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Riddick – 7


Director – David Twohy

Cast – Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, Conrad Pla, Danny Blanco Hall, Noah Danby, Neil Napier, Nolan Gerard Funk, Karl Urban

Release Year – 2013

Reviewed by John of the Dead

The third film in the series, Riddick is an enjoyable conclusion to a trilogy over a decade in the making.  I really enjoy Pitch Black due to its heavy creature element and nowhere-to-run scenario, and while The Chronicles of Riddick was more of an adventure film to me I am glad to say that Riddick brings the series back to the horror genre.  Left for dead on a desolate planet and battling an alien race of predators, Riddick activates an emergency beacon that alerts two ships: one carrying a team of mercenaries looking to collect the bounty on his head, and the other captained by a vengeful man from his past. With two warring parties on his tail, the real horror hits when heavy rains fall and everyone on the planet desperately tries to leave with their lives.

Writer David Twohy returns to pen this story, and much to my surprise it comes with lots of development. The first 30 minutes are spent watching Riddick explore the barren land around him and conquer deadly obstacles that stand in his way. Animal lovers will rejoice when he successfully domesticates a dingo-like puppy and the animal eventually plays a significant role in the film.  Once this long development is over it does not take long before Riddick activates the emergency beacon, on purpose with the intent of stealing the ship and finding his way home, and soon enough we have 11 additional characters when the two ships arrive.  Given the ships consist of hardened mercenaries and bounty hunters you can expect colorful characters, and these characters thankfully add positively to the story.  Twohy’s written character play between characters is fun and makes for some good chuckles at times, which is only natural considering that Riddick isn’t known for talking very much.  The story plays heavily on Riddick’s ability to outsmart the enemy and rely on psychological tactics instead of brute force to get what he wants.  Twohy did a great job of pacing the numerous different elements of the story and things really kick into high gear when the rainfall hits and a deadly menace rises from the ground.  Much action is written into the film and along with this action comes good horror and some very solid gory kills, making for a final act that I found very enjoyable.

Twohy continues to direct the series he created and his direction is about as good as ever with this piece.  The atmosphere is fantastic and the sets used envelop us into the barren wasteland.  There are numerous action scenes that were executed very well and I was glad to see live-action gore where it was possible.  A lot of the creature action was CGI but I was able to forgive most of it due to the creatures being awesome and the CGI being used for scenes that would have been hard to accomplish with live-action FX.  The acting performances were what you would expect for a somewhat cheesy film heavy in action, but none of the performances were poor and in fact the chemistry between characters was pretty good.

Overall, Riddick is a solid experience that gives us good horror in a two-hour package.  The film is also heavy in action and badassery, which makes for a pretty exciting piece that never drags and stays positive until the end.

Rating: 7/10

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  1. September 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I can’t wait to see this one. I am a huge fan of ‘Pitch Black’ and I don’t mind the second, but the third looks excellent from the trailers. I just wish that rural Wales had a few more cinema’s. 🙂

    • October 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      I really like Pitch Black! So did you see this after all? Sorry for the late response.

      • October 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        I haven’t yet but I will. Waiting on our cinemas…

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