Riddick – 4 out of 5
I’m a big fan of the character Riddick. I love Pitch Black, even though most people hated The Chronicles of Riddick, I enjoyed how the film took the character from a Sci-Fi/horror movie and put him into a Sci-Fi/Action film, and I was a little more than excited to see Vin Diesel return as Riddick for another go around on another violent planet that seems hell bent on murder all of the soft, squishy humans that happen to set foot on it.
|I could make a fart joke here but I won't...eh, but if I did--Nah, I won't.|
Still, it could be really easy to make one with this still...
|Some people just look more badass when restrained|
|Also, Riddick gets some sort of hyena/tiger dog thing as a pet and companion.|
While the main consensus with this film with audiences and critics is mixed, I found that I really enjoyed it. Right off the bat, like I said earlier, I really like the character of Riddick. Who doesn’t love a good anti-hero? When I first saw Pitch Black, I was enthralled with the guy because he was everything a great anti-hero was supposed to be. He rode the line of good and bad perfectly, he was sarcastic and funny, he was cold and cool and it didn’t hurt that it seemed to be the role Vin Diesel was born to play and, additionally, could see in the motherfucking dark!!! No matter what it was—The Chronicles of Riddick, the animated film Dark Fury, Pitch Black or the two video games that starred him—I was a fan of the character and that alone sold me on many of the properties he was involved with.
|Christ, what is he listening to on that ear thing? R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts?"|
It’s been nearly a decade since The Chronicles of Riddick and it feels like no time has passed. Vin Diesel still embodies the character, and the tone and atmosphere of the film looks not much different from the other films. Riddick feels like an amalgam of the two previous live-action films. There were horror (and monster) elements from Pitch Black and there was a heavy emphasis on action like in The Chronicles of Riddick. Also, like Chronicles, this film does a lot to help further establish the universe that Riddick exists in. This melding really helped create a film that felt familiar but didn’t feel completely like a rehash of the last adventures and made for a new journey for the man. Plus, it has great action and doesn't shy away from the guts and blood...so, that's a plus!
|Remember when he was the Iron Giant and made us all cry at the end of the movie?|
You're crying now aren't you. It's okay...so am I.
|You can be badass but you'll never be "fighting alien|
serpents on a mountain while it rains and lighting
strikes around you" badass.
|"Emergency Bacon Activia?" Wut? Whoops, I read that wrong. I thought|
Riddick was getting some emergency poop yogurt that tastes like bacon.
Aside from the title character, this movie does a decent job of adding in new and interesting characters to the mix. Matt Nable comes in to play a person who has a connection to Riddick’s past and helps connect this film to the first. While Nable may not have been the most dynamic of actors chosen for the role, the character itself is interesting because the drama that it creates with Riddick. Nable wasn't a terrible actor (he did his job just fine), but the character really helped the film move forward.
|Quick, take a guess who this man is...you guessed a relative of one of the creatures|
Riddick fought in Pitch Black, didn't you? Nice try. I'll give you an 'A' for effort.
|Bautista has few lines in this film...that might be the key|
to getting a good performance out of him.
(I'm kidding, Bautista...please don't kick my ass.)
|You are the harbinger of death, |
The biggest downfall with the characters, however, is that a lot of them go viciously underdeveloped and that pretty much creates a blazing, fire-red neon sign above their heads saying, “This person won’t live to the final act.” But, at least, the movie is kind enough to let us bask in the glory that is Karl Urban…
|Anytime you get Karl Urban in anything, everybody wins.|
Riddick may not be as perfect as I think Pitch Black is and it is not as overcomplicated as Chronicles was (let’s face it, as much as I enjoyed it, there was a lot of silly Sci-Fi and fantasy elements working on in that one), and the film may have some issues with the overall rushed feel and lack of balance in the film’s story but I still really enjoyed the movie and found it to be a kick-ass action film with a badass anti-hero leading the way and leaving decapitated beasts in his wake. The film is even kind enough to leave a teaser ending that suggests that Riddick's adventures aren't over.