Riddick – Movie Review

Riddick – Movie Review

Director: David Twohy
Writers: David Twohy (written by), Jim Wheat (based on characters created by), Ken Wheat (based on characters created by), Oliver Butcher (screenplay), Stephen Cornwell (screenplay)
Stars: Vin Diesel, Jordi Moliá, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, Karl Urban

Riddick Movie ReviewAre you afraid of the dark? Are you afraid of the boogeyman? Did you like Pitch Dark? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”–you will enjoy the new follow-up to The Chronicles of Riddick, titled simply Riddick.

Manipulation beyond his control contrives to shift Richard B. Riddick from his position as Lord Marshall of the Necromongers (at the end of Chronicles) to being alone once again on a harsh planet with vicious enough fauna to give survivalists nightmares. He comes to terms with his situation, but circumstances change, leading to Riddick’s use of a co-op merc station to summon aid using an emergency beacon. Of course, that results in two ships of mercs that are both bound and determined to capture him for the bounty still on his head. Riddick wants off the planet. And so the fun begins.

The two groups of mercs might have been able to take Riddick working together, but bickering and posturing is the order of the day. Everyone has their own agenda, including a nice plot thread back to the events concerning Jack during Pitch Black.

Eventually, the few survivors are forced into an uneasy truce of sorts with Riddick as they realize how dangerous the planet is, and they start to work together to escape, betrayals at every turn.

This was pure low-budget, cheese-filled fun. Vin Diesel’s Riddick is a fun character, his first iconic character and the one that began his massive fan-following. This script gave him a chance to shine in the role. The first half-hour is pure, unadulterated Riddick and it’s massive fun. I love him as hero, I love him as anti-hero. Heck, I loved him back when he was killing prison guards with tea cups.

The two different crews of mercs provide their own degree of fun, making fun of each other the way gangs do. It was great, too, to see Katee Sackhoff in a Private Vasquez-type role (Aliens)–too bad there wasn’t another female character for her to interact with. Although she can totally hold her own with every one of those bad boys, Riddick included.


Let me state, for the record, that the one thing lacking here was Karl Urban. There needed to be more Karl Urban. Vaako has proven himself a worthy opponent for Riddick, more of him and the necromongers would have been appreciated.

Go see it. Go see it twice. If enough people see it, maybe there’ll be more Riddick . . . .

Review By Elektra Hammond
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This was pure low-budget, cheese-filled fun. Vin Diesel’s Riddick is a fun character, his first iconic character and the one that began his massive fan-following. This script gave him a chance to shine in the role. The first half-hour is pure, unadulterated Riddick and it’s massive fun. I love him as hero, I love him as anti-hero. Heck, I loved him back when he was killing prison guards with tea cups.
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