Monday, 21 March 2016

Riddick Review


Release Date: 12th September 2013 - Australia

Production Companies 
One Race Films
Universal Pictures 
Radar Pictures
Riddick Canada Productions

Roadshow Distribution 

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable 
for Young Children)

Runtime: 114 minutes
               127 minutes 
               (director's cut)

Budget: $40,000,000

Box Office Gross: $98,337,295 

Plot Summary 
Wanted by every bounty 
hunter in the known galaxy, 
the infamous convict 
Riddick has been left for 
dead on a sun-scorched 
planet that appears to be 
lifeless. Abandoned and 
alone, Riddick soon 
becomes the prey of a 
swarm of alien predators 
more lethal than anything 
he has encountered before. 
Forced to make a life or 
death decision, Riddick 
activates an emergency 
beacon and alerts 
mercenaries to his 
whereabouts- there is 
safety in numbers! 

The first ship to arrive 
carries a new breed of 
sadistic mercy who won't 
leave without Riddick's 
head as their trophy, while 
the second is captained by 
a man whose pursuit of 
Riddick is more personal. 
What none of them 
anticipated is that when 
you corner a creature that 
is as much animal as he is 
man, you are the one who 
should be on the run.

Vin Diesel - Riddick
Jordi Molla - Santana
Matt Nable - Boss Johns
Kate Sackhoff - Dahl
Dave Bautista - Diaz
Bokeem Woodbine - Moss
Conrad Pla - Vargas
Dance Blanco Hall - Falco
Noah Danby - Nunez
Neil Napier - Rubio
Nolan Gerard Funk - Luna
Karl Urban - Vaako
Andreas Apergis - Krone

Writer/Director - David Twohy
Based on Characters - Jim and Ken Wheat
Producer/Executive Producer - Samantha Vincent
Executive Producers - Mike Drake and George Zakk
Producers - Vin Diesel and Ted Field
Co-Producers - Mike Weber and Jim Finkl
Production Designer - Joseph Nemec III
Costume Designer - Simonetta Mariano
Director of Photography - David Eggby
Stunt Coordinators - Troy Robinson and Michael Scherer
Fight Coordinator - Guillermo Grispo
Visual Effects Supervisor - Gunnar Hansen
Creature Effects Designer - Christien Tinsley
Editor - Tracy Adams
Music - Graeme Revell

Over the years, I've discovered that THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK (click here) is not entirely a good nor a bad film, I had high hopes that the third instalment RIDDICK would be a definite improvement to the already passable predecessor. I haven't seen this picture for a while and I still haven't seen PITCH BLACK which is probably the origination of the two movies that have soon followed and started Vin Diesel's stardom. I get the sense that David Twohy is trying to follow the inspirational patterns of notable franchises such as MAD MAX and STAR WARS. Because both of these franchises featured roguish types of anti-heroes that he wanted the actor Diesel to continue playing which can be very close compared with the eponymous title character just like Mel Gibson when he solemnly returned to star in two MAD MAX features as the hero he plays as Max. 

RIDDICK seems to have recycled the plot from out of the first movie and while it's good to see the story taken back to its roots, it just seems effortless and almost like film makers were just making a quick grab for cash instead of really applying their creative skills to mould a new and innovative story. 

My final thoughts with this review are that it is not completely unbearable, its just that I had higher hopes for this film and feel that it had some deficits which let down the overall quality. That's not to say others would not enjoy it.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

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