[Movie Review] Riddick 2013 Featuring Vin Diesel

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Director: David Twohy

Writers: David Twohy, (based on characters created by) Jim Wheat and Ken Wheat

Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff.

So this is the third installment in what seems to be the unending series of the ‘Chronicles of Riddick’. They seem to be going for some Police Academy award or something (only movie heads will get that). Anyway, I went into the cinema expecting for my mind to be blown and…

Well…

Let us begin.

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Synopsis

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Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators who can simply be described with the word “eww”. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past. That’s basically it.

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The Script

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Well, here I’ll have to say the script started off beautifully. With all the action and the betrayal, and the (unnecessary) nudity and the ridiculous amount of sand in the movie, I can say it started off nice. But then it seems that the plot was lost somewhere. There are so many questions. With Riddick being able to kill himself by holding his breath and bring himself back to life at will and us not knowing if the only surviving female in the movie was a lesbian or not. I still don’t understand why they let him go in the end. Did the Bounty Hunters become friends with the Bounty Hunted? Did he take the girl? Because I didn’t see her on either ship…

Apparently, there’s also going to be a sequel to this Sci-Fi rip off of Pirates of the Caribbean. Not trying to say the script was terrible. But it could have been much better.

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The Directing

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Here’s where some horrible CGI went down and we have Riddick talking to a dog half the movie. Well what did we expect from a low budget movie. Also, those amphibious scorpions were major disgusting. But the movie was well directed. The only thing missing was proper dialogue. David Twohy needs to take a cue from Quentin Tarantino (and the rest of Marvel Studios) on the importance of witty one liners and the need for replies that actually make sense.

Forgive me for being so cynical. I expected that they would have learned from both Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick but I was wrong.

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The Acting

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Everyone delivered their roles properly. From Vin Diesel to Vin Diesel’s voice to Matt Nable to Katee Sackhoff (did we really have to see her nipples?). I don’t know, Jordi Molla’s accent put me off, but I enjoyed his acting and his expressions. He was good. I have absolutely no problems with the acting.

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The Verdict

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This movie would have been great, on its own. However, we’ve seen two movies that weren’t exactly mind blowing and we were expecting an improvement. (I know I was). That said, it didn’t meet expectations. Still a good movie though. And if you read this review with mixed feelings, imagine how I felt when I left the cinema. Meh…

So this movie gets a Popcorn and Hotdog and that’s out of pity for Vin Diesel putting his house on the line for this movie.

Sodas & Popcorn Rating3

 

 

 

Again…meh.

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