Movie Review: Riddick

Title: Riddick
Released: 2013
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff
Rating: 3/5

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.

Movie Review: The Chronicles of Riddick

Title: The Chronicles of Riddick
Released: 2004
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Thandie Newton
Rating: 2/5

I’m not a huge Vin Diesel fan, nor did I enjoy Pitch Black at all. However, I am a huge Karl Urban fan, and with Riddick about to be released in cinemas, I thought I should give this movie a chance – plus, I can’t complain about a movie if I haven’t seen it (look at all you Twilight haters that have never watched the movie or read the book!).

This movie just didn’t do anything for me. I found it boring, a little cheesy, and just…boring. Vin Diesel’s acting just seemed so flat, though I will say some of his one liners had me giggling. Thandie Newton as Dame Vaako just pissed me off, and in my honest opinion, the only good thing about this movie was Karl Urban in eyeliner.

The CGI was pretty bad, and I’m not going to excuse it for the year it was released – Lord of the Rings came out before it and that looks a lot more believable than these ‘monsters’. And the change in ‘Jack”s character was a bit extreme, but that’s just my opinion.

In the end, I didn’t like this film at all, and it’s put me off going to see Riddick when it’s released next week. I probably will, because I’ll go see anything with Karl Urban, but let’s face it, he’s the only good thing about it.