Valdosta Daily Times


September 17, 2013

Diesel gets 'Riddick'-ulous


"Riddick” (Action/Science-Fiction/Thriller: 1 hour, 59 minutes)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff and Jordi Mollà
Director: David Twohy
Rated: R (Strong violence, profanity, some sexual content and nudity)
Movie Review: If one has seen “Pitch Black” (2000), which also starred Diesel and directed by Twohy, one has also seen “Riddick.” Both films are about Richard B. Riddick (Diesel) attempting to get several people off a planet before deadly alien creatures attack them. Therefore, “Riddick” is nothing new.
After he's thought dead on a desert planet, Riddick activates an emergency beacon. Two vessels arrive on the planet. One is a group of mercenaries led by Santana (Mollà). They want the bounty placed on Riddick’s head. Boss Johns (Nable), a man wanting answers about the death of his son, manages the other vessel. Only Riddick can offer answers. These dozen people must survive each other, but they are not the major threat. Deadly creatures that only live in water areas are arriving with an approaching storm system. Riddick and the crews of the two vessels must work together to get off the alien planet.
As mentioned previously, “Riddick” is very similar to its prequel, “Pitch Black.” It easily appears to be a remake more than a new debut. This is definitely a cookie-cutter Hollywood production with stereotypical characters. Imagination is missing.
“Pitch Black” was gratifying because it was original — the first time Riddick debuted on the big screen. It had better acting and a better plot. In addition, it was more believable.
This script has weak dialogue. It is just an action film, so the use for clever dialogue is unimportant. The sad part is the moments are not action scenes one will remember. Scenes are all about making Diesel the unlikely, masculine hero when he is already the epitome of masculinity via appearance.

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