In 2000, a sci-fi horror film, Pitch Black, hit theaters and we were introduce to a anti-hero named Riddick. Riddick became so popular that the character would get a solo story called The Chronicles of Riddick. Unfortunately, the movie was met with the best reception; but needless to say, fans wanted another movie starring Riddick Well now those fans have gotten their wish. Now in theaters is the latest installment to this sci-fi series simply called Riddick. The film looked like it was call back to what made the character great in 2000; but does this new installment succeed?
Riddick once again stars Vin Diesel as the goggle wearing Furion. After being betrayed by the Necromongers, Riddick finds himself stranded on desolate world. Surviving the elements and the world's inhabitants, Riddick comes across two groups of bounty hunters aching to collect the reward on him. However, the bounty hunters discovers that they might be getting more then they bargained for.
The story to Riddick is better then you would think. Sure the plot may drag at time, but pays off in the end. The first act features Riddick's take on Man vs Wild. Then, the second act turns Riddick into a movie slasher as he stalks the bounty hunters. Finally, the film concludes when it becomes Pitch Black 2.0. These acts go hand in hand ;making a sci-fi plot that is easy to follow and quite compelling.
There might be a cast to this film, but the star is and has always has been Vin Diesel. Vin shows that the character of Riddick has not tired as the anti-hero is just as bad-ass as he was in Pitch Black. Though we get to see a lighter side of Riddick thanks to his canine companion ;which does work for the character and the movie. The bounty hunters in this film turned out better then expected. Was there anything in depth about these characters? Not really; but they were worked well as obstacles for Riddick and they didn't seem like throw away characters. With a strong lead, a tolerable supporting cast, a cameo from Karl Urban and a lovable cg dog, Riddick features an ensemble that is fitting for this sci-fi franchise.
Like the films before it, Riddick gives us a massive sci-fi planet The desolate world captures David Twohy's direction as it stands out through its colors and interesting alien life. While the cg effects could have been better, there was enough practicality to help balance out any visual issues. The action, while not defining, certainly work in the film's favor. Though, there is one moment that will have anyone impressed; but you will have to see to the film to find out what it is.
Riddick is quite impressive. The movie delivers a compelling plot that knows how to take its time. Plus, Vin Diesel shines through as the iconic character; showing audience that Riddick has not missed a step. Riddick does its film series justice as it will certainly have fans wanting more.