Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, fugitive Riddick (Vin Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he has yet encountered. His only hope for escape is to activate an emergency beacon, but that brings with it a different problem: mercenaries. The first ship carries an especially violent and lethal group; the second is led by a man from Riddick's past. With time running out, Riddick realizes that neither group will leave without his head as trophy.
Release Date: September 06, 2013
Runtime: 1 hr 58 min
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I am a fan of Vin Diesel, the Riddick character, and both Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick. As such, I was excited to see the screening of the next movie in the series. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
There are actually a lot of good things about the movie. The story returns to its roots, essentially playing out the Pitch Black theme with a change of characters and scenery, and does a relatively good job of it. The problem, however, isn't with the characters, the scenery, or the storyline. It's with what I would call trying too hard to be hardcore.
Have you ever seen some suburban kid walking around the mall trying his hardest to look, talk, and act like a "real thug"? You can't take the kid seriously and you simultaneously both pity and want to laugh at him. That's kind of what Riddick is like. While the first part of the movie moves along great, once additional characters get added to the story the film spends so much time trying to make Riddick seem hardcore, that the actually hardcore Riddick character ends up seeming like the mall kid trying too hard. Not only that, but so do all of the other characters. It comes off poorly and seriously detracts from the film.
In the same theme, it appears that the script writer went ahead and wrote the script ... then found a bucket of curse words ( especially the f word ) and threw them in as liberally as humanly possible, whether they made sense in context or not. It seriously feels like actors were yelling out curse words in the middle of sentences just to hit a specific curse-word count, it's ridiculous.
Even as a huge fan of the prior two movies, I cannot recommend Riddick for anyone. It goes out of its way to be 'hardcore' and completely misses on story and engagement, resulting in a movie that not only shouldn't be watched for it's 'mature content', but also because it flat out misses as a movie in general.1 Thank ·
Even if you did see the first film, it would be wise to do a little homework. Part of the problem might be that ‚ÄúThe Chronicles of Riddick‚Äù came out almost a decade ago, straining memory and leaving all but the most hard-core fans in the dust.
But if you‚Äôre simply looking for an ‚Äúother-worldly‚Äù mash-up of disconnected action/violence saturated with human red blood and gore and alien creatures spurting blue goo, ‚ÄúRiddick‚Äù is for you... See Full ReviewOctober 30th, 2013 · Details
What it all comes down to is that Riddick is the film you expect it to be and not much more. It's violent and occasionally cheesy, but for fans of Pitch Black and/or The Chronicles of Riddick it does what it set out to do: move the franchise forward and set the saga up for the next entry. The plot's as simple as possible, the fights are well executed, and the effects are, for the most part, worthy of a film with a budget double what Twohy and Diesel had to work with... See Full ReviewSeptember 13th, 2013 · Details
...the moral universe of writer-director David Twohy's follow-up to his two previous entries in this saga -- 2000's "Pitch Black" and 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick" -- is unrelievedly bleak. And its ethical landscape is made all the more barren by the knuckleheaded machismo to which almost everyone on screen subscribes... See Full Review
There are some stellar visuals and exciting action moments in RIDDICK, and even some overt Christian content, but the storytelling could be better and the movie contains an unacceptable combination of strong foul language, graphic violence, lewd content, and a hero who often acts out of self-interest... See Full ReviewSeptember 6th, 2013 · Details
‚ÄúRiddick,‚Äù a movie that might have been titled ‚ÄúA Diesel and his Digital Dingo-dongo Dog,‚Äù is built to mirror the signature traits of its star. Like Vin Diesel, it has bulk, lumbering clumsily along as it repeats Diesel‚Äôs greatest hits ‚Äî the ones that don‚Äôt require him to drive a fast and furious car.
It‚Äôs the third movie in Diesel‚Äôs career-making ‚ÄúPitch Black‚Äù (2000) trilogy, roughly (VERY roughly) picking up where 2004‚Ä≤s ‚ÄúThe Chronicles of Riddck‚Äù left off... See Full Review