The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
Frequently Asked Questions
Escaped convict Richard Riddick (Vin Diesel) is lured to the planet Helion Prime by Imam Abu al-Walid (Keith David) with whom he was marooned five years ago on a desert planet where they were hunted by vampiric raptors. Imam and air elemental Aereon (Judi Dench) believe that Riddick was born a Furyan and may be the only one able to stop evil Half Dead Lord Marshal (Colm Feore), the leader of a crusading warrior sect known as Necromongers who are planning to convert or kill all humans in the universe. Helion Prime is subsequently invaded by Lord Marshal, and Riddick is captured by bounty hunter Toombs (Nick Chinlund) and transported to Crematoria, a prison planet where daylight temperatures climb to over 700 degrees and nighttime temperatures plunge to 300 degrees below zero. But it's not all that bad, because Riddick learns that the only other person to have survived the raptors with him and Imam, a young girl named Jack, is also imprisoned on Crematoria. However, the Necromongers are also on their way.
The Chronicles of Riddick is the second movie in the Riddick trilogy, preceded by Pitch Black (2000) (2000), which was based on a screenplay written by American screenwriters Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, and David Twohy. Using three of the characters (Riddick, Imam, and Jack) created in Point Black, Twohy wrote the screenplay for The Chronicles of Riddick. It was followed by Riddick (2013) (2013).
Disguised as a Necro warrior, Riddick returns to Helion Prime on the Necro ship to rescue Kyra (Alexa Davalos) and kill the Lord Marshal. Meanwhile, Lord Vaako (Karl Urban) is named first among Commanders making him heir apparent to Lord Marshal. Vaako and his wife (Thandie Newton) scheme to kill Lord Marshal until Dame Vaako realizes that Riddick is still alive. She suggests that Vaako let Riddick attack Lord Marshal first in order to weaken him so that Vaako can more esily strike the killing blow. As the Necro warriors assemble in the Necropolis for the "day of days" celebration, Riddick makes a leap for Lord Marshal, who easily evades him. Instead of having Riddick instantly killed, Lord Marshall invites Riddick to join with the Necromongers and shows him that Kyra has already converted. As Kyra walks past him, Riddick asks her if she's "with him", but Kyra does not reply. Riddick reacts by throwing a Furyan blade at Lord Marshall, which nicks him slightly, and they turn on each other. Using his Half Dead powers, Lord Marshal gains the upper hand. When he tries to take Riddick's soul, however, Riddick gets a rush of strength, and they go at it again. Just as Lord Marshal starts to gloat about his powers, Kyra spears him in the back. Lord Marshal retaliates by batting her across the room, impaling her on a spike. Realizing this is the best time to strike, Vaako grabs a Necro axe and makes his move but misses. Riddick picks up his Furyan knife and stabs Lord Marshal in the head, killing him. Tending to the mortally wounded Kyra, Riddick asks her once again if she is with him. "I was always with you," she says with her dying breath. In the final scene, Riddick collapses on the Necro throne, and the Necromongers kneel before him. "You keep what you kill," Riddick reminds himself.
Two. To gross more at the box office, the film was heavily cut in order to obtain the financially lucrative PG-13 rating. This version was released in theatres and later on DVD. Some time later, an unrated Director's Cut found its way on the home entertainment market. It includes all the scenes that had to be cut out and adds more story to the film. It runs more than 14 minutes longer.