119 Min | Action – Sci-Fi – Thriller | September 2013
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff
Riddick Review: As the movie begins, we see Riddick abandoned in a strange planet only inhabited by vicious predatory beasts. His will to survive is strong even in such inhospitable environment. He tames an alien dog to be his companion. Later, mercenaries come and try to take Riddick back with them for bounty. These mercenaries clearly do not know who they are up against. “Riddick” is already the third of a series that began with “Pitch Black” (2000), followed by “Chronicles of Riddick” (2004). If “Riddick” is the first one of the series you are watching, you will not really appreciate it as well as one who has seen all three. “Pitch Black” to get introduced to this unlikely lead character with the shiny eyes.
“Pitch Black” is a great science fiction film with a great story and awesome special effects. Riddick is a murderer who has special eyes which can see in the dark. He was a passenger of a spacecraft that was forced to crash land on a planet with flying predatory beasts that thrive in the dark. When an eclipse plunges the planet into pitch black darkness and the beasts come out in deadly swarms, the crew needed Riddick’s unique abilities to get them out of there. The events of “Riddick” happen about ten years after those in “Ptich Black.” Basically, “Riddick” follows the same progression of story. Riddick on a new planet with violent beasts, Riddick to interact with new human characters, Riddick fights the beasts to get out of the planet.
The most interesting facet of “Riddick” is with the character development of Riddick in the first act, from a broken man to one who rediscovers his inner animal instinct and confidence to fight and survive. We will get to meet the softer, more human aspect of this ruthless killer. These aspect elevates “Riddick” from being a one-dimensional violent sci-fi kill-fest into one of deeper meaning.