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Riddick [DVD]
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94 of 107 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
Not sure why this film is getting the roasting it is. While it may not be the deepest of films, it is a superior action/SF film that more than holds its own against the competition.

I will admit straight away to liking the unloved Chronicles of Riddick, so you may want to throw up your hands in horror and walk away now. While that got slated, at least it tried to do something different to Pitch Black. Vin Diesel worked hard to get Riddick back on screen, and if nothing else it shows his commitment to the character.

The film Riddick is taking the story back to basics. The first 20 minutes are so are excellent, when you see Riddick abandoned for dead on a nameless planet, his struggle to survive and then how he rears and befriends an alien dog. After he kills an alien beast, he finds an empty outpost and entices 2 rival groups of mercenaries down on to the planet. This effectively reestablishes the character, and demonstrates why the mercenaries who are hunting him see him as such a threat.

There is an all-too-brief flashback of Riddick among the Necromongers after Chronicles, and then the main story shifts to the mercenaries, and Riddick playing cat-and-mouse with them, picking them off while using them to get transport off the planet.

A lot have people have said that Riddick is too much like Pitch Black, however for much of the film, Riddick is more like Rambo in Space, as he uses his stealth and wits to play the mercenaries against each other until he can take them on on his own terms. And the film nicely portrays the characters of the mercenaries too, so they are not just mindless grunts.

The film isn't perfect - budgetary constraints mean the FX are a bit dodgy in places, and the final sequence were Riddick fights off hordes of alien monsters IS too similar to Pitch Black for comfort. But even here they seem to have taken the original idea and revamped it, giving more thought to the ecology on the planet so it makes more sense.

Don't believe all the bad press, this is well worth seeing. And fingers crossed it makes enough money so the final 2 films will be made.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 20 August 2015
The second film in this series the Chronicles of Riddick wasn't quite the box office success studios expected (though I rather liked it) and appeared to be the end of the series. Vin Diesel however, according to the internet movie data base, agreed to make a cameo appearance in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in exchange for the rights to the Riddick franchise allowing him years later to produce Riddick independently.

Written and directed by David Twohy (who also did both Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick) Riddick draws a lot of parallels with Pitch Black's plot (no bad thing). Betrayed by the Necromonger army and left on a hostile world full of monsters to die Riddick fights for his very survival. Eventually finding a Merc outpost Riddick hits the beacon to alert nearby ships to his presence drawing in two Merc vessels both after Riddick for very different reasons. However soon the Mercs have to work together with Riddick to survive as on this planet, he isn't the only thing they have to worry about.

The first half an hour is pretty slow but really shows Riddick as a hard as nails survivor the series has always alluded him to be, despite the pace this is one of the best parts of the film in my opinion. Once the mercs show up things get a lot more exciting as Riddick plays them against each other slowly taking them out. The mercs themselves are all actually surprisingly well established showing quite a lot of personality, some of which are genuinely quite funny as they get worn down by Riddick.

Despite being made on a fairly limited budget comparitively speaking the special effects and CGI are surprisingly good. The scorpion monsters and local hyena type dogs really stand out and play an excellent part in the film as both a threat and companionship for Riddick which I would not have expected going into the film.

To sum up Riddick is a great sci-fi action adventure film that in a way takes the franchise back to basics that fans of the series should really enjoy. Last year Vin Diesel apparently tweeted about getting a sequel thanks to decent dvd/blu-ray sales if they can get the funding. I'm hoping that they do as the universe they have created still has a lot of potential to explore.

Recommended.

+ Mercs are surprisingly fleshed out, not just nameless goons.
+ Love the Riddick character.
+ Pretty good special effects.
+ Great pacing with a fairly slow start building up towards the more exciting latter half.
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'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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Our taciturn hero is back. This time dumped on some random planet which, of course, has breathable air and water! The dumper is one of Commander Vaako's lackeys, Krone, who manages to bury Riddick alive under a 100 tonnes of rock after Riddick dispatches four necromongers following an attempt to double-cross him in the wake of his obvious aversion to his new role as Lord Marshall.

Miraculously, Riddick survives the attempt with nothing worse than a broken leg, which he immediately `sets about' sorting out with, of course, the minimum of fuss. He then sets out to explore his new surroundings: not much flora but some typically nasty fauna in the form of particularly hideous things that look like the love children of a giant scorpion and the big daddy of all aliens; that designed by H. R. Giger!

But then we're not talking about Ripley, as feisty as she is, or Dallas et.al, but Riddick; the ultimate lean, mean alien killing machine, who might reasonably be regarded as a kind of fictional descendant of Lee Child's Jack Reacher.

The giant `scorpions' aren't the only animal nasties roaming about: Riddick is cornered by a pack of dogs or more accurately, hyenas on steroids! Imagine a hyena wearing `The Mask' and you'll get the picture. He escapes their fearsome fangs and captures one of their pups who accepts him as the `alpha male'.

Eventually, Riddick and pet discover evidence of human habitation in an apparently unused mercenary station. He sets off an emergency beacon, which attracts two teams in the area who land in the vicinity and proceed to argue between themselves about how best to go about hunting down Riddick and receiving the bounty. These people seem endlessly naive and beyond hopelessly optimistic; surely they must know who they're dealing with?

Despite a couple of slightly dodgy cgi moments, it looks fantastic on Blu-ray, but the plot has more than its fair share of irrationality. I won't go into details, but if you're prepared to accept these it makes for a more than an acceptable entry in the ongoing story of Riddick's journey.
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on 12 July 2015
Though it shows signs of of financial constraints compared to "chronicles", this is still a worthy successor to the first two movies.You get few extras with the main title, but that's more than some budget releases.
You get your monsters, both animal and human, your futuristic machines and weapons, your marvellous alien landscapes, and of course the eponymous Mr Riddick. It's another scenario where the harder the Mercs chase him, the harder he hunts them down and knocks them off like a one-man pack of Aliens, using whatever comes to hand in true Furyan style.
The FX and sets both digital and practical, are well up to expectations and used intelligently to get maximum milage out of them. The characterization and acting is good for a blood and thunder action movie.
If Mr Diesel would kindly make a couple more "faster" movies and get the dough to make another like this, I for one would be highly delighted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2014
Quite average really and just a re-telling of the movie which started it all (Pitch Black) Its worth a watch just because Vin Diesel brings a great performance to the screen. The Script and structure of the movie is a little lacking. Some great kills and gory scenes will keep the actions fans happy.
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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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