Film Screening 16th October, 2004

Poster for The Chronicles of Riddick

The Chronicles of Riddick 

8:00 PM, 16th October, 2004

  • 115 mins
  • 2004
  • David Twohy
  • David Twohy
  • Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Colm Feore, Alexa Davalos, Keith David

Some years after the events of Pitch Black, Riddick (Diesel) is a fugitive on the run. Every bounty hunter in the known galaxy is after him, the catch being that he's wanted alive this time. Imam (David), a holy man he rescued in a previous adventure has come to the conclusion that Riddick is the only man capable of saving his world from the Necromongers, a cult that is intent on taking over the galaxy by any means necessary, and has put up quite a price to bring him to the front line. That's only the tip of the iceberg - as soon as the Necromongers find out how much of a bad-ass Riddick is they have their own plans for him...

Green ogres and wizards aside, this year it seems that Sci-fi action blockbusters are it and The Chronicles of Riddick could be top of the heap. The effects look very cool. The costume and set design looks cooler (a kind of Gladiator meets Aliens kind of cool!) and there seem to be a lot of big statues where Riddick is going.

PS: Riddick's eyes have been made to shine so they look cool and he can't see in the daylight without cool sunnies. Have I said cool enough yet?

Adam Gould

Poster for Paycheck


10:15 PM, 16th October, 2004

  • M
  • 119 mins
  • 2003
  • John Woo
  • Dean Georgaris
  • Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Colm Feore

Jennings (Affleck) is the best reverse-engineer in the business. He is hired by clients to take apart other companies' technologies and find out how they work. At the end of each job, the memory of what he did is erased. He is hired to do a special job, against the advice of his associate, by a man named Rethrick (Eckhart). Three years later, he rocks up to collect his paycheck only to be told that he gave it up in exchange for an envelope containing nineteen seemingly unrelated objects. On top of that he is being hunted by both the FBI and the people who he used to work for. He realises that he must piece together what happened during those three years and that the only clues he has are the objects that he sent himself.

This movie is based on a short story by Phillip K. Dick, as were the movies Minority Report, Total Recall and Blade Runner. It deals with some very interesting ideas dealing with the nature and permanence (or not) of memory. It has some excellent chase sequences and fight scenes, along with a fairly good plotline.

Kate Procko