Vin Diesel’s Riddick (2013) has a knack for survival
The idea of some highly intelligent, powerful and fast killer who is bound by a certain code is appealing.
Unlike superheroes that have supernatural powers, Riddick’s powers are the same as everyone else’s – only heightened.
Vin Diesel reprises his role in the latest installment of Riddick which our antihero is left for dead on a desolate planet. His only hope is to trigger an emergency beacon, knowing that mercenaries will eventually come to collect the bounty on his head.
About half of the film is dedicated to Riddick going feral again. His cushy position as the Lord Marshall had somehow softened his character and allowed him to be caught off guard. Alone on the planet, he studies the environment and creatures, and regains that killer instinct that once made him seem invincible to his opponents.
Then the second half of the film is dedicated to Riddick using his wits and super fast reflexes to escape the planet crawling with blood thirsty amphibian creatures. The whole film is like a mesh of Pitch Black and the Chronicles of Riddick.
Firstly, Riddick is alone on an extreme planet not unlike his last time on the big screen. Then mercenaries come for him – someone or something is always trying to kill him. Of course, when we are reintroduced to another Johns (the blue eyed devil’s father) then we start to revert back to elements of Pitch Black.
Now, I don’t want to ruin the experience by giving spoilers but let’s just say much of the story is yet to be told. For example, what happens to Dahl (Riddick’s love tease who happens to be gay); played by the luscious Katee Sachoff from SyFy Channel’s Battlestar Galactica or the necromonger that tried to have Riddick killed to begin with.
Unfortunately, Vaarko (Karl Urban) only makes a cameo but I’m sure there is a place for him if there is another film.
As I mentioned, Riddick is more of a mesh of Pitch Black and the Chronicles of Riddick. However, there are some unanswered questions that need answering. This undoubtedly creates a condition ripe for another film.