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Riddick [DVD]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2014
It's good, not as good as The Chronicles Of Riddick, but still worth a watch, especially if you like Vin Diesel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2014
First the quality of the bluray picture is very good .but I dont know if its just me but I am finding that the special effects in films like this that are shot with a lot of greenscreen are becoming increasingly jarring .there are times in this that the effects seem no better then flash gordon .especially reminded of that with the hover bikes sequences.as for the story itself , I would skip the first twenty minutes or so and the whole riddick gets a puppy bit and go straight to the riddick needs a ride story , this where it became a lot more entertaining and nearly made me forget the first part of the movie .I feel that if they go for a fourth film that Twohy would do better to maybe just produce and hand the character over to someone with a fresh prospective. Save your money watch on netflicks or the other one , not one to watch again and again .also would like to meet the reviewer from the daily star who thought this was "the action movie of the year ".given it three stars only cos there wasn't an option to give it 2 1/2 .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
I watched this with my husband who thought that is should get 4 stars but, agrees that this is basically a rehash. I mean there are some bit (particularly near the end - I wont put in any spoilers) that are so utterly badly acted that you just got "what" and some of the ways they tie up bits of the story are just laughable. If you have seen the other films really don't waste your time but, if you have not seen Pitch Black etc. it is at best OK personally I would get Pitch Black.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
'Vin Diesel' revisits his role as 'Riddick'
When betrayed by his own, and left for dead on a seemingly desolate
planet, 'Riddick' is in fact 'ever-so-slightly alive, he sets out to
regain his strength and adjust his life to survive what is proving
to be a dangerous place to be.
Soon 'Riddick' is joined on this nowhere planet by bounty-hunters from
around the galaxy, one group wanting his 'head' the other information
first, death afterwards.
However this 'one' guy isn't gonna' roll-over anytime soon, all 'Riddick'
wants is a 'ride' off the God-forsaken Planet before things get a whole
lot worse.
(one or two interesting creatures along the way)
An enjoyable Sci-Fi adventure, with great action sequences and a heap of
impressive C.G.I (special-effects)...........great Blu-Ray and sound
quality throughout.
Extra's : 'Vin's' Riddick.......'Meet the 'Mercs'.......and 'Riddick:-
Blindside'...........Exclusive to Blu-Ray features: Both theatrical
version and 'Director's Cut( I watched the latter) also 'The Twohy Touch'
'Riddickian Tech' and the 'World of Riddick'
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2013
Riddick finally returns in a film that really has some bite to it. it has a very distinct (and rigid) three act structure that follows on from The Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black.
It spends a good half an hour watching how Riddick survives on a desolate, barren world and introduces the threat that will shape how things play out later. After that the mercs come in in two groups, one with the aim to put Riddicks head in a box and the other to catch him for reasons other than just money.
Riddick proceeds to toy with them in what I most enjoyed about the film, he's always just out of the mercs sight and uses the planet and their tools against them in a guerilla campaign to demoralise and thin their numbers.
As the film progresses it becomes more horror oriented but managed to live up to my expectations for the series and really seems to be a passionately made film aimed squarely at its fans.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
I muat say it was refreshing for an actor to want to stay true to the charecter he or she was playing vin diesal was offered a sequel to the chronicless of riddick if he did a toned down 12a version.Not only did he turn it down he waited till the rights of the film were avalible to buy amd stumped up a big chunk of his own money to create riddick.As a big action film fan i salute mr diesal for not selling out and for flying the flag for action films and heros as their are to few left or alowed to do thses sort of films because theh are frightened someone may get offended and so they can vet more bums on seats.I thought the film was good the only two draw backs i found was it started a bit slow and the story seemed very very simular to that of pitch black just with a different planet and different set of aliens.Instead of them coming out in the dark these ones come out in the rain.Those to things aside the film flowed nice after the initial slow start the action seens were brutal no nonsense toned down tosh we see in most the films these days i also like the references to pitch black and the chronicles of riddick that happen through out the film.I hope this film does well as i think with a bigger budget the special effects can be polished up a bit and i belive this film is a good template and sets up well for a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2014
Riddick is back in action, although the sequels have not quite lived up to the original. Story is pretty similar tithe first movie too. I was a bit surprised as Chronicles of Riddick was so different
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2014
People who question the success of the recent ‘Fast and Furious’ films and their star Vin Diesel, may question why he is so popular, this granite voiced man seems to be fashioned from the same stuff his larynx is made from. Perhaps they never say the first outing for his character Riddick, ‘Pitch Black’. This was a superior slice of science fiction horror, which introduced Diesel as one of the best anti-heroes the genre had seen since Snake Plissken. Fast-forward a decade (and ignore Chronicles) and Diesel is back in ‘Riddick’, the first sequel to have the tone of the original, but is it too similar?

‘Chronicles of Riddick’ ended with our glassy eyed man mountain, king of a ruthless army, but the problem with backstabbing your way to the top is that there is always someone else behind you. Riddick finds himself abandoned on a remote planet to fend for himself. He is a hard man you can sustain, but why does he get a funny feeling when it start to rain. How can the same stuff happen to the same person twice?

‘Riddick’ is almost homage to ‘Pitch Black’ in the way it is structures – a few secluded survivors must defeat an alien horde. This time the people being gobbled up are mostly mercenaries out for Riddick’s head. The interplay between Riddick and the two mercenary camps is great fun. However, at times Riddick becomes a little to evil – we don’t mind murder and mayhem from our antiheroes, but promises of rape? A little too much for us to handle.

The action is intense, but it perhaps the first 30 minutes of Riddick surviving that is the most interesting part of the film, he is a strong screen presence. The back end of the film feels a little like a poor man’s ‘Pitch Black’. It is still a very fun film, but the budget restraints mean that some of the special effects are slightly less than special; the model work is better than the CGI. Fans of action sci fi will enjoy the film, but none genre fans may find it a little misogynistic and simple.

The BluRay is the way to go with ‘Riddick’, it may highlight some of the slightly ropey CGI, but the vistas look great. The extras on the disc are good, some featurettes that have Diesel explaining how the film came about, but the extra footage is probably the best element and it is worth watching the slightly gorier extended cut if you are a fan of the universe.
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Perhaps stung by some of the criticism levelled against Chronicles, we return to the style and basic storyline of Pitch Black and Riddick is none the worse for this. What you get is entertaining Sci Fi with Vin Diesel doing what he does best. The first 20 minutes details his resurrection from the second instalment which helps give continuity.
This film is certainly not deep and meaningful, but is relatively full of action, with reasonable special effects and good characterisation by the cast. If you enjoyed Pitch Black, this should be right up your street but be aware that it contains strong language and violence.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Vin Diesel is back playing one of his greatest roles, Riddick is the third instalment to the franchise and is certainly one of the best, it goes back to its pitch black roots on a dark and desolate planet surrounded by danger at every turn, great visual look to the film, amazing effects, very violent as usual as you would expect it is certainly better going back to R rated territory, the story is very cool, great cast all round, exciting action and effects, a top Sci-Fi really worth checking out, its certainly stands apart from most of the other comical so called Sci-Fi this year!!
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