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Should have taken the money Toombs......
on 10 January 2016
Okay, first to clear something up. This is the approx. 115min version, not the approx. 130 min "directors cut", which some people below seem to be reviewing here by mistake.(...or is Amazon up to its old trick of lumping all thevreviews in together again?)
This one takes place 5 years on from "Pitch Black". I won't reveal the plot in case you haven't seen it, but this is a fast-paced and highly stylish follow-up. Clearly this film has a much bigger budget than the first (about $120 million vs about $25 million) and it shows as a proper Hollywood sci fi adventure. Also, it got a 15 certificate, (so important to Hollywood studios) and that shows, compared to PB.
Diesel is perfect as the anti-hero good-guy, Richard B Riddick, descendant of a thought to be extinct warrior race, taking on bounty hunters and a dark religious force, enslaving planets.
Is it better than the original? Well, personally, I thought it was about as enjoyable, for slightly different reasons. Diesel seems more confident in the role here than in the first and the set pieces give him a chance to show off his (character's) fighting talents far more. The action, moving from Planet UV, to New Mecca, Crematoria and Helion Prime, also gives the film more scale than the original. I didn't think the CGI was overdone either.
Riddick's character is far less ambiguous than in the first film and I don't think "chronicles" quite has the menace or sense of danger of the original, nor, the originality, having already introduced the character in the earlier movie, but overall, I really enjoyed it.
The dvd itself contains the movie + a bunch of extras including; an interactive tour of the sets by Diesel, riddick insider facts on demand (scene specific background facts and trivia are displayed in real time as you watch the movie) and toombs case log, following the chase for riddick up to the start of the film.