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The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  11 June 2004 (USA)
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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.



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Riddick, now a hunted man, finds himself in the middle of two opposing forces in a major crusade. Colm Feore plays Lord Marshal, a warrior priest who is the leader of a sect that is waging the tenth and perhaps final crusade 500 years in the future. Judi Dench is Aereon, an ambassador from the Elemental race. She is an ethereal being who helps Riddick unearth his origins. Written by Jade Maxim

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Pitch Black's darkest star is back. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pitch Black 2  »

Box Office


$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,289,165 (USA) (11 June 2004)


$21,955,779 (Europe) (17 September 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Twohydecided not to set "The Chronicles of Riddick" again on the desert planet which Riddick, Imam and Jack had escaped from at the end of "Pitch Black" and again make a deadly encounter with that planet's flesh eating alien creatures. David Twohy wanted to create for the character of Riddick a mythology and decided to have Riddick go up against The Necromongers. See more »


A surface with a 700F surface, would not have shade cool enough to safely stand in. Even the underground prison would be uninhabitable. Also parts of the ground would be molten. See more »


[first lines]
Aereon: They are an army unlike any other... crusading across the stars toward a place called UnderVerse, their promised land - a constellation of dark new worlds. Necromongers, they're called. And if they cannot convert you, they will kill you. Leading them, the Lord Marshal. He alone has made a pilgrimage to the gates of the UnderVerse... and returned a different being. Stronger. Stranger. Half alive and half... something else. If we are to survive, a new balance must be found. In normal...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are displayed over extreme close-ups of elaborate Necromonger sculpture. Eventually the sculpture is revealed to be a statue of Riddick sitting in the Lord Marshall's throne. See more »


Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: The Elements and Witchcraft (2013) See more »

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User Reviews

6.1 is a strange result
19 April 2005 | by (Ayrshire, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is one weird rating from all the fine subscribers to IMDb. For the first time in, my albeit limited experience, the previously flawless rating system has, in my opinion, got it way wrong.

This movie is almost superb. Kind of LOTR meets Star Wars, with more humour (intentional British spelling by the way).

The direction, special effects, plot, music, screenplay, cast performance, and entertainment value are all truly fabulous! I suspect that those who went to see it had decided beforehand that it would be rubbish in the way of a self-fulfilling prophecy. That does sound a bit smug, but this film is way, way better than 6.1! It will be something of a travesty if Riddick and Pitch Black before it, are not built on with the other, previously planned, releases.

If you haven't seen it, please do so - enter uncommitted and leave smiling knowing that you spent a good $ or £ or whatever! Don H.

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