WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After vanquishing the Necromonger Lord Marshall, Riddick (Vin Diesel) finds himself heir to the throne, but all is not well. Having grown weary of his new power, Riddick is lured to a hostile planet on the premise that itís his long-lost home world, Furya. Left for dead, Riddick has to adjust to his new environment, which is complicated when rival teams of mercenaries arrive looking to collect the bounty on his head.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iím probably one of the few people working a JoBlo.com that really liked THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. Was it goofy? Sure, but it was also a fun, defiantly geeky piece of sci-fi that tried its darndest to turn a quickie B-movie (PITCH BLACK) into the basis of a sprawling new sci-fi mythology. Sadly, the film was not a hit, and were it not for Vin Dieselís renewed success in the FAST & FURIOUS series, we likely would have never seen the character again.
Clearly, Diesel has a soft spot for both the genre and the character, so a full ten years after CHRONICLES, we finally get a follow-up. Having been produced with only a fraction of CHRONICLES budget, RIDDICK takes the character back to a more contained, B-movie style environment. While a big hit with fans of the franchise when it came out this fall, to me RIDDICK was a major disappointment. As much as I liked the last one, I found this almost unwatchable. Diesel is always fun, but why is RIDDICK off-screen for so long? After an intriguing opening that plays out like a bit of a hardcore modern version of ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS, Riddick become a supporting player in his own movie, with the focus shifted to a bunch of mercs that lack personality. None of the new antagonists, led by Jordi Mollŗ, seem like even a marginal threat to Riddick, and a subplot involving the Merc played by Matthew Nable- who has a connection to Cole Hauserís character from PITCH BLACK- doesnít really go anywhere. The only Merc who stands out is Katee Sackhoff, by the virtue that sheís the lone female character (and of course, no time is wasted getting her clothes off).
RIDDICK fans will be pleased that Universal has loaded the Blu-ray with extras, including an extended cut that adds about eight minutes to the already R-rated actioner. Otherwise, most of the extras are the usual EPK-style featurettes along with the now customary DVD and digital bonus copies of the film.
To me, RIDDICK is a disappointing return to the franchise, although itís a tribute to Dieselís charisma that- even still- I wouldnít mind seeing another RIDDICK, just as long as more time is spent with the Necromongers or dealing with his Furyan history. Until then, this will do for hardcore fans, but no one else.