Riddick (2013) Movie Review
Released : Sept.6th, 2013
Reviewed : Jan. 11th, 2014
Genre : Action / Sci-Fi
Story (from IMDB) : Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.
When the news that Vin Diesel had interest in reviving the Riddick series and that a new film was coming out it didn’t take long for me to get excited. Even after previews I was still so hyped up for this but sadly it was such a letdown on so many levels.
After waking up from being left for dead on a stray planet, Riddick has to survive against the predators already on the plan but after finding a emergency beacon and seeing two ships of people arrive both with the intent to bring him down he is tasked with even more than he asked for. Now for good measure they do throw in some flashbacks saying how Riddick ended there and who some of the people that showed up for him are. The main problem is that the story is incredibly slow and boring. I often found myself getting bored throughout the slower scenes (anything not involving action) and other than the pet Riddick has I felt no emotional connection to anyone.
It doesn’t help though that the film is dark, not a little dark but nearly pitch black (yes, I did use that purposely). They added to much black effects into the film to make it appear darker. It can be hard to see sometimes. It doesn’t help that backdrops and scenario look cheap. It looks like they filmed like this for as cheap as possible which is odd considering the fact that some of the monsters in this film look incredible with great detail. The contrast between the two make little sense. The film isn’t always the easiest thing on the eyes.
With the pretty bland set of characters thankfully their dialog is on par with that too. Most lines are laughable to say the least. There are cliches galore with Vin Diesel as Riddick giving his far share of them. Diesel does a good job as always playing Riddick but it isn’t a hard role for him to do. Essentially he is just playing pretty much every other role he has ever done. Jordi Mollà as Santana does a okay job but it boils into a generic villain role. Dave Bautista (of WWE fame) as Diaz is really just the muscle / tough guy for the role and the dream of a grand fight between him and Diesel doesn’t happen too much in this.
Action though is the films strong suit. The scenes are either really quick and drawn out or involve some crazy monsters in a grand fight. Though I found that when Riddick is fighting monsters the film is much more enjoyable than when Riddick is facing or dealing with other people. Though some scenes later in the film suffer from the dark aspect of the film. It also seems that the length of the film drags on as well. Going at just about 2 hours in length they could have easily cut some scenes out and not have affected the film at all.
Overall if you are a diehard fan of the series even this one might be a letdown. With some decent action scenes being held down by cheap production, bad acting, and laughable dialog the film just doesn’t have much going for it. From the looks of it this could be the last time we could be seeing Riddick.