Vin Diesel – Riddick (The Iron Giant, The Fast and the Furious)
Katee Sackhoff – Dahl (Battlestar Galactica, Nip/Tuck)
Dave Bautista – Diaz (WWE, The Man with the Iron Fists)
Bokeem Woodbine – Moss (The Rock, Devil, Black Dynamite) (Moss Garcia?!?!)
Jordi Molla – Santana (Colombiana, Bad Boys 2)
After the events in The Chronicles of Riddick, Riddick is abandoned on a planet full of some of the worst creatures imaginable.
I thought Pitch Black was a great movie and immediately loved the character of Riddick, as did many others. He was one of the best anti-heroes to come along in quite some time. They expanded on the character with The Chronicles of Riddick which, while still having Riddick’s mean streak, did play more like a space opera than the sci-fi horror of the first film. This upset some people, but I thought it was grand.
Now, with Riddick, they are getting back to the character’s roots and reminding us just how much of a threat he is by himself.
The film takes place a while after Chronicles. Riddick has become complacent, but after being abandoned on a desolate planet, he is forced to rediscover his primal side.
A nice chunk of the film takes place with just Riddick by himself, which was excellent. I enjoyed seeing how he adapted to his environment, and it showed how strong his character was. Most characters are paper-thin these days, so having about 15-20 minutes of Riddick solo showed how interesting he is.
Vin Diesel once again shined as Riddick. He was an intelligent smart-ass who completely dominated every scene. Even though, technically, he is the “bad guy,” he always shows more honor and has a code that rivals the “good guys.” However, he still does bad things to get the job done, and he is vicious when he needs to be. This is the role Diesel was born to play.
Katee Sackoff was outstanding as Dahl. She was more than just the token tough chick. She took no shit from the rival team of bounty hunters and frequently held her own when she needed to. I really hope she returns in future installments of the series.
David Twohy nailed it again. How does this guy not get more work? He has yet to direct a bad film in my book. He managed to incorporate all the elements of this story in an exciting way, and even though there were some slower parts, the film never felt boring.
So sad that he only pops up to direct a film every 3 years or so. The guy deserves so much better. He wrote almost everything he has directed, and each film has its own unique flair. In a perfect world, Twohy would be making more films, and Bay would be back doing music videos.
After The Chronicles of Riddick underperformed at the box office, Paramount shelved the franchise. In 2006, Vin Diesel agreed to do the cameo in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift to acquire the rights to the character of Riddick. He spent the next seven years working towards getting this film made.
I thought this was a great return to a very underrated franchise. While I do like the Fast and Furious movies, I would much rather be on the 7th installment of Riddick than Fast and Furious 7.
While I did like the more grandious sci-fi elements of Chronicles, having the series return to the more dark and violent aspects of Pitch Black was the shot in the arm they needed. This movie wore its R rating proudly and I applaud them for not backing down to a lesser rating to try and appeal to a bigger audience. Good to know some films are still being made for adults!
The movie is currently getting a beating from the critics, which baffles me. This was everything I had hoped for in a Riddick sequel.