The Chronicles of Riddick and Religion

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The Chronicles of Riddick and Religion

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I saw the Chronicles of Riddick last night. I was kind of interested in it, though I disliked Pitch Black, I did find Riddick to be an interesting character. The new movie, however, gave me some interesting insite into the mind of the screenwriter.

For those of you who have not seen Pitch Black, or are unfamiliar with the character Riddick (not the guy on this board), you really need to see the movie in order to get the full gists, but there were a couple of interesting points about it:

First, in addition to Riddick, there were two survivors of the film, a young girl who idolized Riddick and a Muslim referred to simply as Imam. I remember when I saw it, I was intrigued by the use of a strong and heroing Muslim in a Hollywood movie. Granted, he was not the action star, but the character was certainly strong and wise.

The new movie brings Riddick back, as well as Imam. It also introduces a concept of a universal religious order called "Necromongers", or Necros for short.

Watching the film, I couldn't help but notice some striking similarities between the Necros and certain fundy christian groups. If you see the movie, pay attention for the following symbols/themes:

First, the main symbols of the Necros are a suffering man with what appear to be spikes driven through his head. He is grabbing at the spikes, which, to me, is a visual very similar to the crucifixtion. There other symbol is a tower/helmet/staff which has three faces, to me, invoking the "holy trinity". Their leader is, as they say in the movie, "half-dead", which means he died, yet, for some reason or another, has come back to life to lead his people.

Additionally, the Necros are looking for (or waiting for, it's never terribly clear) the "promised land" of Underverse. This concept seems to be some conglomeration of the concepts of heaven and the rapture.

Finally, the Necros spread throughout the universe taking worlds and giving them the ultimatum of convert or die. This is very similar to the way things happened during the crusaes and a lot of the christian expansion (though christianity is certainly not the only religion guilty of this.)

Flipping back to Islam, there is a city on one of the worlds known as New Mecca. In that city, many faiths are represented, and all live in peace, though they are capable of defending themselves with force.

Essentially, what I came away with is the idea that the writer of Pitch Black and The Chrinicles of Riddick is a Muslim with some definite ideas about chrisitanity and the world.

Anyone else seen this movie and think I'm right or wrong?
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Post by RabbiSatan »

From what I can see, David Twohy was the director of both films, and Jim Wheat and Ken Wheat (Both Brothers) seem to be the writers for both films. But looking at Twohy's profile also says that he wrote Chronicles and wrote the screenplay for Pitch Black.

Chronicles of Riddick: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0296572/
Director: David Twohy
Writing credits (WGA)
Jim Wheat (characters) &
Ken Wheat (characters) ...

Pitch Black: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134847/
Director: David Twohy
Writing credits (WGA)
Jim Wheat (story) &
Ken Wheat (story) ...

David Twohy: [url]http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0878638/[url]
Chronicles of Riddick, The (2004) (written by)
Pitch Black (2000) (screenplay)

Those 3 had quite large parts to play in the making of both movies - but their Imdb profile doesn't indicate anything about Islam.
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Post by Hexxenhammer »

I liked Pitch Black a lot. I thought it was a perfect B-movie. Same goes for David Twohy's "Below" a great supernatural thriller that might not have had anything supernatural going on. I would like to see "Chronicles of Riddick" but the previews looked like it made Riddick some uber-human, jumping dozens of feet and doing other stupid action movie things. I am intrigued by the religious overtones however. I think it's more likely the Islamic and fundy symbolism are more political than religious though.
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