This third installment of the Riddick franchise is much more along the lines of the progenitor of the series, Pitch Black. Action heavy with a much smaller scope, Riddick is once again marooned on a hostile barren planet filled with all sorts of deadly creatures. Sound familiar? I was actually hoping this would be more like the second movie, because Chronicles was outstanding with a flavor slightly similar to Frank Herbert’s Dune. But rather than pursuing the epic nature of the second film, Riddick returns to its roots as more of a horror/adventure movie. The plot is extremely spare, lacking the complexity that made Chronicles so compelling, but it was still fun to watch. Vin Diesel does a great job playing the lone castaway and while not as freaky as Pitch Black, there were some good scares and a richly deserved R rating. Katee Sackhoff plays yet another character like Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica and while I fear she may be permanently type cast, it is a pleasure to see her do her thing. Some of the gore felt rather gratuitous, but isn’t that why you watch movies like this? It’s fun to root for Riddick, an anti-hero who is definitely not a nice guy but is still somehow appealing, as he fights to survive a rather nasty planet. Major kudos to the designers of the creatures in this film, but I still feel this movie takes a step backwards instead of breaking new ground. – BETHANY
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“There are bad days, and then there are legendary bad days. This was shaping up to be one of those. Whole damn planet wanted a piece of me. Can’t stay in the open. Can’t risk another attack. It’s always the punch you don’t see coming that puts you down. But why didn’t I see it?”
“Somewhere along the way, I lost a step. I got sloppy. Dulled my own edge. Maybe I went and did the worst crime of all… I got civilized.”
“So now we zero the clock. Just me and this no-name world. Gotta find that animal side again.”
Surviving really is Riddick’s métier.
The wildlife on this planet is not precisely human-friendly.
This particular creature might be the best part of the whole movie.
Katee Sackhoff as Dahl. (image found at fandimefilmu.cz)
Probably not. (image found at http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com)
Well this can’t be good, but the shot looks awesome!
Ex-professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Dave Bautista as Diaz.
Boss Johns (Matt Nable) learns the harsh truth about his son from Riddick. “Didn’t know your son was a junky? Johns was like most mercs. They look all stand up and do right, until you cut them open and you find something missing. In his case, a spine.”
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