Fans have long awaited the return of the anti-hero in ‘Riddick,’ This chapter in the series does not disappoint. In fact, this resurrection makes it abundantly clear that there would be no ‘Riddick’ without Vin Diesel. Like slipping into one’s favorite slippers, Vin Diesel strides effortlessly into the Riddick persona.
It has been eight years since fans have been able to live vicariously through their favorite anti-hero. When we last laid eyes on him in ‘The Chronicles of Riddick’ (2004), he had assumed the role of ruler. But life as the leader is not all it's cracked up to be (especially if you are a ruler of Necromongers). Believing that civilization has made him soft, he gives up his throne with promises of returning to his homeland, Furya. Instead he is dumped on a sun scorched hostile planet and left for dead.
After fighting off a pack of wild zebra/ hyena hybrids Riddick channels his inner animal and taps into his primal self. He becomes the familiar friend who’s cunning and instinct audiences know and love.
But wild animals aren’t the only enemy that Riddick must face. Two groups of mercs (mercenaries) have their hearts set on his bounty and are hunting him on the planet.
It is impossible to think of anyone else portraying the lead character in ‘Riddick.’ Vin Diesel is the epitome of Riddick’s spirit. Women swoon over the deep gravelly voice of Riddick along with his chiseled physique. After all, those night vision piercing eyes are enough to make any woman week in the knees
But this precision warrior is more than just eye candy and men will revel in his testosterone infused fighting abilities and (more than enough for any adrenaline junkie).
The cast includes, Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, and Nolan Gerard Funk.
Written and directed by David Twohy, the dialogue is pure ‘Riddick’ infused with one-liners (and great timing). The storyline is complete with an old foe (Boss Johns/ Matt Nable) as well as a familiar sci-fi babe , Katee Sackhoff (Dahl) from Battlestar Galactica. With many exciting elements woven throughout the fabric of the film, ‘Riddick’ is able to keep the audience interested and on its toes.
Fans are sure to appreciate that the return of their beloved anti-hero does not include some extensional awakening but remains true to its original premise. ‘Riddick’ is a film designed for pure entertainment nothing more and nothing less. It's just what the loyal devotees of Riddick have been waiting for.
Directed by: David Twohy
Written by: David Twohy
Based on Characters Created by: Jim & Ken Wheat
Produced by: Vin Diesel, Ted Field
Executive Producers: Samantha Vincent, Mike Drake, George Zakk
Rated: R for brief nudity, gore, violence, language
Run Time: 119 minutes