Complete with spacecrafts, animals and air-bikes in an arid alien planet, Riddicka is Vin Diesel's vulnerable and vain attempt to promote himself as a sci-fic action hero. It's the story of the anti-hero, a notorious murderer and galactic fugitive Richard Riddick (Vin Diesel). The film takes off with a vulture like creature circling the sky looking for its prey. And when bird swoops to get its booty, all of a sudden circumstantially, the predator becomes the prey. This introductory shot reveals the survival of the fittest.
From thence, the next thirty minutes trudge to expose Richard
Riddick's endurance to survive in this barren wasteland, where he
lands up after being deceived by Vaako (Karl Urban). He fends off attacks by
stripped wild canines that resemble hyenas and fights carnivorous
amphibians reminiscent of giant scorpions. Riddick makes it out of
the barren desert-like landscape after taming the aboriginal
He eventually lands up and seeks refuge in an abandoned outpost.
With no other way to escape the inhospitable planet, Riddick
activates the beacon device, which alerts two groups of
mercenaries. First to arrive is Santana (Jordi Molla) and his
ruffian cronies, who jointly possess more muscle than grey cells.
Following them is Johns (Matt Nable) with his crew that includes
Dahl (Katee Sackhoff), the only woman among the testosterone-fueled
Each group has their own plans for Riddick, but with time running out, the stakes are high. Fortunately, Riddick is as unconquerable and unrelenting as ever. Continue to read Riddick Movie Review in the slideshow.
Twohy's Direction In Riddick
Director Twohy maintains a skillful command of the franchise's
narrative template throughout, but misses the opportunity to
effectively shade the characters' distinctive
Slow-Paced Narration In Riddick
There is abundant action and gore along with a bathing scene to
entice the audience, but the narration drags. The pace of the film
crawls. The mood and tone darkens as the film progresses. The
dialogues that are far between, are sharp and yet
Riddick Production Values
With great production design and background score, the film
lacks visual appeal. The CGI effects are unremarkable and the
landscape over a period of time along with the two breeds of
animals that dominate the screen time, becomes an eyesore.
Of all the characters, Molla's performance as Santana stands
out. Often cartoonish and even comical at times, he breathes the
character. Nable as Johns is nothing extraordinary. Sackhoff as the
lone woman attracts attention during the few scenes she is
Diesel - A Lone Avenging Hero
With Riddick as a lone avenging hero, Diesel seems determined
and even desperate to convince audiences that he can deliver. But
unfortunately, he could not do much to elevate the film.
Riddick - Verdict
With Diesel's slow, muscle-flexing grumpy personality and a
dragging narration, the film Riddick slumps.
Riddick Cast And Crew
Director: David Twohy
Cast: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Gerard Funk and Conrad Pla
Music: Graeme Revell
Cinematography: David Eggby
Release date: September 6, 2013