Director: David N. Twohy
Writer: David N. Twohy, Ken Wheat and Jim Wheat
Producers: Tom Engelman
Vin Diesel as Riddick, Radha Mitchell as Fry, Cole Hauser as Johns
I mention Vin Diesel so often in my review because his character truly made this film memorable for me. Where else could you see a buff dude with silver eyes and slick sunglasses run around and knife-fight alien bat-thingies? Not sure but this film delivers on the Diesel meter full-force! Unfortunately the rest of the two-bit characters are one-dimensional at best, with a contingency of Muslims and the proverbial Obi-Wanesque guy simply getting on my nerves. However, on the whole the film did provide me with enough thrills, money shots and cool moments with Diesel to warrant a full membership to the club of enjoyment. The two elements which could have been improved upon in my opinion, include the soundtrack, which was almost non-existent and the quality of the rest of the characters in the crew. I assume that this flick was on a low budget, but that doesn’t really justify the exclusion of any other interesting characters from the mix. But don’t cry for me Argentina, cause all in all the movie delivers its punches on the targets of its choice, which include the fun special effect-laden aliens, the slick stylings of director Twohy and the charismatic performance by Vin. So if this “type” of film is your schtick, then wait no longer to catch this dark son-of-a-gun in the theatres right now. But if you’re looking for something a little different and more intellectual, I suggest that you wait a little longer and check into the two Mars movies still to come later on this year. Either way, Vin Diesel rocks!
And if not for anything else, just see this movie in order to witness a character go mano-a-mano with a friggin’ alien! Very cool!