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“Maybe I went and did the worst thing of all: I got civilized.” So muses Richard B. Riddick early in the new film bearing his name. He’s ostensibly explaining how he’s come to find himself stranded on a desolate planet with a figurative knife in his back. Really, though, his words read as a self-aware statement on the downward trajectory of the first two entries in writer-director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel’s sci-fi franchise. Where Pitch Black was a simple story told well, The Chronicles of Riddick made a sincere but uneven attempt to expand said tale into a fully realized universe full of warring planets and nuanced mythos. Riddick’s first 20 minutes or so immediately signal that this a welcome return to bare-bones form. Our nocturnal antihero re-establishes himself as a primitive survivalist via a series of revitalizing acts: braving the elements, evading (and even taming) the wildlife, living off the land. Once a group of bounty hunters touch down on the planet in hopes of claiming him as their prize, he slinks off into his original comfort zone—the shadows—and Riddick begins to feel like a Nightmare on Elm Street movie in which we’re meant to root for Freddy Krueger. Storm clouds loom, venomous creatures spawn, and Riddick’s dog lures the would-be hunters into the open. This is all as awesome as it sounds, if not more so. Riddick is the best of the series thus far—not to mention the best action film of the year.
  • Genres: Action, Science fiction
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Language, Some Sexual Content/Nudity, Strong Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: B+
  • Starring: Vin Diesel [Riddick], Karl Urban [Vaako], Jordi Mollà [Santana], Katee Sackhoff [Dahl], Bokeem Woodbine [Moss], Dave Bautista [Diaz], Conrad Pla [Vargas], Raoul Trujillo [Lockspur], Nolan Funk [Luna], Danny Blanco Hall [Falco], Noah Danby [Nunez], Neil Napier [Rubio], Andreas Apergis [Krone], Keri Hilson [Santana's Prisoner]
  • Directed by: David Twohy [Director], David Twohy [Screenwriter], Vin Diesel [Producer], Ted Field [Producer], Samantha Vincent [Executive Producer], Mike Drake [Executive Producer], George Zakk [Executive Producer], David Eggby [Cinematographer], Joseph Nemec [Production Design], Tracy Adams [Film Editor], Graeme Revell [Original Music], Simonetta Mariano [Costume Designer], Anne McCarthy [Casting], Jean-Andre Carriere [Art Director], Daniel Carpentier [Set Decoration], Eve Boulonne [Set Decoration], Martine Kazemirchuk [Set Decoration], Francois Senecal [Set Decoration]
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