Riddick – More Pitch Black than Chronicles

Riddick is the third in the franchise with Vin Diesel returning as the iconic bad ass in another Sci Fi adventure.

Riddick on throne

So after the amazing Pitch Black (2000)  came Dark Fury (2004) an animated short movie that showed us what happens to him Riddick after the first movie and to fill the gap for the next chapter, The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), shortly after its DVD releases the director’s cut was released.

You are not afraid of the dark are you?

The new movie follows on from the previous movie with Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) being left for dead on a planet that is pretty deadly to say the least, he finds himself up against countless alien predators trying to take a piece of him.

Riddick with the Hyena

He later finds an outpost and activates an emergency beacon, soon a ship arrives with a new breed of mercenaries that just want his head and another ship with a man from his past!

Now I have to say that at first glance of the trailer for the film, my mind kept screaming “REBOOT”, it felt so much like Pitch Black and I did have my doubts whether this was going to be a good film to add to the franchise.

Karl Urban and Vin Diesel

But after watching Riddick, which is directing again by David Twohy, it’s not really that bad, you get what you would expect from the character, slightly over the top slow motion sequences of him flying through the air on his brutal and very violent attacks on the men hunting him down.

Yes it does feel like the first movie, but then again it is different, OK he’s on a planet and is been hunted down by mercs and some pretty bizarre aliens, but what more would you want from the character. Do you really want to see him settling down with 2.4 children!

The Last Furyan

One thing that appealed to me during Riddick is the fact that David Twohy and Vin Diesel have taken the character that almost everyone knows and brough him back in the type of film that he was first launched with.

It has probably all those types of set action pieces you’d expect, the one liners that only the character could put across and it has a strange sense of humour and dare I say emotion in some scenes that we may not have expected.

Perhaps one thing that I would liked to have seen would have been the “Wrath of the Furyans”, a power that was picked upon more in the Director’s Cut of The Chronicles of Riddick, but I suppose as this was dropped from the original theatrical cut, it wouldn’t be in the latest movie, but you never know, maybe they have some footage on the cutting room floor!

Riddick Working That Box Office

The sci-fi action thriller took in £11.9 million domestically since Friday, with another £4.3 in foreign ticket sales, bringing its worldwide take to £16.6 million. Not a bad opening for a movie with a comparably low budget of £24 million.

Personally, I really enjoyed the movie, it may have dragged a little towards the start, but once it got going, I thoroughly enjoyed it. OK there are going to be those that hate it, some may like it and some may love it, but aren’t all movies sometimes down to the enjoyment of the viewer and their personal tastes!

Rating: 4 Stars

Director: David Twohy
Writers: David Twohy, Jim Wheat
Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff

About Karen Woodham

Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds blog an avid blogger of all sorts of interesting and odd things. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based in Rhyl, where she reviews the latest movies and is a bit of a local celebrity, a new generation of online journalist. Follow Karen Woodham on Twitter, Facebook and
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3 Responses to Riddick – More Pitch Black than Chronicles

  1. Slappy Bear says:

    I may have to give this a viewing, it certainly sounds good from the review and looks good from the trailer, nice to see a film that isn’t a horror for a change lol

  2. Rama says:

    First movie of Riddick Chronicales was a so so movie, not up to the mark. It was somehow boring and time pass. But this movies is nice and has potential to do great in overseas market also.

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