Monday, June 14, 2004

Riddick-ulous is right
Riddick-ulous: "But back to the issue of conversion. The Necromongers have some sort of religious belief, and although we don't know what it is, it seems safe to assume it might be just a little bit evil. Their pillaging and forced conversions of an explicitly Muslim society suggest the crusades, although their regimentation suggests Imperial Rome, and the gauziness of their beliefs suggests L. Ron Hubbard.
Riddick, who is the last remaining member of a warrior race called the Furyans (again with the names), is prophesied to be the death of the Lord Marshal and so, after much to-ing and fro-ing, they square off, with the fate of the universe--or maybe it's the Underverse--hanging in the balance. I couldn't tell. I promise that if you last to this point in The Chronicles of Riddick, you won't be able to either."

I saw Riddick over the weekend, after watching Pitch Black last week. I came away from both saying similar things to this review.

I'm not a sci-fi nut, but I'd say I am a sci-fi fan. I love comic books, and always enjoy the good Aliens or Terminator movie. These films, however, are science-fantascy, more than science-fiction. The problem is, as both my brother and I decided, they're missing something. You don't know what the Necromonger religion involves. You don't know what the Underverse is. You don't know who the Mercs are, whether they're just bounty-hunters or more. It's too involved, and not elaborate enough, I think.

As Mr. Last mentions, there also seems to be some sort of social commentary, but even that comes through as extremely hazy. All-in-all, it was a good action flick with some great fight scenes, and incredible special effects. I'd recommend it, but don't be looking for the best movie of your life.

1 comment:

Tanstaafl said...

"Merc" is short for mercenary. They're generally bounty hunters it would seem. They called Cole Hauser that in "Pitch Black" as well. I'd say decent special effects btw, they didn't do anything that was particularly new.