The Chronicles of Riddick
The Chronicles of Riddick ★★ Pitch Black 2: Chronicles of Riddick 2004 (PG-13)
Riddick (of “Pitch Black” fame) is back in this overstuffed compilation of cliched space shenanigans. The fascist Necromongers, led by Lord Marshall (Feore), have one edict: join us or we destroy your planet. Dame Judi Dench goes slumming as an ethereal prophetess named Aereon, who predicts that Riddick (Diesel again) will once again (if reluctantly) be a big hero. Diesel scowls a lot and then goes about saving the galaxy with a lot of big battles but not much gore given the MPAA rating. All acting is subordinate to the action anyway, but Newton swans about nicely as a devious wife who thinks her hubby (Urban) should be head creep. 119m/C VHS, DVD, UMD, HD DVD . US Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton, Colm Feore, Karl Urban, Linus Roache, Nicholas Chinlund, Keith David, Alexa Davalos, Yorick Van Wageningen; D: David N. Twohy; W: David N. Twohy; C: Hugh Johnson; M: Graeme Revell.