Apes Pick: The Chronicles of Riddick
Why we picked this film: We worked together using the process of elimination to pick this film.
Beeps: Oh...my poor head. I think this film gave me vertigo. The action scenes are enough to send me into an epileptic fit. If I can put that aside, what I'm left with is a film that is the story of a convict, who is my #2 greatest character ever. (A distant second to Hannibal Lecter, M.D.) Vin Diesel shines here as Riddick who is a certifiable bad ass in virtually every moment that he's on screen. The film is light on story and character development, and although I've seen Pitch Black several times, we don't really know who Riddick is. You get a piece of his backstory here, but it's only a morsel, and you're left wanting more. I honestly believe that after Pitch Black came out and people saw just how chilling and fascinating the character Riddick was, they had to have more. So writer/directer David Twohy basically created a world around him. I have no clue if that's true, but it seems to make sense, especially since they renamed the first film to The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black. Of course following that logic this would be The Chronicles of Riddick: The Chronicles of Riddick... Oh dear god, and I thought the action scenes were what gave me the vertigo! Go watch this now, if not for the fantastic world/effects, then for the character Riddick, a savage, heartless, animalistic killer, who somehow finds his way into your heart. 3 1/2 Stars!
Apes: I think I like the idea of this film more than the actual film. The action is too jumpy and flashy for me and that makes it hard to watch. I love Vin Diesel in this role. He comes across rugged, strong, tough, and that voice... oh that voice... yummy! Other than that the film feels like it's missing HUGE chunks of the story line. This feels like the 3rd movie in an epic trilogy, but with those first two missing this feels odd and out of place. Sure there is Pitch Black, but that doesn't really tell you much about anything either. There is enough information to fill in the story a bit, but not enough to make you feel connected. I need a little more back story on Fury and on the characters... I mean why is he a convict? What did he do - other than kick ass and take names- he comes across so lovable, but hardcore. Who are all these people... This flick is all flash and pop, but where is the meat? Its like a one night stand... enjoyable, but so meaningless. Its well worth a watch, but because it left me wanting (and wanting more than just Vin Diesel) I give it 2 1/2 stars.
Overall we give this film 3 Stars.
~Beeps and Apes