Riddick (2013)

Riddick (2013)
  • Time: 119 min
  • Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Director: David Twohy
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff

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 am a huge Riddick fan, but this movie doesn’t make the cut. It is basically a bad version of the first movie, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s very disappointing to wait almost 10 years for another one, only to be presented with this.

    The entire movie takes place on one planet, and basically boils down to Riddick killing the bad guys, then all of them trying to survive the alien lifeforms on the planet.

    The second movie completely blows this one away in every way. There is space travel, the evil religion element, planet conquering, prisons, prison escapes, former characters, lord marshal killing, etc… This movie has none of that… almost the entire movie is basically filmed around one little outpost.

  • The first two Riddick movies, Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, were just plain bad. The first one featured bad acting and worse CGI, and it was also really boring. The second is somewhat better from the CGI aspect, but the bad acting and boringness seem to have become a constant in the series. This year we got ‘Riddick’, and obviously I didn’t expect much (who did?), but I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. That doesn’t mean Riddick is a good movie – because it isn’t – but if I compare what I expected after the first two and what I actually got, Riddick is so much better than I expected. If they really have to make more sequels, I just hope they keep getting better, like they seem to have done up to now.

    At the end of The Chronicles, our main character Riddick (Vin Diesel) had accidentally become lord of the Necromongers. At the beginning of this movie, however, he’s lost on a deserted planet, fighting all sorts of aliens while looking for food and water. We discover he was betrayed: Vaako (Karl Urban) made him believe he’d bring him back to his home planet, Furya, in exchange for the throne. Riddick naively accepted and was left on this unknown planet. After being alone for a long time, Riddick finds a bounty hunters’ house and sends out a distress call. Two ships respond, and the hunt between Riddick and the bounty hunters begins.

    The movie’s fist act is almost perfect. Riddick, struggling to survive with a broken leg and multiple wounds, is attacked first by a pack of dog-like creatures, then by some strange scorpion-like aliens that live in water. He steals a small puppy – perhaps from the same “dogs” that attacked him? – to keep as a friend, as someone to talk to, and as someone to help him. This part also features good cinematography, some quite lovely wallpaper shots and the story is really interesting. But when the other characters enter the picture, this movie becomes a copy of Pitch Black – better, but still a copy. Although, the part where Riddick is hunting the bounty hunters while they think it’s vice versa is also good.

    The following acts contain simply too much unnecessary cursing and sexual innuendo/reference/threats/pointless half-naked scene/you name it. Apart from Vin Diesel and a brief appearance by Karl Urban, there are mostly unknown actors in the movie, and they do a fairly good job. Not that their roles were too complicated to execute, mind you. Considering the small budget Riddick had, it looks really amazing, especially the CGI and especially when compared to the previous two. And again, comparison is necessary since after the first act ‘Riddick’ becomes Pitch Black – even some of the actors look similar. While a remake can be a good idea, a remake masked as an original movie isn’t. Let’s hope the next movie in the series will be more original than this one.

    Rating: 6/10

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  • “And kid, leave God out of this. He wants no part of what happens next.”

    Never heard of Riddick or seen any of the previous films? I would recommend to move along and skip it. Briefly I assumed that this was a self-standing SF, not knowing that this was the continuation of two previous movies. Weird, I had never heard of Riddick. For me it was like reading a book written in braille. You can see that there’s something, but you can’t understand a thing from it. After 20 minutes I had no idea what was actually going on and what Riddick was talking about.

    I limit myself only to the way the movie looks and ignore the story. It would be unfair to judge the movie on that part. The images of the desolate planet where Riddick ended up ( I suppose it was actually the intention to execute him there), looked quite futuristic and menacing. Only thing what bothered me after a while was the predominant orange color. It looked like a stadium full of supporters from Holland at a World Cup football match. A sea of orange hues. The life threatening species looked stunning in terms of computer animation. Especially the hyena-like desert dogs I found a success and the relation (if you can call it that way) that Riddick had with the puppy was sometimes amusing to see. I found it a pity that it died in the end. The scorpion-like monsters that were in the mud looked convincing in close-up. Only at a distance they looked like rubber-figures.

    Riddick was a really cool figure who acted like a half-god with those glittering eyes, his apparently invulnerable body and its ability to predict the ending of certain situations. When the bounty hunters land on the planet it all became more interesting for me. Especially the figure Santana was damn well played with his boastful arrogance and condescending view towards others. The result was a few punches, especially from Dahl, on his tanned face. It’s always amusing when some annoying person gets a good spanking. The systematic elimination of the bounty hunters was entertaining and the climax was the beheading of Santana. A nicely timed and filmed moment. I didn’t think the ending was such a success and looked more like a scene from “Alien” but this time in the Sahara.

    Furthermore the hover bikes looked like an updated version from those of “Looper”. And the spaceships looked suspiciously the same as those that Zod flew in “Man of Steel”. Don’t know who stole that idea from whom.

    I wasn’t that impressed about the movie. The interaction between the bounty hunters on the one hand and the calculated and cold-blooded Riddick on the other hand were positive. I found that Riddick was sometimes an oracle who could feel how things would work out. Perhaps this was a characteristic of the Riddick himself. The biggest drawback was the lack of knowledge of the prehistory . Perhaps a brief summary at the beginning would have been an option.


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