Howdy people of the interweb, time for me to review a new film and today’s first film will be Riddick. I watched Pitch Black (last night) and Chronicles of Riddick (a long time ago) and I think I’m ready to review this third entry in the series. Is it good one or should the series have stayed buried in the past? Read on in this review to find out!
So when it comes to the plot in can be summarised like this:
“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.”
I thought the plot in the film was decent, it does feel like a retread of Pitch Black just updated for modern times and while that’s fine, I had hoped for more. I mean one could argue that I may be asking for a bit too much considering the series’ track record, but it’s been like 9 years since the last film, this would have been a great reason to come up with a great and interesting story to expand the Riddick mythology and I feel like what we get in this film is serviceable and has a few moments of awesomeness, but not the entire package. I like how the film starts out with Riddick picking himself up after being stranded and learning to survive alone, but after that point the film’s pacing really gets a bit patchy for me and slows down a little too much. There are points where I just wanted there to be more danger and a sense of urgency.
As for the cast they were good for the most part but I only cared about very few of the characters. Let’s start with Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick, he’s the most important person in this film and he plays his role well. He’s about as cool as he was back in Pitch Black, but not nearly as aggressive, Riddick is hardcore, laid back, funny and does a fair amount of ass-kicking and that’s what I wanted from him. Unfortunately he didn’t really evolve or become any more badass which I had hoped for by this point in the series.
Jordi Mollà as Santana was an alright villain as the main bounty hunter, he had some funny lines of dialogue but he’s one of those kind of douchebags that you don’t care if they live or not. Matt Nable as Boss Johns had a bit more layers to his character and I liked his military approach to things and when he wanted to be cool he was. Katee Sackhoff as Dahl, let me just say that she was super hotness, very pretty, that aside Sackhoff was pretty badass. She wasn’t just a pretty face, Dahl had some decent dialogue and got to kick some ass and that was nice. And lastly Dave Bautista as Diaz was decent, I was watching him closely because obviously he’s gonna be Drax in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy and his character was fine, but the role didn’t show off too much for me to judge his acting talent, but I saw glimmers of hope there so let’s hope he kills in the GotG next year. Everyone else was easily forgettable, oh besides Bokeem Woodbine he was cool!
When it comes to the presentation it is pretty good. Visually the film is very nice especially when I got to see it on a large IMAX screen, after watching Pitch Black its incredible to see how far the CGI has comes, and Riddick while not as unique as the first film does continues to have a visually distinctive style with interesting camera angles, interesting colour filters and very detailed CGI when it comes to the aliens and fancy guns. I was kind of disappointed with the amount of action and had hoped for fancier fights and action set pieces, but when the film does go hardcore and shows off its violent side it is very nice. As for the soundtrack it was alright but nothing too fancy or memorable.
In conclusion Riddick is a good film and is a return to form for the series, that being said it’s not too amazing and I was hoping for a much more involving plot and fancier action, but if you’re a fan of Pitch Black you’ll like it and I recommend it to the fans of the series.
Rating: 7/10 (Better than Chronicles and just about as good as Pitch Black)
So what did you think of Riddick? Did it meet your meet, exceed or fall below your expectations? Whatever your thoughts are drop them below and let me know.