Dark Fury - The Chronicles of Riddick
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From renowned animator Peter Chung (The Animatrix, "Matriculated"; MTV's Æon Flux) comes The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, an all-new vision of the Riddick universe. When Riddick is captured by bounty hunters, he must battle soldiers of fortune and vicious creatures in the lethal slaughter cells of a massive starship. Riddick's night vision and ruthless combat skills are all that stand between him and a fate literally worse than death in this, sci-fi thrill-ride that bridges the incredible stories of Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick.
Taking a page from The Animatrix, Dark Fury is part of a new trend of bridging theatrical sequels. As an official product of a franchise, the 35-minute anime benefits from having the original actors voice the characters, including Vin Diesel as Riddick. This story opens with the new action hero and the two other survivors of Pitch Black already caught by a giant spaceship filled with dread. The sinewy leader has a unique--and creepy--jail for master villains and she has her sights set on Riddick. The film--indeed the series--is indebted to animator Peter Chung, who brings his techno style from his Aeon Flux series. His smooth animation for Riddick doesn't reinvent the character as much as give him a new, appealing fluidity. As anime goes, there's nothing really new here--plenty of action, cool killers, and dramatic spurts of blood--but it's a building block for how this genre might enliven movie series and sequels in the future. --Doug Thomas
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It's only 30 minutes, so it suffers from pacing issues. Things are obviously rushed,and when I mean rushed- I mean Riddick is freaking op as frick and you feel no real sense of tension , I mean we all know going in that Riddick and co. will come out alright but with more time we could've gotten that "Holy crap this lady wants to make him into a statue and his are in danger, get out of there right now" feel.
Rushing does not only show in the dialogue, but also in the animation. Which as a whole is really inconsistent. Best comparison, it's kind of animated like a "WB!Kids" show- rushed out for them big bucks. It also looked like there was no unity in the team, some the art was gorgeous, the lines are clean and you can really see Riddick's resemblance to Diesel. Other Riddick looks like a dang potato and his lips and head are misshapen. The main villainous looks like she's in a fish eye lense at times because her eyes sometimes the size oranges other times they're kind of small.
As a villain in general, she's not very memorable to me, not her fault it's the script. (and her really freaking cheesy character design- is this Riddick or Evangelion WHO KNOWS?) . Also Jenner is the cheapest character design I ever seen. He looks like an older version of Chow, from "Jackie Chan Adventures". (Don't know who that is ? Google it and see what I mean)
This was obviously a quick milk of the cash cow. I only paid 3 bucks for a watch so I can't really say I'm too disappointed. All in all I'd watch with some buds for a nice session of crap talking. Is it terrible? No, not by any means! Could it had been better? Absolutely! I recommend it for Riddick fans and for those who like that morning cartoon feel. Cuddle up with a bowl of cereal, give it go.
In conclusion, if you're a Riddick fan you may want this. If not then you'll probably be happier buying something else.