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(2004), PG-13
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June 11, 2004
45 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 -- ...mockery of the Christian faith and the Scriptures.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Primal Foe Productions LLC, One Race Productions, Radar Pictures Inc., Universal Pictures
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures, Universal Studios Inc.
Director(s): David Twohy
Producer(s): Vin Diesel, Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, David Womark, George Zakk
Characters: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
Written by: David Twohy
Cinematography/Camera: Hugh Johnson
Music: Graeme Revell
Film Editing: Tracy Adams, Martin Hunter, Dennis Virkler
Casting: Anne McCarthy, Mary Selway
Production Design: Holger Gross
Art Direction: Kevin Ishioka, Mark W. Mansbridge, Sandi Tanaka
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

While The Chronicles of Riddick is saturated with killings and beatings, gore/blood is minimal. Still, it is most certainly another R-13.

As a continuation of Riddick in Pitch Black of 2000, Vin Diesel plays a futuristic renegade (Riddick) with a price on his head of 1.5 million. One point five million of what is not specified, but one can safely assume it is a lot. Enough to make bounty hunters seek him. Which is how the show opens. A gang of bounty hunters try to capture Riddick and a few lives are ended in the process. Riddick's life is not one of them.

One reviewer claimed, in effect, this film is another display of Vin Diesel's sweaty sculpted body, belittling his acting abilities as if they are jealous. Granted, Vin Diesel is not one of the best, but he is not one of the worst either. He gets done the job given to him.

This film clearly contains mockery of the Christian faith. Even one of the production companies is called One Race Productions.

In this Dune flavored sci-fi flick, the Necromongers are a race trying to proselytize all to their "faith." They are trying to convert all who live. And kill all who won't, trying to convert all to their faith but using violence and fear to intimidate. Here is where the first mockery of the Christian faith and the Scriptures appears. Clearly, this is pointing to the violent black spots of the Inquisition and the Crusades in the history of Christianity.

Regarding the attempts of many adversaries to try to shame believers by throwing up the "Christian" Crusades and Inquisition "have killed more people than...", let me share some information with you. Beware of Men, April 27, 2003: In the twentieth century, Communists persecuted Christians horribly. During the height of Communism, an average of 330,000 Christians were killed every year (Foxe's Book of Martyrs, op. cit., p. 326). Although there are still a few Communist countries, like Cuba and China, where Christians are persecuted and tortured, it is Muslim countries that are responsible for killing the most Christians today. Between 155,000 and 159,000 Christians are currently being killed throughout the world each year - simply for being Christian. Just do a web search on "Christians killed" and you will get a perspective of the issue.

The Necromongers, who are half dead and half alive, if compliant, will get to live in the Underverse which I assume is their mock equivalent to Heaven. Or maybe it's Hell? At any rate, those who agree to convert are marked. One scene has many "converts" being marked which appears as a scar on the side of the victim's neck. This is yet another mockery of the Christian faith, in reference to accepting the mark of the beast.

The "politics" of the Necromongers themselves are mockery of Christianity by relying upon popular misconception of "fear of God" to frighten non-believers into submission. And many who don't understand the idea of the "fear of God", usually the young, misuse and belittle "fear of God" in bravado to defy His Authority. I am going to take this as an opportunity to do a little preaching and throw in a sermon to explain "fear of God."

"Fear of God", one of the most misunderstood and misused expressions from the Bible, such as "put the fear of God in ya." Even they of old who have used that expression didn't understand "fear of God." So many use it against the believers saying God demands that you be afraid of Him when it couldn't be further from the Truth. Looking at the definition of "fear", where "fear of God" appears in the KJV there are three translations, NOT interpretations, but translations to "fear."

  • yirah {yir-aw'}: fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety, revered

  • pachad {pakh'-ad}: terror, dread, dread, object of dread

  • phobos {fob'-os}: reverence as in for one's husband

    When "pachad" is used it speaks to that which His enemies should feel such as in 2 Chronicles 20:29 "And the fear [pachad] of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel." But in other cases when "yirah" and "phobos" are used, it speaks to reverence, honor and respect such as in 2 Samuel 23:3 "The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear [yirah] of God." In 2 Corinthians 7:1, "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear [phobos] of God" and in Ephesians. 5:21 "Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear [phobos] of God."

    So, if one opposes and rejects God one should dread (pachad) fear what He will do (and won't do). If one loves Him one should revere, honor and respect (yirah or phobos) fear Him. "Yirah" or "phobos" fear Him even in the marriage sense as we, the believers, will be collected as His Bride at the Rapture.

    Though from a quite unlikely character, Chris Rock in Head of State was speaking before a convention put "yirah" and "phobos" fear rather succinctly. He said that he did not smoke because he was afraid, to this day, that his father would come through [that] door and "knock him out" for smoking. That was "pachad" fear. Rock also expressed in other ways "yirah" and "phobos" fear of his father whom he respected and loved dearly. Obviously.

    So fear God, yes. Be afraid of Him, no. Not unless you should be.

    Clearly, the most invasive presence in the film is violence. Enough violence to earn the film a zero score in Wanton Violence/Crime. [Prov. 3:31-32] Language is not as bad as most PG-13 films with only 16 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary and one use of the most foul of the foul words, but any is bad. [Prov. 22:11] God's name was used in vain three times. [Deut. 5:11} Sexual immorality consists mainly of a sexual offer, a sexual comment or two, inappropriate touch and excessive cleavage with dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure. [Gal. 5:19] But nobody gets in bed with anybody else that I could find. Offense to God revealed a number of things such as, in addition to the above, mockery of Salvation through faith, unholy beings, shape shifting, foretelling the future and "Do it (violence) for the faith." [Rom. 16:17-18] Another pointing to the shame of the Inquisition and the Crusades. [Col. 2:8] Strange philosophy indeed.

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  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Rom. 16:17-18 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • defensive killings, many, frequent
  • knife to throat, repeatedly
  • action violence, warfare/attack/combat/beatings/fighting, many, some intensive, some lengthy, some graphic
  • "Gestapo" force to enter and abduct/kill
  • long sequence of gunfire to kill
  • long sequences of beatings/fighting, repeatedly, many deaths
  • blade combat killing, defensive
  • warfare killings, many
  • scene of many dead
  • blade combat killing
  • flashes of violence and evil
  • brutality
  • blade killing, defensive
  • multiple defensive killings
  • long sequence of gunfire to kill
  • death by incineration
  • long fight to the death sequence
  • blade impalement to the brain, the broke off at hilt
  • blade impalement to the back
  • walking impalement

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 16 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • child inviting danger by disobedience, twice

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • sexual comment
  • inappropriate touch, twice
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • smoking, twice

    Offense to God (O)
  • shape shifting, several, some in long sequence
  • mockery of salvation through faith
  • torture, converts receiving the mark of the Necromonger, multiple - mockery of Scripture
  • unholy half dead, half alive beings, repeatedly
  • foretelling the future
  • "Do it [evil] for the faith"

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by throwing out of aircraft
  • murder by ripping out soul
  • suicide by incineration


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