Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff
Those of you that read my review will already know that I don’t like the Riddick movies. They just bore me and I get annoyed with them. Saying that, however, I really enjoyed the recent movie. I went into that cinema screen expecting to hate it with a firey passion, but I came out thinking it was the best in the series, if I’m honest.
After the catastrophe that was The Chronicles of Riddick, I think fans were wondering how the hell this story and character could be saved. Well, they managed it. Yes, the movie was more or less retconned and we got rid of the whole Necromongers thing within the first five minutes, but it worked, so no one is complaining. (Okay, maybe I’m complaining a little, because Karl Urban was in the movie for like, 30 seconds, and I wasn’t happy about that at all.)
The story line is much more simple and enjoyable, and I don’t think you even need to have seen the previous movies to enjoy this one. One big improvement from the previous movies is the special effects – they are MUCH better this time around and completely believable in my opinion. The cast were also a big improvement, and they all seemed to work really well on screen (Katie Sackoff has been added to my YES PLEASE crush list). The Dingo Dongo that Riddick more or less adopts (and never does get named, I don’t think) just melted my heart, and Riddick looking after it was brilliant.
If I’m completely honest, the only problem I had with this whole movie was that Dahl (Sackoff) flirted back with Riddick when she would fight back against anyone else – she’s a lesbian, and she made it very clear she didn’t like guys flirtying with her, but the second Riddick opens his mouth she’s his, it seems, and I don’t like that at all. (Though, I suppose I have a cheek – I don’t date guys but if Chris Pine or Karl Urban were to flirt with me I’d probably swoon.)
Whilst I wouldn’t say this movie is a blockbuster or even in the top ten movies of this year, it’s definitely enjoyable and I think the fans will love it. This movie more or less saved the ass of this franchise, so it should be given some respect.