Directed by David Twohy
Written by David Twohy
Based on Characters by Jim Wheat & Ken Wheat
Starring: Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo and Karl Urban
Amazing! Vin Diesel returns bringing back the character of Richard B. Riddick, murderer. This movie picks up five years after the Chronicles of Riddick left off. Riddick is the Lord Marshall of the Necromonger fleet, but his need to see his homeland Furya and uneasiness with the Necromonger fleet drives him to make a pact with Vaako, played by Karl Urban, that leaves him stranded on a planet where pretty much everything want’s him dead. But as falls, creatures more fearful than him come hunting.
Before you watch this movie be sure to watch Pitch Black beforehand, seriously, have yourself a mini movie marathon. What makes this movie so successful is the story and the character Riddick. As king the man is not happy, does not want to be a part of the crazy religion, but is the king anyway. But that power has done something to Riddick, it made him sloppy, took away his animal side, the side that made his character so powerful in the previous two movies.
Similar to the first movie he his trapped on a planet where darkness and rain equate to death, but unlike Pitch Black a semblance of light will not save them. These creatures are deadly and quite unstoppable. But whats more someone on the planet is seeking answers from Riddick’s past. Now that was a plot twist I did not see coming that really connected it to the beginning and made this story come full circle.
The story moved effortlessly, and what’s important is it had a story. It had characters that made you root for them, like Katee Sackhoff who was simply freaking amazing. And then it had those heartfelt moments, like the moments with him and his dog. Those were incredibly powerful moments in the film and brought out the humanity in Riddick as well as the inhumanity of those bounty hunters who are not in touch with their primitive sides, or so they claim. It was seriously a touching and beautiful moment in the film that really gave it a lot of depth, well that gave the character of Riddick even more depth than just being that anti-hero we love so much. I mean really is there anything more special than a man and his dog? Cheesy as it may seem, it was a wonderful addition to the story that did not subtract from the overall plot.
Honestly, a great movie. Can we get a sequel please with ore Vaako though, because Karl Urban is simply amazing. Fourth installment please.★★★☆ (A)