Not as bad as the trailers made it look.
Gothic look of the badguys was very groovy.
Some good dialogue.
The Lord Marshall (Colm Feore)
Looked cheeseball in the trailer, but he played the role quite well. Especially in light of the silly helmet he had to wear most of the time.
Powered By Evil™
The bad guys were conscientious enough to even recycle the black smoke of Evil that apparently was the basis of their technology. It would go out one part of their ships and then back in another.
Kyra (Alexa Davalos) was exceptionally hot.
Dame Vaako (Thandie Newton) was also pretty damn hot, though she wore too much eye makeup.
Are these guys undead or half-dead or what?
I could never figure out what they were trying to get across with the Necromongers. Some, like the Lensers, looked dead. One guy had a knife sticking out of him in several scenes that didn’t seem to trouble him. But other than that, they were more or less normal guys.
Tooms (Nick Chinland)
Apparently, Tom Waits and Ron Perlman have a love child.
Vaako (Karl Urban – Eomer from Lord of the Rings)
He looks embarrassed to be in the movie. And with that mullet, he oughta be.
Had to sit through the Catwoman trailer again.
Riddick is repeatedly described in the trailers and in the prologue as “a different kind of evil,” but is, in fact, quite a nice guy.
He doesn’t kill anybody who isn’t pointing a weapon at him or hasn’t done him some action movie death-worthy wrong. I was disappointed.
No discernable logic to the plot:
[li]The bounty hunters intercept Riddick in the middle of an attack by the Necromongers but seem almost unaware that the Necromongers even exist.[/li][li]They take Riddick to a godforsaken prison planet run by three guys who can’t even afford dry cigarettes but can somehow afford to pay a huge amount of money for a convict they then apparently intend to feed to a tiger. I’m not sure what economic model they’re using but it doesn’t seem too sound to me.[/li][li]The bounty hunters’ spaceship can sit in direct sunlight while in orbit, but that same sunlight practically parboils their ship as they race to land.[/li][li]Ships that have been clearly shown to be capable of hovering probably don’t need to make skidding crash landings at full speed unless they’re broken.[/li][li]The super-powerful sunlight of the prison planet turns some people into ash immediately while others are merely irritated by the glare. Riddick actually stands a few feet away from one guy who is burnt to cinders but, apparently because he is in the shade, he barely even squints or shows any evidence of discomfort at the 700 degree heat.[/li][li]It is clearly shown that the Necromongers returning to their ship do not see Kyra and she presumably sneaks aboard their ship. For some reason, Riddick automatically assumes she’s been captured, and, for some reason, he’s right, despite the fact that she has the demonstrated ability to kick the living crap out of anybody.[/li][li]I’m not even sure why the story even involves the prison planet, as it contributes almost nothing to the plot while consuming half the running time.[/li][/ul]
Good or Bad, Depending on the viewer:
Continues Pitch Black’s preoccupation with putting Vin Diesel in bondage scenes.
Well, it’s your call, but frankly he’s not my type. Not quite as blatantly fetishistic (if that’s even a word–I’m too lazy to look it up) as the first movie, but still pretty prevalent.