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The Chronicles of Riddick
(2004)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec
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Varèse Sarabande
(June 8th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can satisfy yourself with orchestral science-fiction action music that is basically sufficient but only as intelligent as Vin Diesel's bulging biceps.

Avoid it... if you require interesting or refreshing instrumental and structural ideas in the genre that don't stumble over their own feet when trying to generate massively noisy ruckus.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #302
WRITTEN 6/9/04, REVISED 9/23/11
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The Chronicles of Riddick: (Graeme Revell) When the character of Riddick first appeared on screen in the 2000 film Pitch Black, audiences and critics did not indicate that he, nor his sci-fi horror concept, was of the quality that could spawn a sequel. But a cultish following of that film on DVD led the primary character (among a few others) to reappear in 2004's equally mind-numbing The Chronicles of Riddick. Whereas the first film defined itself as a straight-forward horror flick, challenging the viewer to choose loyalties very carefully, the sequel sends the character into politics and battles of planetary and, indeed, galactic proportions. Without much dissent, critics hurled considerable insults at The Chronicles of Riddick (the tagline "riddick-ulous" seems to pop up in several places), mostly because of the lack of any true plotline worth caring about and, of course, the outpouring of CGI-rendered vistas, characters, and battles that could cause viewers to either cringe or laugh. Director David Twohy returned from Pitch Black to helm The Chronicles of Riddick, flooding the screen with flashing close-up shots of battle, and he collaborated once again with composer Graeme Revell to receive the gritty, minor key-dominated music of choice. With the score for the original film having been spread amongst the composer's fans in bootleg format, Revell's sequel score received full album treatment by Varèse Sarabande, the label that stood beside Revell during the early 2000's and released a fair amount of his music, including some trashy entries. This one isn't necessarily among that latter group, but whether he's been typecast into the role or not, Revell seems to take a significant number of scoring assignments for films that are predominantly gray and black in coloration, yielding challenging music. Most of these flicks dwell in the B-rated range of quality, or perhaps just outside the A-rate range if only because of the high promise but poor execution of the films he scores. Leaving the horror element behind and embracing straight action, The Chronicles of Riddick seems to follow the musical path set by Daredevil the previous year, but at a greater volume. While competent at every turn, the 2004 score is not particularly memorable, failing to unleash anything unique enough to qualify the effort as above average.

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rigatony - March 15, 2005, at 7:01 p.m.
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Alternative review of The Chronicles of Riddick at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - August 31, 2004, at 7:14 a.m.
1 comment  (2316 views)
need Graeme Revell music   Expand >>
greg - June 21, 2004, at 3:27 p.m.
2 comments  (2936 views)
Newest: July 13, 2004, at 1:01 p.m.by Levente Benedek
Pleasantly surprised   Expand >>
Mark - June 19, 2004, at 9:36 p.m.
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Newest: July 2, 2004, at 4:00 p.m.by P.A.
Ugh
Amon Hen 2112 - June 18, 2004, at 8:12 a.m.
1 comment  (1534 views)
Movie&Music 9/10   Expand >>
PMC - June 13, 2004, at 8:59 p.m.
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Newest: June 14, 2004, at 3:27 p.m.by greg
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:58
• 1. The Chronicles of Riddick (2:44)
• 2. Hunt for Riddick (4:44)
• 3. Vaako Conspiracy (3:19)
• 4. One Speed (3:08)
• 5. The Sweet Spot (1:29)
• 6. The Animal Side (0:54)
• 7. Arrival at Helion (1:11)
• 8. Save My Family (1:19)
• 9. Kyra's Theme (1:22)
• 10. Helion Attack Pt. 2 (1:13)
• 11. Imam's Death (1:46)
• 12. Necromongers (1:24)
• 13. Show You the Way (2:00)
• 14. Hellhounds (2:18)
• 15. Pop the Cock (1:35)
• 16. The Slam (2:43)
• 17. Furyan Energy (1:00)
• 18. The Purifiers End (3:21)
• 19. Aereon Fortells (1:51)
• 20. Final Betrayals (1:55)
• 21. Keep What You Kill (2:33)
• 22. End Credit - Final Chronicle (4:02)

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