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The Chronicles of Riddick: Unrated Director's Cut [2004]

Director:David Twohy
Writer:David Twohy
Composer:Graeme Revell
Length:134 minutes
(2 hours 14 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:29%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: 5 years after Pitch Black, the wanted criminal Riddick arrives on a planet called Helion Prime, and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe.

Reaction: Not as intense as the first one, but the story is much richer. Just sit back and have fun.

Personal Rating: 7/10

David Twohy => Director / Writer
Graeme Revell => Composer
Alexa Davalos => Kyra
Alexander Kalugin => Slam Boss
Alexis Llewellyn => Ziza
Christina Cox => Eve Logan
Colm Feore => Lord Marshal
Judi Dench => Aereon
Karl Urban => Vaako
Keith David => Imam
Kim Hawthorne => Lajjun
Kristin Lehman => Shirah (director's cut)
Linus Roache => Purifier
Mark Acheson => Slam Guard
Mark Gibbon => Irgun
Nick Chinlund => Toombs
Roger R. Cross => Toal
Thandiwe Newton => Dame Vaako
Vin Diesel => Riddick
Yorick van Wageningen => The Guv

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • According to the Newcastle (Australia) Herald, Australian Rhiana Griffith auditioned to reprise her role of "Jack" from Pitch Black (renamed "Kyra" for The Chronicles of Riddick). It came down to top-level auditions. Vin Diesel was behind Griffith but told her she had to "toughen up". Griffith got a trainer and learned kickboxing but only had three weeks to prepare for auditions. Alexa Davalos got the role. Griffith did give her voice to The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, the animated short which is intended to bridge the years between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick.
  • Vin Diesel wanted Judi Dench to play Aereon, and went to great lengths to get her. A long-time fan of Dench, he had her dressing room filled with bouquets of flowers, and also advised her that they could not begin casting the movie until she agreed to accept the role.
  • After the original Pitch Black proved a success on DVD, Universal became interested in making a sequel. Writer/director David Twohy wrote the screenplays for not one, but three sequels. He and Vin Diesel put them into separate leather binders and presented them to Universal, along with the key for the first binder.
  • The fight scene between Riddick, the Mercs, and the Necromongers at the ship's hangar on Crematoria was filmed on Vin Diesel's birthday.
  • Linus Roache originally auditioned for the part of Vaako, but David Twohy immediately saw him instead as the Purifier.
  • Doing a stunt on the set for Planet UV6, Nick Chinlund accidentally swallowed one of his fake teeth.
  • Originally "Rated R for violence" as was the first film Pitch Black, this film was envisioned as a PG-13 rated film. Universal appealed the original R-rating, but was not successful. The film was later edited down from the R and was given a "PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action and some language".
  • Toomb's line regarding Crematoria, "If I owned this place and Hell, I'd rent this place out and live in Hell," is paraphrased from an infamous quote General Phil Sheridan made during post-Civil War Reconstruction, in which he said "If I owned Hell and Texas, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell."
  • The Purifier's line, "I've done unbelievable things in the name of a faith that was never my own," was not originally in the script. It was improvised by Linus Roache and David Twohy kept it in the film.
  • Keith David worked for a total of 12 days to complete his part in the film.