The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered.
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Was hopeful, but let down - this is essentially a remake of Pitch Black with less independent charm and a tackier aesthetic. Some scenes were really fun, especially those involving practical effects, but generally it was a mess.
Don't get me wrong, these flicks aren't even in the same league but if Pitch Black were Twohy's version of Alien (the stripped down, horror-more-than-sci-fi flick) then Riddick is Aliens (the still-horrorish-but-with-more-firepower flick) and Chronicles is Alien Resurrection (the overblown and ultimately unnecessary entry in the series).
The most badass, focused, and fun entry yet. They expertly manage to develop Riddick's character more than ever before, by simply showing his relationship with an alien dog. But you'll spend the bulk of this slimmed down, self-aware pulp sci-fi sequel watching mercs and bounty hunters be hilarious, freak out, and get killed. For everyone who loves the human characters in their monster movies, this is the holy grail.
Considering that the first movie was pretty awesome and the second one was abyssmal this lands somewhere in between. Twohy has obviously taken notes on what the second movie failed at and is trying to make amends here by rehashing a lot of stuff from the first one. It's a fun but cheesy ride but ultimatelty it is a sad disappointment. Not even Diesel can capture the cool of the first outing. Here he's downright bad.
Fun entry for fans of the series. Katee Sackhoff is terrific here, sexy and tough as nails. It succeeds in being exactly what it aims to be, so if your expecting this to be anything other than a mildly entertaining sci-fi actioner rich with cheesy one-liners & cliched characters, then you need to rearrange your viewing priorities.
Odd movie structurally, as each of the three acts in its structure largely function as their own separate mini-dramas. Unfortunately, the first third (mostly silent survival tale of a man and his hyena-thing) is stronger than the second (bickering mercs with Diesel playing the role of Predator) and third (rehashing Pitch Black in more ways than one). Diesel wears the role well though, and keeps things watchable.
More back to basics with Riddick confined to one planet (and for a few minutes a starship) with characters getting killed off by aliens one by one. It has a great "survival mode" beginning where our anti-hero must try to survive alone on a planet, but weak CGI with flying bikes and a long final hour that feels like a rehash of the original drag the movie down. The swearing can't hide the lazy dialogue either.