Riddick is finally back in his self titled movie written and directed by David Twohy (Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick). He is left for dead on a deserted planet and must regain his strength to survive. After living in the wild, it is time for him to leave and uses an emergency beacon to attract mercenaries who want his head for bounty.
The character of Riddick, played by Vin Diesel, is an underrated film icon. Pitch Black was a great movie but it didn’t show his true colors. For most of the movie, it was Riddick battling the elements and creatures of the planet. He is a murderer and escape convict and I wish there was more of him running from mercenaries. But then again, that was just an introduction to his character.
In his second movie, Chronicles of Riddick, you see him fighting against mercenaries and a race of people called the Necromongers. As much as I liked that film, a lot of people did not agree with me. It really showed who Riddick was, a fierce warrior from the planet Furya. Unfortunately, it was a bomb that grossed $115 million worldwide and cost $105 million to make. It seemed like we will never see the character of Riddick again.
Vin Diesel listened to his fans on Facebook as they begged for another Riddick film. Diesel decided to make another film but many studios passed on the chance of making. Trying not to be discouraged, Diesel and David Twohy decided to finance the film on their own. The budget on Riddick was only $38 million which is $67 million less then their last film.
After struggling to get their film made, Riddick is finally out. I am sad to say this but I was disappointed by the direction they went with this film. I loved the first act of this film because it showed the animal instinct of Riddick and shows why he is a great character. He is living alone and in the wild trying to survive. But it started to go downhill after that.
I was expecting to see his battle it out with mercenaries but instead we got a film that was similar to Pitch Black. Once again, he goes up against a lot of alien creatures. He fights with the mercenaries for a bit but a lot of it was done in the shadows. It was great to see the mercs show fear once they saw what Riddick was capable of doing. After that, the ending was really weak and ended somewhat abruptly.
For they small budget they had, I felt the movie could have been done very differently. They focused on using a vast amount of CGI which can make any movie costly. The visual effects were good but you can tell they were working with a small budget. It would have been easier and more cost effective to use practical effects and filming locations. The film should have focused more on Riddick and his battle against society instead of creatures. But that’s just my opinion.
Although I was disappointed with much of the film, I was still able to get enjoyment out of it. Pitch Black was rated R and Chronicles of Riddick was PG-13 which upset a lot of Riddick fans. As I said, Diesel listened to his fans and made this film to get an R rating. It worked to his benefit and gave us some bloody action sequences. What I liked most about the film was his companionship with a puppy-like animal he came across in his travels. It had shown that he can actually care for something.
If you are a fan of Riddick, I think you should go see this movie but not in IMAX. There is no need to see this film in IMAX so don’t waste your money. This Riddick film had so much potential but I felt the direction they took the character was the wrong way. I was disappointed with a lot of the film but there were some elements that I did like. Diesel and Twohy may be able to redeem themselves because there is already talk of another Riddick film.
2.5/5 – Disappointing