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Movie Review: Riddick

On September 11, 2013

By Rebecca McRitchie

Written and directed by David Twohy (Pitch Black), Riddick sees Vin Diesel reprising his role as the Furyan warrior with night vision, Richard B Riddick, for the third installment in the sci-fi series.

The movie opens with Riddick wounded and abandoned on a dry wasteland planet infested with alien predators. Riddick quickly realizes that he must not only adapt to survive but also lure mercenaries who are eager for the bounty on his head to him if he ever wants to escape the uninhabitable planet.

As a large portion of the movie features Riddick in survival mode, Twohy misses the opportunity to recreate the thriller aspect that made the 2000 film Pitch Black successful. The sci-fi creatures are imaginative and the CGI is done well, however, it would be more impactful to have a larger variety of alien creatures for Riddick and others to fight off. Diesel has the character of Riddick pretty much down pat but some character development wouldn’t have gone astray.

There is a lot of room for action and suspense which Riddick doesn’t quite take advantage of. The best scene in the movie involves a head in a box and audiences will find themselves wishing for more scenes like it. Overall, I give Riddick a 2 out of 5. Passionate fans will enjoy watching Riddick back on the screen but less passionate fans may find little to hold onto.

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