necromonger adage "You keep what you kill", Riddick realizes that by delivering the death strike to the Lord Marshal, he is the new leader of their empire. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (852x354, 48 KB)Riddick Penis sitting on the Necromonger throne after killing Lord Marshal in The Chronicles of Riddick. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (852x354, 48 KB)Riddick Penis sitting on the Necromonger throne after killing Lord Marshal in The Chronicles of Riddick. ...

Cast

Actor Role
Vin Diesel Riddick
Colm Feore Lord Marshal
Thandie Newton Dame Vaako
Judi Dench Aereon
Karl Urban Vaako
Alexa Davalos Kyra
Linus Roache Purifier
Yorick van Wageningen The Guv
Nick Chinlund Toombs
Keith David Imam
Christina Cox Eve Logan

Vin Diesel (born Mark Vincent on July 18, 1967 in New York City), is an American actor, writer, director, and producer, known for his muscular physique and deep voice. ... Vin Diesel as Riddick. ... Colm Feore (born August 22, 1958, at Boston, Massachusetts) is an Canadian-American actor raised in Canada of Irish and Italian extraction. ... Thandiwe Adjewa Thandie Newton (born 6 November 1972, is a BAFTA Award-winning English actress[1]. // Newton was born in Zambia, to a white English lab technician and artist, Nick Newton, and a Zimbabwean health-care worker, Nyasha. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA, (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ... Karl-Heinz Urban (born June 7, 1972) is a New Zealand actor. ... Alexa Davalos Alexa Davalos was born in France on May 28, 1982, and is of French and Dutch descent. ... Linus Roache (born February 1, 1964 in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England) is a British actor. ... Nicholas Chinlund, born November 18, 1961 in New York City, is an actor. ... Keith David (born June 4, 1956) is an Emmy Award winning, African-American film, television, and voice actor most known for his roles as Childs in John Carpenters The Thing, Goliath in the cartoon Gargoyles, playing the Arbiter in Halo 2 and Halo 3, as well as voice overs... Christina Cox (born July 31, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian movie and television series actress and stuntwoman. ...

Critics and the box office

The Chronicles of Riddick received poor reviews from film critics, receiving a 28% Fresh rating with an average score of 4.6/10 on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes[1] and an average 38/100 score on MetaCritic[2]. However, it received 6.3/10 on the user reviewed Internet Movie Database[3]. The film performed poorly at the U.S. domestic box office ($57 million), though its total global box office take was $115 million. Total expenses for the film are estimated at $105 million. [1] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... USD redirects here. ...


An Xbox game (The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, later ported to the PC) released simultaneously was very well received, as was the animated short film The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury by Æon Flux director Peter Chung. These have effectively made the whole endeavor a financial win for Universal Studios. The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... Escape from Butcher Bay Categories: Computer and video game stubs | 2004 computer and video games | Windows games | Xbox games ... The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is a made-for-video animated film set between the films Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. ... For other uses, see Æon Flux (disambiguation). ... Peter Chung Peter Kunshik Chung (born April 19, 1961 in Seoul, South Korea, as 정근식 (Cheong Geun-Sik)[1]) is a Korean American animator. ...


The Unrated Director's Cut DVD (featuring scenes which were cut in order to obtain a PG-13 rating) was released on November 16, 2004 and sold 1.5 million copies on the first day alone. Director David Twohy has said that sequel plans depend in large part on the commercial success of the DVD. Vin Diesel has said that there are two sequels in development; the second film will involve a visit to the Underverse. is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sequels

In a March 8, 2006 article on Comingsoon.net, it was reported that Vin Diesel claimed that a sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick was in the works. According to him, he had already written a storyline that covered a trilogy which began with the Chronicles of Riddick. Another article on Comingsoon.net written on March 11, 2005 reports that Vin Diesel states that Chronicles 2 was to deal with The Underverse, while Chronicles 3 was to conclude the series with a return to Furya. is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also

  • The Chronicles of Riddick (series)

The Chronicles of Riddick is a science fiction series, spanning three films and two video games. ...

References

  1. ^ The Chronicles of Riddick on Rotten Tomatoes, <http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_riddick/>. Retrieved on 2007-07-23
  2. ^ The Chronicles of Riddick on MetaCritic, <http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/chroniclesofriddick?q=chronicles%20of%20riddick>. Retrieved on 2007-07-23
  3. ^ The Chronicles of Riddick on The Internet Movie Database, <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0296572/>. Retrieved on 2007-12-01

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  Results from FactBites:
 
The Chronicles of Riddick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2141 words)
Riddick throws Toombs out of the ship and heads to Helion Prime, knowing that there is only one person who could have betrayed him: Imam, whom he saved long ago and who was the only man who knew where Riddick had gone.
Riddick and Toombs on U.V. Imam, working with Aereon (an ambassador from the mysterious and rarefied race known as the Elementals), reveals his reasons for seeking Riddick.
Riddick and company fight desperately, but two of the three prisoners are soon killed, and Riddick himself is knocked out when Vaako fires a blast from an energy gun at him while he is wrestling with a Necromonger soldier.
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