Movie Title: Riddick
Date Released: September 6th, 2013
Date Seen: September 8th, 2013
Seen With: Dad
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
I don’t care what others review say – I had a good time during this movie. Yeah, the effects aren’t the best. Yeah, there are the cheesiest and most ridiculous lines EVER. But honestly – who cares?!
This movie follows Riddick, an unspecified time after after Chronicles of Riddick. There’s a nice review of what happened in that movie at the beginning of the film and we learn how Riddick has come to this new planet. Then we see him adapting to this new planet, and then some bounty hunters coming after him. The trailer only really eludes to the bounty hunter part, but I actually really enjoyed watching Riddick exploring the planet, finding out where water was, what he could eat/do to survive, etc. The movie, because of the style, felt like three well defined parts. One was the back story/review of how Riddick came to the planet, one was Riddick adapting to the planet, and the other was the bounty hunters.
The movie was actually looking to be spectacular, up until the bounty hunters came. Once the bounty hunters got there, the cheesy ridiculous factor went up by about 10 fold. For example, the lines go from non-existent to things like “I like your toenails” “Thanks, they’re kick ass pink.” “Cool. Same color as your nipples.” Yes, you read that right. They have a conversation that involves nipples and toenail polish. And don’t worry, the cheesy amazingly hilarious one liners don’t stop (or start) there. They are just FABULOUS. Also, once people start dying,
I do suggest you re-watch or just read the synopsis of Pitch Black (here) before you go see the movie. One character is mentioned a LOT. And no, it is not Jack/Kyra. It is Johns (the bounty hunter who had previously captured Riddick). So just go back over and review what he did – which was pretty much just suggest they use Jack/Kyra as a decoy while they all got away. Obviously, Riddick didn’t go for that. But if you review that, then some elements of the movie will make more sense. It is like they tried to have a real plot – which is where they bring up Johns, but really just wanted a lot of alien hunting, which is the majority of the movie.
All in all, I’d watch this again. It’s not fabulous, but I definitely enjoyed myself watching the aliens, crappy CGI at times, hilarious one liners, and some great kills. It was a fun ride and I was happy to have seen the movie.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
So, Riddick is betrayed by Vaako, who tells Riddick that he knows the address of Furya – so he sends Riddick to an unknown planet in exchange for the necromanger throne, that Riddick won in Chronicles of Riddick. They leave Riddick on this planet for dead. He learns to survive, but after a while, notices that a giant rainstorm is coming – a rainstorm that will bring up these creatures that live buried deep down in the Earth. They are poisonous, nasty creatures that are never given a name. Riddick activates an emergency beacon in a mercenary station – which brings two sets of mercenaries to the planet. One group is hunting Riddick for the bounty, while the other group is lead by Boss Johns – ie Johns, from Pitch Black’s dad. He just wants to know wtf happened to his son.
Shit goes down. Nearly everyone dies. Riddick kicks ass. Boss Johns proves himself to be a better man than his son. The end.
If you’re a fan of the series, definitely go see it. If you like sci-fi, go see it. You just need to know what you’re getting into – hilarious one liners, bad CGI, but some awesome kills. And aliens. Those too.