‘Riddick’, the third installment in The Chronicles of Riddick film series, is a flimsy attempt to reboot the franchise – or at least it comes across as such. Director David Twohy, who penned and directed the first two films, has the ability to create an otherworldly, action-packed environment but lacks a strong story to make it an interesting chapter.
The story follows Riddick in a new setting, after a power-struggle and betrayal, who is back to basics per se. He wonders in a strange planet trying to survive not only the elements but the creatures that inhabit it. The hostile planet forces Riddick to find salvation through a group of mercenaries - that is if they don’t claim his head first. From then on, everything unravels in a restrained cat-and-mouse game.
‘Riddick’ packs the action, gore and intensity that fans expect in the action genre but unfortunately it lacks a well-developed story. The running clichés and guffaws are front and center making the entire setting of the film unbelievable – even at bit absurd at times. Vin Diesel shines in the antihero role but set against such weak premises and characters the overall illusion ends – or never really starts.
Twohy’s ideas of taking the story back to basics are impressive at the beginning of the film, but they seem like a “been-there, done-that” moment as it all develops. Not even returning characters like Vaako (Karl Urban) offer a fresh or new insight. This new chapter might not leave up to the hype of the Riddick franchise. Some fans might embrace it; others might forget it altogether.