Vin Diesel’s alter ego Riddick has returned to our screens thanks to Vin getting tired of his social media buddies taunting him to give us another episode. I really wish they’d kept quiet because although he mortgaged his house to help meet the $38million budget and got beat up on a foreign planet for the sake of the audience, he really needn’t have bothered.
The first 15 minutes of the movie give us a narration by Vin Diesel explaining how he landed on this God-forsaken landscape. It follows his battle to protect and heal his broken body to battle lizard styled scorpions and befriend a hyena-like CGi alien dog. Then he finds his way to a ticket off planet Hell by attracting two sets of bounty hunter squads to an out station hoping to hi-jack a ship and head back to take out revenge on the people who marooned him. That’s where the one-liners and guts and glory fun begin. Both teams fight over Riddick’s dead or alive body hoping to secure their lives and pay-day with mixed results.
Director and Writer David Twohy has written some superb material and directed a few along the way but the mix is disturbing. While I can look at movies like The Fugitive and his past editions of Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick I’m baffled when I also see movies like Critters 2 and Waterworld in the resume. The cast deliver lines from a badly structured script that often it feels stilted like a bad edit. Even a cameo publicised as a starring role by kiwi Karl Urban simply doesn’t offer any hope from the pain.
Riddick is a mix of “The Rock” meets Schwarzenegger meets Starship Troopers. We’ve got the one liners, the buff bods and the alien splatter but sadly no script. My only concern is that the movie finishes with Riddick riding off into the sunset and that could mean more pain.
The violence, language and nudity deserve the R16 rating.
Rating: R16 Violence, sexual references and offensive language.