Rule the dark.
The third chapter of the sci-fi thriller saga, beginning with Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). Writer/director David Twohy returns, as does star Vin Diesel as the badass Riddick - escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. Marooned on a seemingly vacant, sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself fighting for survival against lethal alien predators.... More
The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of violent mercenaries who won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy. The second ship is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With these two unlikely forces reluctantly banding together, the odds seem in their favour – that is, until the hunted becomes the hunter…Hide
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BY Tony Stamp Flicks Writer
With Riddick, Vin Diesel & David Twohy have taken their character ‘back to his roots’, which means casting aside the mythology that polluted Chronicles, and making something a lot closer to his first go-round, Pitch Black. ... More
That film was a lean sci-fi thriller that riffed on Aliens and cast Riddick as a villain of sorts, who eventually emerged as an anti-hero. His character is problematic when he has to carry a whole film though, as it’s hard to keep rooting for a guy who acts not just like a psychopath, but also a real dick.
Riddick begins by stranding its hero on a hostile planet, leaving him to fend for himself against the elements and weird wildlife. This is the best section of the film, largely dialogue-free and with lots of alien beasties for Diesel to punch. At one point he ascends a hill in the nude for some reason, and is silhouetted against the alien moon. It’s a wonderfully silly image, like something from a Boris Vallejo painting, and sums up how the film is best when it embraces its pulp roots.
When Riddick sets off a distress signal and attracts two groups of bounty hunters, things go downhill a bit, as some ripe dialogue and downright bonkers sexual politics come into play. Still, the film continues to entertain, especially when there’s fighting and stunt work involved.
It’s been a while since our titular Furyan strapped on his goggles, and I’m not sure anyone was really clamouring for his return, but Riddick justifies its existence purely through a good sense of violent fun. If a scene where a man kicks a sword through another man’s face appeals as much to you as it did to me, you’ll find plenty to enjoy.Hide