RIDDICK: THE REVIEW

First we had Pitch Black, that introduced in a slightly cheesy style, a new sci fi anti hero. It was dark, gritty, made on a limited budget and had some interesting characters, namely Riddick, the criminal mastermind basic walking death machine that was afraid of nothing. Out of 5 – about a 4 for me, it had some wicked deadly aliens and was a great concept made well. Then came The Chronicles of Riddick, this expanded the story to explain the back story of Riddick and brought in another evil alien race that was easily a match for Riddick. It had a very “Stargate” kind of feel to it but I loved it. Another good story, lots of fighting, spaceships, decent story and characters you cared about. Out of 5, about a 4 again for me – maybe a 3.75 🙂

 

Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk, Keri Hilson, David Twohy, Ken Wheat, Riddick, Jason King, Riddick Movie, Riddick Review
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Then we have Riddick, pretty much a remake of the first film, kind of. Riddick wakes up for dead on an Alien planet, as opposed to crashing as a prisoner, and is badly injured but this is ok – he is a bloody trooper and will re-break his leg and hold it together by basically pushing giant nails into his skin and using a splint of sorts. In this condition he will fight off some evil monsters set on destroying him and will save his bacon from giant death dogs by playing catch. He then realised the only way off the death trap is to set off a rescue beacon from a base of sorts, the catch is the base will scan all your information and send to the rescue people. Hold off, the rescue team will be two competing teams of bounty hunters determined to bring in Riddick, dead or alive.

And so follows close on two hours of planet survival, but oh wait, this planet also has death animals that are due to release when the rain comes, which must be rare as it is a dessert planet. Funny thing is, they only come at night, thank god Riddick is genetically engineered to be a night fighter. I am getting a tad cynical perhaps, but also perhaps this movie is bordering on total shit.

 

Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk, Keri Hilson, David Twohy, Ken Wheat, Riddick, Jason King, Riddick Movie, Riddick Review
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OK, I need to say some positive things, and there are a few.

1) The best thing about this film, hands down, is Riddick’s pet dog. As soon as he gets it you know what will happen. But this thing is a death dog, and the perfect partner for Riddick, they are like-minded savages bent on survival and the CGI on the dog is remarkable, I just loved it. To me this film would have been perfect without other people in it. Why not make it a Riddick survival film with him and a pet dog on the most dangerous planet of hell in the galaxy. This part of the story reminded me a little bit of the Drizyt stories – I think they were Forgotten Realms books and one of the best series of books I have ever read.

2) Kara Thrace, OK, her real name is Katee Sackhoff and she plays Dahl in this. But I am a huge Battlestar Galactica fan and she was brilliant in it. She plays the female-with-balls character that can take on any man and is like the more educated Michelle Rodriguez, I just love her. She is great in this film and clearly stands out as a character.

 

Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk, Keri Hilson, David Twohy, Ken Wheat, Riddick, Jason King, Riddick Movie, Riddick Review
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3) Aliens – if anything, the Riddick films can do aliens. And they do them well, always pure evil single minded creatures with one thing on their mind – destruction and death to anything that has meat on them. Mostly us. I love the designs of the aliens they use and they always are terrifying – win for team Riddick.

And that’s where it ends ladies and gentleman.

The rest of this film is just shit. The script is just atrocious – the lines in this film come across as pure comedy and the character of Riddick does not come across as an anti hero in this one, he comes across as a pure unbridled wanker. Tool Class A. There is a scene where he gets naked, climbs to the top of a peak and surveys this new planet – they built it up more like the author did in the bible when Jesus comes back from the dead, the entire cinema burst into laughter. Add to that the dialogue between Riddick and Dahl, and bile was coming up my throat. The way Riddick speaks to his captors is like Arnie speaking to his captor/ torturer in True Lies when he is on truth serum. He explains how they will die. But in this Riddick is deadly serious and I was laughing at the film a lot by this stage. Seeing this scene come to fruition though had me nearly crying with laughter, it did have a good comical completion.

 

Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk, Keri Hilson, David Twohy, Ken Wheat, Riddick, Jason King, Riddick Movie, Riddick Review
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I feel the biggest let down for the film was that it either took things too serious or it didn’t take things serious enough – it mish mashed between the two and should have selected one or the other.

Whereas I watch Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick occasionally as a guilty pleasure – I will not be watching this one again – HUGE letdown and in my opinion pretty much rubbish. I do hope it makes its money back though, as Diesel has put everything on the line for this one, including his house. Riddick is out now, could have benefitted from a 3D treatment and if you do plan on seeing it aim for the biggest cinema with the loudest sound system.

 

2 Pops