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  • fuwalda says:

    I felt similarly to you going in to this film. In fact, I actually put off seeing it in the theater because I wanted another Chronicles movie, not another Pitch Black movie. But after time had settled, I decided I just wanted any Riddick movie… and this was a Riddick movie. That alone makes it worth watching, but the fact that it’s actually a pretty good movie made it a must see, in my opinion.

    Basically, I think I went in expecting not to like it all that much, and was pleasantly surprised when I actually loved it. But you were maybe unfairly prejudiced by my perhaps too glowing review so you expected too much. Or maybe you’re just a dick. You should rename this blog “Chronicles of The Dick.”

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I should. I’m a dick. Even as I was writing this, I was thinking, “Why am I shitting on this? I enjoyed it.”

  • fuwalda says:

    More thoughts: I actually thought that considering how Chronicles flopped, this film still took chances and got really weird. The entire first thirty minutes or so where Riddick was just wondering around alone on the planet, eating fishheads and killing scorpion monsters was unlike anything you see in most mainstream Hollywood films. This movie was just weird.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Yeah, that’s a good and fair point. I really did think the first 30 minutes or so were pretty neat, and maybe I didn’t express that enough. The creature design for the scorpion aliens was effectively very creepy, and the relationship between Riddick and his dingo dango worked. If the entire movie had been that neat, I’d have probably given Riddick a much better rating.

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Riddick (2013)

Riddick (2013)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

So I guess I’m going to have to be that guy who laments for the Chronicles of Riddick series that never was. Without going into extensive detail, I was a tremendous fan of the second (live action) Riddick film (i.e., The Chronicles of Riddick), because flaws notwithstanding (e.g., it tilted toward operatic), it was a tale built upon ideas. Perhaps, in a way, too many ideas, but I admired it on many levels for its storytelling and worldbuilding, and ultimately, for setting up a fascinating arc for its protagonist–I looked forward to watching it play out.

As a star vehicle for Vin Diesel, it fit like a glove, so understandably, it felt like a real labor of love for Diesel, as well as director/writer David Twohy. Almost as if they were so amazed that somebody had greenlighted a science fiction epic as a follow-up to the straightforward Pitch Black, they got kinda giddy about it, resulting in a film that included all but the kitchen sink. I can understand why some critics may have thought it all seemed overwrought, but from my perspective, I loved the filmmakers for what they tried to pull off, and I will forever wish The Chronicles of Riddick had been the hit it deserved to be.

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  • fuwalda says:

    Is this the kind of thing I can watch even though it was cancelled? I don’t want to watch some story that goes unresolved.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    No, it wasn’t cancelled on FOX, so it was actually allowed to resolve the major storyline. To be sure, some of the best stories in the season are in the winding down. The writers had found a pretty good formula in the end, though it’s also the point where things come completely off the hinges for Isaacs’s character, and improbabilities mount to the point that it does sort of leave you with a lot of questions. But intentionally, and in a good way (mostly).

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Awake (2012)

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Rating: ★★★★★ 

Awake is the sort of series about which I could probably spend way more time talking than I really want to, so I will endeavor to confine this to essentials. Ultimately, my recommendation is going to be as follows: watch the pilot (currently available on Netflix’s streaming service) and decide for yourself. For my part, I won’t mince words here: Awake was a brilliant, I think.

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