Riddick is betrayed by the
Necromongers (after becoming the
new Lord Marshall at the end of THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK) and left for dead on
a desolate planet he thinks is Furya, but he learns he isn’t on the right
world. He fights to survive and lures
bounty hunters to that world before something worse comes after him.
RIDDICK is a solid sequel to
the first two movies (PITCH
BLACK, CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK) in the series written and directed by David Twohy.
Most of the film is the sign of a strong
sequel, but the last thirty minutes feels like we have already seen it before
in PITCH BLACK with a couple of twists.
The ending under whelms, but it doesn’t undermine the film and yet it
doesn’t have the same wow factor for a climax like the first two films. I
think my favorite part of the movie has to
be the first half as RIDDICK plays out like a sci-fi version of ROBINSON CRUSOE
with Riddick in the Crusoe role. His
only companion is a wild alien dog he raises from a puppy. When the bounty hunters
get involved, I like
how Riddick plays his game with him which does recall how he seems close and
not seen unless he wants to be seen.
Katee Sackhoff is great as Dahl (and some fanboys will be happy to see
her briefly topless in one scene) while Matt Nable brings a decent presence to
man searching for answers relating to what happened ten years ago (this is
related to PITCH BLACK).
Vin Diesel is in love
with the character of Riddick. He secured the movie rights to the character
after THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK failed to perform to Universal’s expectations
in exchange for doing a cameo in FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT. He also
financed the movie himself by taking
out a mortgage on his house and so RIDDICK is a personal project for Vin. I
hope the next two movies that David Twohy
ahs planned do get made as I want to see Riddick finally get home to Furya and
set his revenge against Vaako. I want to
see a resolution to the Necromonger story as in what roles Furya has in stopping
the Necromongers (the
Lord Marshal was so afraid that a Furyan child would kill him that he went out
of his way to destroy the race) and if any more of them survive beyond Riddick
and the Purifier. RIDDICK isn’t huge in
scale like CHRNICLES OF RIDDICK, but it does reaffirm who Riddick is as he is
on a quest to find his home with questions dangling like who set a price on his
head which is doubled if he is brought in dead. This latest entry brings
something new and
something familiar, but I do think they need to take more risks like Twohy and
Diesel did with CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK.
I have seen the Unrated Director’s
Cut which adds at least
four minutes to the Necromongers flashback (which shouldn’t have been cut from
the theatrical cut) and two minutes at the end (which forms an alternate ending
which is a callback to an earlier scene in the movie and I don’t see why they
didn’t leave this in). The Director’s
Cut is the better version of RIDDICK like the Director’s Cut was the better
version of THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK which makes me think David Twohy submit
the director’s cut for theatrical release since he cuts material that makes the
film the best that it can be.
No audio commentary for RIDDICK
this time (David Twohy did
record audio commentaries for the first two movies).
THE TWOHY TOUCH (Blu-ray only)-
Cats and crew talk about the
approach David Twohy (or DT) brings to the Riddick movies).
VIN’S RIDDICK- Vin talks
about how important Riddick is to
him and his struggle to make RIDDICK (including putting a mortgage on his
RIDDICKIAN TECH (Blu-ray only)-
the production design of
Riddick from the merc ships to the jet hogs,
THE WORLD OF RIDDICK (Blu-ray
only)- what went into creating
the alien world of RIDDICK on stage from the Merc station set and the plate
photography they did in an protected area where motion picture cameras weren’t
allowed (only still cameras).
MEET THE MERCS- interviews
with the actors who play the
mercs as they talk about being cast and their characters.
RIDDICK: BLINDSIDED motion
comic which mostly covers
material that is seen in the full version of the Necromonger flashback scene
(except an additional assassin trying to kill Riddick).
Also included in the combo
pack is the theatrical cut in
standard definition on the DVD with two featurettes and the motion comic, and
the digital copy of the movie to download and stream on multiple platforms (TV,
smart phone, computer).
RIDDICK is a long overdue return to the Riddick universe – a project of
passion from actor Vin Diesel and writer/ director David Twohy. Watch the director’s
cut and skip the
theatrical cut. I wish there were more
behind-the-scenes material, but the featurettes are a solid look at the making
of this independent production. A must
own for fans of Vin Diesel and the character of Riddick.
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