Riddick | Movie review

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Release date in Malaysia: September 6th 2013
Distributor / studio: Nusantara Edaran Filem / Media Rights Capital, Radar Pictures, One Race Films

Rated: 18
Genre: Sci-fi action thriller
Running Time: 116 minutes
Director: David Twohy
Writers: David Twohy, Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwell
Cast: Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff

Synopsis: Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.

Verdict: Not bad for a lower budget blockbuster. Starts off thrillingly fun with our titular hero on survival mode against alien creatures before a little game of hunting the hunters. The CGI of the creatures are only passable for its budget but their presence is very convincing (the environment/background is a bit sketchy though). After that, the script gets really lazy with overly corny dialogues and child’s play climax, failing to satisfy all the way to the end of the movie. If Vin Diesel against The Rock wasn’t enough for you, here you’d get to see him battling Batista a bit. Riddick is simple old-skool entertainment but certainly does enough to intrigue me to check out the previous two films in the Chronicles of Riddick franchise ’cause this one doesn’t tell much about the protagonist’s background and what happened in the past.

Girlfriend’s opinion: “Poor graphics but still it’s entertaining.”

Malaysian censorship: Our dear local board of censorship is back doin’ their thang, allowing all vulgarity and graphic violence but not nudity or sex. Is our sex crime rate way higher than violent assault and murder?

Rating: 3 / 5

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Favourite quote: From Riddick (Vin Diesel) to Dahl (Katee Sackoff) – “Nice toe nail polish colour.” “Thanks, it’s predator pink.” “Like the colour of your nipples.”

Plot holes: The people hunting Riddick are so incompetent, he could easily sneak in, out and top of their ships that are in the middle of a desert. Apparently even with all the futuristic advanced technology they have, intruder alert system and CCTV’s do not seem to exist here. Perhaps the biggest flaw in the script is that there’s a scene where they allow this bounty hunter idiot to kill Riddick even though they’ve already confirmed with each other earlier that without the nodes (battery-like cartridges to run their spaceships) that Riddick stolen and hid, there’s no way that any of them could leave this dangerous unknown planet.

Riddick is practically Chuck Norris in space

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  1. Astrid

    I havent'seen thsi movie nd I won't go see it either. I don't lie any of the genres it fits in w ith and your reiviw doesn't particularly convince me that htis is an exception to my perception of this.

  2. Post

    @Astrid You've gotta learn how to type before you learn how to lie, girl.

    @KianFai WWF? No, plenty of movies have an animal friend/pet that [SPOILER] dies helping the hero.

  3. Anonymous

    he is indeed a the space version of Chuck Norris haha ~ just check out the previous 2 films – Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick…

  4. James Page

    I read a review of this movie Friday morning by Kenny somebody who was reviewing for yahoo I think and now I have just read yours. In the first place I don't think people who read and/ or appreciate science fiction should review science fiction movies unless they simply and truly love movies. The guy Kenny (Griffin I believe) didn't know what he was talking about and though I think this movie could have been better (it needed a bigger budget) it was somewhat in keeping with the Riddick series though I would like to see Riddick shake up the static, entropic ridden empire he won in the last movie. I know this is not in the same class but could we begin to approach epic proportions the likes of Dune? Diesel has said he loves this Riddick series…well Vin…you are part of the heir apparent group who want to take over from Stallone/Arnold/Bruce…so lets really do it. I'm sure the next Riddick can be do much better than this one and give Riddick some supporting characters with serious kick-ass credits people who he meets and learns to trust through his encounters with them…it can be done if it's thought about and care about rightly. Stop critiquing things you don't understand…you suffer…it ain't the way!

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