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June 30, 2004



Thandie Newton and Karl Urban are the thin line between watchability and total suckage. A bit odd to see Urban without his Eomer on. Ain't It Cool News reviews The Chronicles of Riddick.

I hate the baroque design of the universe in this film. I kept thinking that the film looked like Tatapoulos and the other designers got struck with a Schumachrian dose of Anton Furst wunder-envy whilst hanging out in Vegas and flipping through a book of Michelangelo’s sketches regarding the human body. When Riddick is taken into the head Necromonger’s ship… and he is asked by that bad actress from BELOVED and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 what he thinks of the place, and retorts with, “I’d of gone another way,” I was thinking… NO S***.


Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 30, 2004 08:57 AM

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Am I the only one who thinks of boxer Riddick Bo every time I hear/see an ad for this movie?

Posted by: Chris Taylor at June 30, 2004 11:51 AM

I agree with the full review that the artistic design is like an over-the-top version of that in David Lynch's Dune (I assume that's the Dune film the reviewer had in mind). In Dune it works because it fits with the underlying concepts of its universe, but in Riddick it seems that they took the superficial look merely for its own sake, which is guaranteed to make it fall flat.

The theme music strikes me as borrowing from Lynch's Dune and Burton's Planet of the Apes too.

Chris: Bo who??? ;-)

Posted by: Varenius at June 30, 2004 03:52 PM