The Chronicles of Riddick also known as “Pitch Black 2”
Reviewed by: Vicki Ross
Sci-Fi Action Adventure Thriller
1 hr 59 min.
Year of Release:
June 11, 2004 (wide)
T he story opens as Riddick (Vin Diesel), five years after getting off of the desert planet in Pitch Black, is being chased by a group of mercenaries. The group’s intention is to return Riddick to Helion Prime, where his ability to escape certain death will be used to combat the Necromongers—a race of people dedicated (through “mind regression”) to their Lord Marshal (Colm Feore), a “Holy Half-Dead,” who is quite a powerful being. The Necromongers refer to the Underverse, which is appropriately named, as the Necromongers are quite an evil race, converting people or killing them in the name of their “faith.”
Action and intrigue ensue as Riddick attends to personal business (finding “Jack”) while doing his best to avoid being captured. Power-hungry Dame Vaako and her husband, Lord Vaako, play a big role in this movie as they work to determine Riddick’s importance to Lord Marshal.
This film contains some profanity (mostly s**t, also a**, 1-2 f-words), and the name of the Lord is used in vain a few times. The film contains moderate to heavy violence and a couple of gruesome deaths (showing that too much sun can indeed kill you). The violence isn’t bloody. The film contains no sex/nudity, only a few innuendos and several women dressed in snug-fitting clothes.
The camera work in this film during the fight scenes makes it quite difficult to actually see what is happening. The special effects are quite good; the acting is average. Thandie Newton is not very convincing in her role as Dame Vaako. Karl Urban has such presence in his role as Lord Vaako.
The film contains a good reference to life after death and a reference to faith: Per the Holy Man: “There will be an afterlife for me; what will there be for you?”
The only way to eternal life is through Jesus Christ: “And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth” [John 17:3, NLT]
On the subject of faith, a Helion Prime man refuses to trade his faith (Lord Marshal says “Convert or Die”) and dies for it. “Remain faithful, even when facing death” [Rev 2:10]
In summary, this is an entertaining action flick with a good story line. It is much better than its predecessor Pitch Black.
Violence: Moderate /Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: None
Read our review of Pitch Black 1