The Chronicles of Riddick

  • Review Date: November 14, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Very violent, brainless explosion movie.
  • Review Date: November 14, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some messages of tolerance and diversity among the many battles and explosions.

Positive role models

Riddick is a strong leader with a firm sense of justice, but he's also extremely violent.


Intense and graphic violence, characters in frequent peril, many killed, some blood.


Sexual references, including to forced prostitution, some unwelcome groping.


One "f--k," plus lots of other strong words, like "s--t," "p---y," "ass," "hell," "damn," and a couple uses of "God" and "Jesus" as exclamations.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some background drinking plus characters doing shots.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Chronicles of Riddick is a sci-fi action movie that isn't very good, and has intense and graphic violence, including people getting fried in intense heat and a lot of fighting. Characters are in constant peril and many are killed, there are a few four-letter words, and a character speaks of being forced into prostitution. The movie's few strengths are that there are diverse characters on both sides and the way it makes clear that the good guys stand for tolerance.

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What's the story?

Pitch Black was an outer space horror film about a group stranded on a planet with some very scary creatures. One member of the group was Riddick (Vin Diesel), a convict being transported to prison. His ability to see in the dark made him the group's best hope for survival. In this sequel, Riddick (Diesel again) is once more the best hope for survival, this time of just about everyone. An evil race called the Necromancers is capturing planets as it moves toward its interplanetary version of something between Mecca and Valhalla. They offer the inhabitants of each planet two choices -- surrender or death -- and they don't really care which one they pick. The leader of the Necromancers, Lord Marshal (Colm Feore) has been told that he will be killed by a member of the Furia race, so he has ordered all of them killed. But one remains -- Riddick -- and as soon as he says, "It's not my fight," you know he'll be opening up a can of whup-ass on just about everyone pretty soon or it would be a pretty short movie.

Is it any good?


THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK almost makes it as a brainless popcorn summer explosion movie. The movie's graphics are very striking, especially the neo-fascist baroque of the Necromancer's massive weapons, armor, machinery, and monuments, and the enormous underground prison on a planet with temperature swings of hundreds of degrees. It's nice to see someone thinking up advanced technology that's not computer based. Instead of digital read-outs there are some fascinating mechanical contraptions. There are also some good action sequences and some cool special effects.

But the script is a dumbed-down version of The Matrix, complete with characters who are hooked into soul-destroying machinery through their necks, with a little bit of (heaven help us) Battlefield Earth thrown in for bad measure. The names are so unimaginatively obvious they border on parody, with the angry race called the Furia and the hot planet called Crematoria. The dialogue is dreadful. Thandie Newton plays the Lady Macbeth-style scheming wife of one of Lord Marshall's henchmen with a space-age mullet. She looks lovely but gives a ludicrously over-the-top performance.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the inspiration for some of the movie's terms like "Necromancer" and "Crematoria." Where does the movie draw inspiration from? Do you notice any literary or historical references?

  • What is the appeal of intensely violent movies like this one? What kind of emotional experience does it offer viewers?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 11, 2004
DVD release date:November 16, 2004
Cast:Judi Dench, Thandie Newton, Vin Diesel
Director:David Twohy
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense sequences of violent action and some language

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Adult Written byfritzsky April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Teen, 14 years old Written byJimmy brew November 29, 2014

Violent dark sequel is not as violent as the first but still racy

My rating:PG-13 for violence,language,sexual content,nudity and drug use
Teen, 13 years old Written byglitchmaster March 13, 2013

just fine for tv

This movie issn't gory at all this movie is just sometimes brutale that's all in my opion if you're 10 years old you can watch this movie already the movie is not this great just fine to watch on tv or if you're bored on a evening and you didn't see this movie jet you can watch this
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Too much violence


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