“The Dark is Afraid of Me”: Philosophical and Anthropological Issues in the Riddick Trilogy
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Pesyakov, S. (2020). “The Dark is Afraid of Me”: Philosophical and Anthropological Issues in the Riddick Trilogy. Galactica Media: Journal of Media Studies, 2(3), 139-159. https://doi.org/10.46539/gmd.v2i3.124


Philosophical and anthropological analysis of cinematic images is a popular form of philosophical study in the modern mass culture’s field. In the context of such studies, the concept of monomyth and its methodology allowing analyzing and synthesizing the internal and external foundations of various film characters, becomes an important tool for the cultural and philosophical understanding of heroic cinematic images. The author attached the monomythic concepts and methods to the Riddick trilogy, one of the most popular characters created in the framework of fantastic cinema of the early 21st century. The study allowed us to identify three foundations that are the defining plot theme, which help to answer the philosophical and anthropological questions posed. These bases are indicated as follows: 1. Fight with the Beast; 2. Overcoming Death; 3. Home Search. The indicated triad of foundations conceptually and methodologically fits into the monomythic concept and corresponds to the system “Exodus, Initiation, Return”. In the course of the study, we will consider these stages and try to use them in the philosophical and anthropological decoding of Riddick's film trilogy.

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