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Riddick (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 90 | Rotten: 64

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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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 16

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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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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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.

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Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

David Twohy

Jan 14, 2014

$42.0M

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All Critics (154) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (64)

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

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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A vibrant stylistic mishmash that works brilliantly in chunks but is ultimately too scattered to sustain any cohesion.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Riddick, an alternately kick-ass and clumsy piece of sci-fi claptrap that puts its empty head down and gets the job done.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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Fans of lean, mean, testosterone-steeped sci-fi action are likely to find Riddick kind of a blast, however -- even though it offers few surprises.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie's cheap but has a sense of humor, and it's smart enough to let Riddick just get back to being a badass.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Much of the film is over-the-top, but that won't be a surprise to those who saw the previous two installments. Diesel is in fine form, growling his lines and being the most menacing person on screen even when he's in chains.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Maybe the return of Xander Cage will be better.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
The Verge

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.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

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.

December 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Too Riddick-ulous to recommend, although a few of the more outlandish effects are a hoot (gorehounds will dig what the captive Riddick does with that machete).

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Riddick turns out to be one of the most pleasantly surprising multiplex films so far this year...bizarre as it sounds, the film essentially shapes up as a quality chamber piece set in the dusty wastes of an alien planet.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

This is the real sequel to 'Pitch Black,' although it took about nine years for star Vin Diesel to accomplish it. The stories of Richard Riddick need to be R-rated fare, not the PG-13 stuff of 'The Chronicles of Riddick.'

September 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The third installment in Vin Diesel's adventures as über-badass, glowing contacts-wearing murderer Riddick begins like the original Pitch Black, then turns into something like a low-grade slasher movie with tedious Chronicles Of Riddick-like dialogue.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

Twohy gets back to basics, returning the character to his B-movie roots in a stripped-down tale of competition and survival.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Put simply, it's not a great film but it's still watchable.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

An economical and solidly entertaining film that recaptures everything that made Pitch Black such a cult favorite.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Putting the fury back into the Furyan, Riddick recaptures the stripped-back edge of Pitch Black, opting for an R-rated, back-to-basics survivalist romp that suits the character far better.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Riddick brings the character back to what people enjoyed about Pitch Black; Twohy's Diesel idolatry aside there's entertaining sci-fi action thrills to be had, once.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

"Riddick" a Bit of B-Movie Heaven

September 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

A step up from the 2004 slumber party The Chronicles of Riddick but still a few rungs down the ladder from 2000's pitch-perfect Pitch Black.

September 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

It isn't a string of polished sci-fi pearls, but it does deliver pretty much what fans expect: action, creatures, effects, dry humor, and a grown-up mix of skin, blood and language.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

I'm not sure that Riddick is an effective argument in favor of continuing Riddick's solo adventures, but it's a more fitting conclusion to his chronicles than the previous movie.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Once again, the film is so over-serious that it's faintly ridiculous, but it's packed with nerve-jangling moments.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Riddick justifies its existence purely through a good sense of violent fun.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Audience Reviews for Riddick

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.
January 28, 2014
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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.
January 15, 2014
allan913

Super Reviewer

Pretty damn awful to be honest
December 28, 2013
stuartb1234

Super Reviewer

The chronicles of Riddick continue where they left off from in the second film. I'm glad to say the powers that be have decided to get back to the roots of Riddick this time. The first film was a surprise hit and a decent alien monster survival clash. The second film then got too big for its own boots and went off the scale with over the top cheesy fantasy nonsense. This time we're back to survival mode with plenty of grit.

Now I will be brutally honest here, I'm gonna moan a lot about this film...starting right now. First off we see how Riddick was betrayed and dumped on this desolate planet, but why do that? he offered 'Vaako' the position of Lord Marshall merely in exchange for being taken to his home world of Furya, so why the need to trick him?? just take him home and all is good. I must also ask how in the hell Riddick survived that cliff fall?! it was like...a gazillion feet high!.

The planet this film is set on is a nice looking one if you ask me, very slick visuals in general but I really liked this planets design, it felt very real actually. Not too original in all fairness, your standard Tatooine type location but very realistically created. So Riddles is stuck on this planet, marooned, he manages to fix his leg which I can buy but then finds these mud pool/geyser/springs which do not contain drinkable water yet he submerges himself in one to escape some wild dog-like creatures. Isn't that kinda risky? god knows what that liquid could of done to him.

After much limping around Riddick finds some ruins (no explanation to what they are or who built them though) and he entombs himself for an unknown amount of time. Enough time for his leg to fix completely though...so that's a long time entombed without food or water, I'm confused. Once vampire Riddick emerges he eventually discovers there is more fertile land beyond these jagged rocks but he can't get there because of the mud pools and these scorpion things that live in them. There was no other way around this area? really?? no way at all!?. Although I did like the way he uses his survival skills to gradually build his immunity against their poisonous sting, inoculation 101. Low and behold once around the rocky patch and into the nicer areas Riddick finds an outpost, always an outpost, he couldn't have landed on an uninhabited planet oh no, but I guess we wouldn't have our film then would we.

The film does feel very segregated, the first half is a really neat survival concept with Riddick and his new pet doggie creature. The middle part then changes into a more standard action setup when the rather gimmick riddled 'Alien Resurrection' mercs turn up spouting much cliched crap. Boy do they try too hard with these characters, they really want this guys to be memorable iconic sci-fi characters but it kinda fails really. The merc leader seems to be Peter Stormare's love child or a low rent version, Sackhoff really tries to have an air of uber coolness about her but gives it up all too easy when Riddick flirts with her, Batista is just another ex-wrestler to move into acting playing large meatheads and why cast Keri Hilson in that cameo??. What is this modern trend of casting pop singers and ex-wrestlers when real struggling actors are forever available and can actually act because that is their actual profession.

The last half of the film descents into familiar territory as an all to easy 'Aliens' clone, well who are we kidding it basically turns into 'Pitch Black'. The ever decreasing team fight against the odds as lots of those mud pool monsters come after them during a big rain storm. Thing is how did Riddick know this would happen? I don't think he experienced this beforehand and how come there are lots of mud pools all of a sudden?. I thought we left those behind in the rocky region??.

Don't get me wrong this section of the film is fun if somewhat predictable seeing as its a rehash. The problem with this film is the plot holes and lack of a coherent story. Riddick and Johns speed off to retrieve the power cell things for the ships (on those admittedly cool hover bikes) which appears to be some distance away. After some fisticuffs shenanigans and alien battles Johns and Riddick are forced to walk back! and they do it in half the time it took them to get there!.

I guess what I'm saying is the film is very badly written and developed but it has some fantastic effects and lavish sci-fi porn. Most of the effects are CGI and you can tell, many shots are clearly live action against CGI backdrops but it still looks quite slick. The atmospheric colour palette, hover bikes, spaceships, creatures and realism of the planet are attractive to sci-fi geeks such as myself. They just let it all down with such mindless questions, errors and moments of complete ludicrousness like the death scene of one bad guy and a big knife. Oh and the sequence where the mercs all discuss opening a possible booby trapped locker by Riddick for nigh on six or seven minutes!!!! yep that's right, they stand around and talk it over for around that length.

Moan over and believe it or not I did like this film. Its silly sci-fi hokum with an array of cheese collected from various other sci-fi films (mainly its own franchise!) but it does work and it is a fun ride. Riddick is a likable lone wolf which helps a lot and its nice to see an adult orientated flick too. Its all essentially just about Riddick trying to get off world, that's it, not complicated, just needed to be a bit more original perhaps. I would have stuck with the lone survival aspect some more myself. And shame on you Twohy for giving us the old emotional pet death sequence, you know everybody chokes up on that stuff damn it!. Awww poor alien dingo doggie-like thing, Riddick would have been cool with an alien pet for future adventures.
December 23, 2013
phubbs1

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    1. Boss Johns: A stressed animal is gonna run to ground it knows.
    – Submitted by Fenky G (3 months ago)
    1. Riddick: Good color. Matches your nipples.
    – Submitted by In Your D (7 months ago)
    1. Dahl: I want to tell you something. Sweet-like.
    – Submitted by In Your D (7 months ago)
    1. Boss Johns: Reload!
    – Submitted by In Your D (7 months ago)
    1. Richard B. Riddick: You are not afraid of the dark are you?
    – Submitted by Kenny H (7 months ago)
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