Compiled by: Jack Foley
VIN Diesel reprises his star-making Pitch
Black role, of enigmatic anti-hero Richard B Riddick, in the
new science fiction action-adventure epic, The Chronicles of Riddick.
But while some reviews rave about the look of the film, US critics
largely seem to have emerged disappointed.
The Chicago Tribune, for instance, wrote that the
tightness of the Pitch Black horror-movie structure has been replaced
by sprawl and lots of back story, geography and interstellar politics.
While the Los Angeles Times wrote: "Weighted down
with money, pretension and Diesel's tenuous importance - and not
enough story, story, story - the follow-up to Pitch Black inverts
nearly everything that made the first film an effective-enough
Entertainment Weekly wrote if off, merely, as mostly
a ponderous chronicle, and the New York Times lamented that
in bodybuilding terms, this overmuscled sequel to Pitch
Black is all bulk and no definition.
Worse still was the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which
declared that it is a sci-fi disaster on a par with the
notorious John Travolta bomb Battlefield Earth.
On the subject of that notorious Travolta travesty, the San
Jose Mercury News wrote that, in terms of idiotic, incoherent
plot progression, David Twohy's spacey follow-up is in a class
by itself. Think John Travolta's Battlefield Earth and then drop
a couple of rungs.
There were some positive reviews, however, with the Dallas
Morning News describing it as an enjoyably pulpy sci-fi
saga that has rough patches.
And the Hollywood Report Card felt that aside from
a sticky clunky beginning, in which the audience must be taught
the rules of this sci-fi adventure, the film shows great discipline
in pace and intensity.
JoBlos Movie Emporium, meanwhile, stated of Vin
Diesels Riddick, he's the ultimate badass with the
ultimate chip on his shoulder and I couldn't get enough of him.
And Arizona Republic declared that The Chronicles
of Riddick is many things, but it's never dull.
But, in the main, the big guns existed to shoot it down.
Variety opined that The Chronicles of Riddick may
not quite gain entry to the hallowed pantheon of interstellar
cheese of a Battlefield Earth, but it's not far behind.
While the Hollywood Reporter felt that it is an
overstuffed, ponderous affair that sends its anti-hero on an epic
excursion into dullsville.
The Philadelphia Inquirer lamented that it bears
no resemblance to the movie that spawned its namesake.
And USA Today concluded that the movie is less than
two hours but feels three times as long.
Of hope to sci-fi fans rooting for another Twohy/Diesel classic,
however, is the final word, from About.com, which stated
that the film is a Star Wars for grown-ups, with the complexities
of Lord of the Rings and the serial adventure quality of Indiana
UK audiences can decide for themselves when the film opens in