Riddick (2013)

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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.


Movie Info

Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000's hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Twohy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 2014
Box Office: $42.0M
Runtime:
Universal Classics - Official Site

Cast


as Riddick

as Boss Johns

as Vargas

as Santana

as Santana's Prisoner

as Consort
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Critic Reviews for Riddick

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

David Twohy's film is scarcely original, but the sheer survivalist grind of our hero, against comical odds, becomes appealingly mad ...

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

A vibrant stylistic mishmash that works brilliantly in chunks but is ultimately too scattered to sustain any cohesion.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If you are a fan of sci-fi, of horror, and/or of the mix of the two genres, you should find plenty to enjoy here and I recommend the film to you.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014
Forbes

Maybe the return of Xander Cage will be better.

Full Review… | January 22, 2014
The Verge

A general scuzziness and dinginess starts to creep over the picture like a mold ... soon, it's hard to get your heart-rate up over whether or not the coming wave of scorpo-aliens kill these scowling, sneering bags of man-meat.

Full Review… | December 27, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for Riddick

½

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.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

½

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.

allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

½

Pretty damn awful to be honest

stuartb1234
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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