Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Opens September 6, 2013 
1 hr 43 min
R | Some Sexual Content/Nudity, Language and Strong Violence
Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

As invincible as Riddick may seem.  His franchise days appears to be numbered.  The latest installment starring Vin Diesel as titled character Riddick is full of action but lacking in everything else.  It's been nine years since we've seen Riddick, unfortunately time has not helped the latest film at all.

Continuing from The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Riddick is the leader of the conquering race, the Necromongers.  He longs for his home planet Furya, and with that he is tricked and left for dead on a scorching planet full of hostile life forms.  Hoping to get an easy ticket off the planet, he activates an emergency beacon from an outpost long abandoned.  The beacon however brings mercenaries looking to capitalize on the bounty on his head.  Also joining the party, is a man and his troops with a history with Riddick.  Between Riddick, the two groups after him and the hostile creatures, there is no shortage of stabbing, shooting and limb breaking.  Watching Riddick methodically take out his opponents instilling fear into the rest is what I love about him and there's no shortage of that.  New cast member Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galatica) as Dahl does a great job being flirtatious and a tough ass while easy on the eyes among the grunts.  Matt Nable also does a great job as Boss Johns who has a few questions for Riddick about his time during the first movie.  Aside from these few positives though it's all downhill.

Let's start off with Dave Batista who played Diaz.  Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) he is not.  For someone of his size and demeanor you would expect a more intimidating character.  Instead we get a mercenary who defer to others less superior than him in size.  Eventually we get a good fight scene out of him, but by then, the lackluster buildup of the character makes him nothing but easy fodder.  Next we have Jordi Mollà, who seems more in place as a Looney Tunes villain with his comical lines and short temper.  In a film such as this, with uncreative aliens, weak supporting cast, the directions it takes trying to be humorous while gritty and action packed at the same time is just the wrong fit for Riddick.

Overall, I would recommend waiting for this to come out on DVD or catching a matinee if you're a fan of the series.  For me the whole pet hound was just the icing on the cake making the movie more than a bit campy for a supposedly cold hearted killer like Riddick.  With a much smaller budget than the 2004 film, it should do well though.

Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


  • Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick
  • Jordi Mollà as Santana
  • Matt Nable as Boss Johns
  • Katee Sackhoff as Dahl
  • Dave Batista as Diaz
  • Bokeem Woodbine as Moss
  • Raoul Trujillo as Lockspur
  • Karl Urban as Lord Siberius Vaako
  • Alex Branson as Lex Branman
  • Nolan Gerard Funk as Luna

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