Riddick, Jack and holy man Imam are the sole survivors of
the events which took place in Pitch Black. Now they
find themselves intercepted by a mercenary ship. After a brief
fight the three are captured and brought before the Lady Chillingsworth,
a fanatic collector. She has hundreds of bodies in a state
of suspended paralysis, all set in different positions like
works of art. All of them are killers, and she wants Riddick
as the main exhibit. However, she never sees the individuals
in action, so cannot resist putting Riddick and the two others
in an arena to fight a couple of tentacled aliens. Escaping
after a surprise victory, the trio are hunted by everything
the Lady Chillingsworth has in her force. One such fighter
is her number two. Has Riddick met his match?...
idea of Dark Fury is to cash in on... I mean, bridge
the gap between Pitch Black and the new live action
feature The Chronicles of Riddick, in terms of characterisation
and continuity. This is achieved by means of a rather short
animated film which mixes the techniques of computer imagery
for spacecraft and backgrounds with the traditional hand-drawn
style for the characters. It has the overall effect of a below
average Japanese Manga.
David Twohy and the film company Universal have wasted no
time here in jumping on The Matrix bandwagon by turning
Pitch Black, or more precisely the character of Riddick,
into a franchise. However, whilst The Animatrix was
a first class collection of original shorts showcasing the
various talents of writers and animators, Dark Fury
merely comes across as a convenient excuse to advertise the
new computer game and new movie, as well as whatever else
they can think of to promote.
story itself is a basic run-around, with nothing really being
done with the potentially exciting concept of a collector
of killers. Although the actors from Pitch Black provide
the voices for the main players, nothing is pushed in the
way of characterisation. Aside from Jack killing for the first
time, the trio simply go through the (slow) motions. Don't
get me wrong; the animation is very good, but the plot is
derisory and the 30-something minutes length is an insult
to potential film-fan purchasers. It leaves you wondering
why they didn't make something better or nothing at all.
Extras include the Making of Dark Fury, Dark Fury
Animatic (watch the film in rough images/storyboards/sketches
etc.), Peter Chung - Into the Mind of the Animator,
A View into the Light (brief talks about the new movie),
Escape From Butcher Bay games trailer, and a trailer
for the animated Van Helsing film. This may sound a
lot, but aside from the animatic it all amounts to a handful
of minutes. The truth is I feel cheated, and I'm certain many
others will feel similarly.
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