Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.
If you were to make a comedy about an actor who makes cheesy sci-fi action movies, and you needed a hilarious clip of his work that underscored the awfulness of his output, just about any 30-second segment of Riddick would do the trick.
It s flavourless: the aliens are unscary and easily despatched, Vin s too silent to be interesting, and the other characters are either dull or offensive.
A hybrid of D&D adventuring, ;Pitch Black -style close quarters mayhem, and a dash of Heavy Metal for spice.
An improbable but very enjoyable sequel that recaptures much of the stripped-down intensity of Diesel and director David Twohy s franchise starter "Pitch Black."
Faithful to the template if not the spirit of previous installments, this flabby second sequel barely manages to advance Riddick s considerable personal mythology.
Twohy succeeds in staging moments both tense and funny, but they re fewer and farther between than one would hope, and the dialogue is served up with a heaping helping of cheese, especially when delivered in Diesel s low-frequency growl.
Sloppy is a kind word, actually, for the ridiculously clumsy dialogue in Riddick, the third and latest installment of the sci-fi saga.
Watching this see-in-the-dark muscleman brooding against gorgeous otherworldly vistas, all while crafting pointy homemade weapons and befriending a scene-stealing CGI canine (no joke), is a sci-fi aficionado s delight.
The CGI-created landscape is impressively rendered and detailed, there are loads of cool gadgetry and, of course, plenty of action and "ghosting" - i.e. killing.
Imagine Alien, only told from the perspective of the alien, and he s played by a movie star, and at heart he s an okay dude. A cute idea, perhaps, but kind of a wash when it comes to narrative tension.