Riddick isn’t the greatest movie you will ever see, but it isn’t horrible. It’s an action movie on an alien planet with Vin Diesel – I think that kind of lays out the expectations for you.
Riddick is the 3rd movie of the Riddick trilogy following the second, where Riddick becomes emperor. He is abandoned on a barely habitable planet betrayed by one of his soldiers, forcing him to get in touch with his “animal side”. Fighting wild dogs and weird mud scorpion aliens with a broken leg, Riddick finds a way to survive in the harsh environment.
The best way to describe the beginning of this movie is it’s about a man and his dog. Riddick trains a wild dog to help him survive, hunt, and be his companion. It is adorable, but very uncharacteristic of Riddick. You spend a lot of time wondering “can we get moving?”
Once a troublesome storm starts to roll in, the action packed part of the movie happens. Basically people show up to hunt him and they say dumb things like “he is just one man” and then die all over the place. There are parts that are full of gore, creative killing, and of course bad acting. I mean BAD acting! I was most unimpressed by Katee Sackhoff. It was like the director said “play Starbuck, but do a crappy job”. Seriously, over all, so bad. It was a good thing there was so much suspense and action, that you didn’t get annoyed by the acting.
Overall, it is a quality dude flick full of action, gore and inappropriate jokes. Since there aren’t too many movies out right now to see, go check out Riddick (but only if you’ve seen the other two.) And splurge for the IMAX, it’s worth it!
5 out of 11
About the Movie:
Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.
Vin Diesel, Katie Sackhoff, Karl Urban
Run time: 119 mins