Critic Consensus: It may not win the franchise many new converts, but this back-to-basics outing brings Riddick fans more of the brooding sci-fi action they've come to expect.
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Critic Reviews for Riddick
He's spent the bulk of his career hiding in franchises, hypermasculinizing himself. We can live with this. But this new movie makes you wonder whether Diesel can.
David Twohy's film is scarcely original, but the sheer survivalist grind of our hero, against comical odds, becomes appealingly mad ...
A vibrant stylistic mishmash that works brilliantly in chunks but is ultimately too scattered to sustain any cohesion.
Diesel's a guy who orders everything with extra cheese. Especially his dialogue.
Audience Reviews for Riddick
The definition of "nothing to write home about": pretending way too much to be cool while being entirely predictable and set in a really fake environment. There are glimpses of decent world-building and it's overall never boring, but not particularly interesting either.
First things first, I really liked "Pitch Black", but hated "Chronicles of Riddick". "Black" was a fantastic, original sci-fi movie that when I saw in the theater, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. "Chronicles" on the other hand was a bloated sci-fi epic movie that missed the mark in a lot of ways. Here, "Riddick" goes back to it's roots and has much more in common with "Black" than "Chronicles", and that's a good thing. The plot is very basic, Riddick(Vin Diesel) has been left for dead on a weird planet. Bounty hunters show up to capture him, when they have to team up to battle some pretty crazy looking alien monster things. It has good action, and the effects aren't great(they had a low budget), but they aren't the worst I've ever seen either. As for the acting, if you were expecting award worthy performances, then you're at the wrong movie. It is what it is, which is fine. I don't think this is better than "Pitch Black", but a big step in the right direction if this franchise is going to continue. Worth a watch? Sure. It's a perfect rental if your in the mood for a sci-fi action flick.
It's an exhilarating adrenaline-rush. It goes back to the basics of the original, getting back into Riddick's dark and menacing side and just adds to the tension. It's Die Hard on a Alien planet. Vin Diesel is back in pure form as his true signature character, Riddick. Diesel brings a great physical presence as usual and delivers something unique and intimidating, and dose not fail to make him entertaining to fill two hours. It delivers enough heart-pounding action, hair-raising tension and breakneck suspense to keep your satisfied. It's not an original sequel but it does do well with what it has and is fun. Director, David Twohy's film is too recycled and dose not add anything new or unique to the table but still is thrilling and entertaining enough too keep things moving. Diesels performance as Riddick is the only thing worth noticing. Urban is in like three minutes and Katee Sackoff is gorgeous, she and Diesel have no chemistry and apparently almost plays the same character as she does in Battle star.
|Riddick:||You're all scared of the wrong thing.|
|Riddick:||Don't know how many times I've been crossed off a list and left for dead. Guess when it first happens the day you were born, you're going to lose count.|
|Boss Johns:||A stressed animal is gonna run to ground it knows.|
|Riddick:||Good color. Matches your nipples.|
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