The Chronicles of Riddick

Over the weekend, we tried out Comcast On Demand for the first time. It was primarily to watch The Chronicles of Riddick (more on that below), but after the film had ended, we browsed around to see what else they had. Lot's of free stuff, but I'm not sure how popular it's likely to be., (there's definitely some old Monty Python episodes I'll be watching though). The next day, Duncan also used it to watch a load of really old classic cartoons on Cartoon Network's Boomerang channel - anybody remember Space Ghost?

It's a long way from being the dream of watching any program/film ever created, but I did appreciate the ability to have play, pause, stop, rewind and fast-forward control over what I was watching. Now being able to skip to a specific "chapter" would have been even nicer.

Onto the film. I should note that I haven't seen Pitch Black, which is the prequel to this one, but I understand it was more horror than science fiction. This was definitely the other way around.

The visuals were excellent, performances okay (I was not expecting Shakespeare but I still want good dialogue), and I could live with the plot and technology inconsistencies when the action was well paced.

I kept wanting to compare it with other films that I'd seen though. For example, the scenes on board the main Necromonger ship reminded me of the palace screens in David Lynch's Dune. The plotting of Thandie Newton at Dame Vaako, reminded me of Lady Macbeth in Polanski's Macbeth and the prison scenes gave me flaskbacks to Outland.

If the mark of a good film is that you don't feel the need to turn it off or continually hit the fast-forward button, then this qualifies. Will I be getting it on DVD to keep? Probably not.

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