Riddick: Your not afraid of the dark, are you?
A standard sci-fi story, owing a lot to Alien and other past sci-fi/horror flicks, but it has a lot of things going for it to make it stand out.
It has Vin Diesel's best character, a murderer with a cold heart, but smart and mysterious as well. This was back when Diesel was a promising action star, and things could have gotten better for him if he kept choosing roles like this one.
Johns: He just escaped from a maximum security prison.
Fry: Should he just stay locked up forever?
Johns: That would be my choice.
Fry: Is he really that dangerous?
Johns: Only around humans.
The story involves a spaceship crash landing on a distant planet. The people arbored the ship include a the co-pilot with a few dark qualities established at the beginning, a preacher and his sons, some more standard characters, and a prisoner who is supposed to be kept away from everyone.
Soon after landing, the people encounter the planets quirks including its three suns and creatures that only live in the darkness. Too bad for them however, that there happens to be an eclipse soon after they crash, meaning they have to find a way off the planet before they are eaten. Oh, and Riddick has escaped from his chains, so the crew have to worry about his antics as well.
Johns: Hey, I thought I said no shivs!
Riddick: You mean this? This is just a personal grooming appliance.
Whether Riddick decides to help these people or not becomes a large part of this movie, along with if he is devoted to helping or just using them to help himself. One thing is for certain, the fact that he special eyes to help him see in the dark is very cool.
The movie looks really cool, based on the some of the neat ideas the movie has with its planets.
Aside from Riddick, The character of Carolyn, the co-pilot, played by Radha Mitchell is also interesting, because she becomes a very conflicted person that grows throughout the story.
You also have Keith David, cool as always, even under pressure, as a preacher dealing with the evil on this planet.
The movie is also very well paced, with a good number of moments and some neat effects that make it very enjoyable. Still, this movie is commanded by Vin Diesel as Riddick.
Johns: How's it look?
Riddick: Looks clear.
[Johns steps forward, and a creature flies out towards them. They duck and it flies into the night]
Johns: You said it was clear!
Riddick: I said it *looked* clear.
Johns: Well, how does it look now?
Riddick: Looks clear.