Monday, September 9, 2013

Riddick Review - 2 Stars

Fans of “Pitch Black” and “The Chronicles of Riddick” know this character — a perfect Vin Diesel role.  As “Riddick” Diesel lets his fists to the talking, only occasionally grunting Sly Stallone style.  The earlier movies established “Riddick” as a man framed for crimes he really didn’t do, going on a murderous spree to maintain his freedom.  Let’s just say he’s an anti-hero.  Oh and he can see in the dark—but it’s been so long since I saw “Pitch Black” I forget why although it really doesn’t matter. “Riddick” begins with her hero on a vast desolate planet inhabited by flying dinosaurs and mud monsters who only comes out of the ground when it rains.  “Riddick” figures he needs to get out of here, so he sends a signal bringing two teams of bounty hunters to get him.  He plans to steal one of their ships and get outta Dodge.  Once the Bounty hunters arrive, Riddick hunts them.  Then the monsters come out of the ground and Riddick and the remaining bounty hunters hunt them or get eaten.  The movie has plenty of action and even some fun scenes.  Occasionally it goes so over the top that you can’t help but laugh.  Does it deliver what it promises?  To hard core “Riddick” fans.  Is it entertaining?  Action, violence and Shakespeare it ain't.  Is it worth the price of admission?  For the cult who follows it.