Sunday, 28 October 2012
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
Combine the toppling of these giant 'Necromongers' with Mr Diesel's talent for ironic quips delivered in a voice that's part Lee Marvin, part Barack Obama, and The Chronicles of Riddick makes for an entertaining, if instantly forgettable, two hours when you're stuck on the Oxford-Cambridge bus.
It's just a pity that so much of the film looks cheap and cartoonish. The small library of books in the house of Diesel's friend in dusty New Mecca DOES look real though. It's easier to computer generate a city than a library, it seems. Unfortunately, the filmmakers spent so much on the former that they didn't have much left for the latter. I think they just moved the same set of books from one shelf to another as they filmed the scene.
Ever wonder where movie books come from? New York, of course, where Hollywood customers of the Strand Bookstore 'can choose from eighteen basic library styles, for purchase or rental. "Bargain books,” a random selection of hardbacks, is the cheapest, at ten dollars per foot of shelf space. For thirty dollars, clients can customize the color. For seventy-five, they can get a “leather-looking” library...'