Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Matt Nable and Karl Urban
When the chains come off...you go...in the first 5 seconds.
Riddick is a true sequel to Pitch Black. We're back to simple, clear stakes storytelling surrounded by effects, action, suspense and monsters filling the runtime. As a matter of fact, the only convoluted or complexity in the film comes when trying to tie it to the previous entry, funny enough. However, that world looks a lot more appealing in its cheaper form, too. Oh and we get a Karl Urban cameo, so it can be forgiven. If Pitch Black was Alien, then Riddick is clearly Aliens.
Richard B. Riddick has been living for many years, embellishing in his Lord Marshall status among the Necromongers. Expressing his desire to return home to Furya to Vaako, an agreement is struck that Vaako will take Riddick to Furya in exchange for becoming Lord Marshall. Upon landing on what he is told is Furya, Riddick realizes he is tricked and avoids an assassination attempt while being seriously injured and left for dead on a desolate planet inhabited by deadly poisonous creatures. After nursing himself back to health and domesticating himself on the planet, Riddick finds a communication station. Realizing its time he leave in search of home, Riddick baits himself out there for bounty hunters hoping to acquire a means to transport himself away. Little does he know, his bounty is now worth double if he's dead.
Riddick has a very low budget. And while I do like a lot of the production work on the film, I can't deny that some of the cheapness did show. I even wondered during the opening Riddick of Arabia, if that's how they were saving money. Vin Diesel in front of a green screen by himself accompanied by a CG dog-thing and then have people really quick and end it. Well, I was wrong as the rest of the cast does stay for a long time. I will say while I can see some of the inexpensiveness I was really impressed with the marriage of practical work and CG. All the tech in this film just kind of makes sense. With one look you can easily understand what its for or how it works. And then I swear some of the creature work was practical too, which I dug a whole lot.
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