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The infamous Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy, has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.
Sci-Fi Action - Like the first two films in the series, this is a sci-fi action
adventure starring showcase for Vin Diesel, but the tone is more
violent and hard edged like the first film, Pitch Black, so
those wanting a more expansive space saga like the second film,
The Chronicles of Riddick, may be disappointed, as will fans
of Karl Urban, whose return is a tiny cameo. Language, bloody
violence, and some sexuality make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 12 S-words; 3 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief full female nudity in a sexual context. VIOLENCE: Numerous bloody killings of people and creatures. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some tobacco. ACTION: Numerous fights, chases, crashes, explosions. COMEDY: Some comic lines and banter, sometimes suggestive, sometimes dark.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 83 moviegoers:
TEENS:Somewhat disappointing reviews from the guys, especially considering this is a movie targeted at males. Just over half either enjoyed it very much or loved it. Unfortunately, most of the rest only rated it as an average movie. A few even rated it below average. The two females rated it above average, indicating they enjoyed it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:These are very good, but not great reviews from the guys. About a third loved "Riddick." Half enjoyed it very much rating it above average. Twenty percent of males only rated it average. Two-thirds of the ladies loved "Riddick." A few more rated it above average. Just over 20% rated it average.
ADULTS:Once again, the male reviews of "Riddick" aren't great. Just under a third loved it with another third indicating they enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately, a full third only rated it average, which is a bit disappointing but not bad. The female reviews are slightly better, close to half loved it. A quarter rated it above average, which indicates they enjoyed it very much. The last quarter only rated it average.
Fresh off of the staggering worldwide success of his
latest entry in the Fast & Furious series, global action
superstar and film producer VIN DIESEL returns to
his breakthrough role in Riddick, the much-anticipated
new chapter of the captivating saga that began with the
hit sci-fi movie Pitch Black and the epic The Chronicles
In a dark thriller that reunites him with writer/
director DAVID TWOHY (A Perfect Getaway, The
Fugitive), Diesel reprises his role as the antihero
Riddick, a dangerous escaped convict wanted by every
bounty hunter in the known galaxy.
When last we left the infamous Riddick, he had been
crowned Lord Marshal of the Necromongers. Although
he has the world at his fingertips -- countless women
and limitless power -- this stranger in a strange land is
bored and restless. Once the duplicitous Commander
Vaako (KARL URBAN of the Star Trek series) reveals
that he knows where the elusive Furya, the long-lost
planet of Riddick's people, may be found, Riddick's
desire to find his home overrides his reservations about
Vaako. Alongside a few loyal soldiers, Riddick takes a
ship and leaves this life of comfort.
Once the ship lands upon his alleged home world -- a
sun-scorched planet that's apparently lifeless -- Riddick
is double-crossed and left for dead. Barely mobile, our
hero sees that the years of being Lord Marshal have
soft ened and dulled him. He soon begins to hone the
instincts that are his birthright and fight for survival
against predators more lethal than any human he's ever
en countered. The only way off this godforsaken rock is
per haps more perilous than staying put: He must acti vate
an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly
descend upon the planet in search of their bounty.
The first vessel to arrive carries a new breed of
merc, more lethal and violent than any Riddick's encountered before. Led by the sadistic, machete-
wielding Santana (JORDI MOLLA of Colombiana),
this crew of marauders is kept in line by Santana's
muscle, Diaz (DAVE BAUTISTA of the upcoming
Guardians of the Galaxy). Also aboard are the pious
Luna (NOLAN GERARD FUNK of TV's Aliens
in America), the trigger-happy mercs called Vargas
(CONRAD PLA of Immortals), Nunez (NOAH
DANBY of TV's Defiance), Rubio (NEIL NAPIER of
White House Down) and Falco (DANNY BLANCO
HALL of Immortals), as well as their prisoner (two-
time Grammy Award nominee KERI LYNN HILSON),
a hostage who is subjected to her captors' cruelty.
But Santana's vessel isn't the only one with
mercenaries in the game. The second craft that lands
is captained by the unflinching Boss Johns (MATT
NABLE of Killer Elite), whose hunt for Riddick is
personal. His well-armed and highly trained soldiers
include his second-in-command, Dahl (KATEE
SACKHOFF of Battlestar Galactica), a Nordic
mercenary and deadly sniper not to be crossed;
Lockspur (RAOUL TRUJILLO of Apocalypto), a
seasoned bounty hunter and expert tracker; and Moss
(BOKEEM WOODBINE of Total Recall), a mechanic
with enough good sense to fear the quarry.
Camped out in an isolated way station, the teams
are too close for comfort, and Santana makes it clear
that his first-come, first-served crew needs no help from
Johns -- who assures the thug he has no interest in his
bounty, simply time to interrogate Riddick. But when
chaos ensues outside and bodies start falling, Santana
sees that when it comes to bringing down the last of the
Furyans, two crews are better than one.
With time running out and a storm on the horizon
that no one will survive, his hunters won't leave the
planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. What
they didn't anticipate is that when you corner a creature
that is as much animal as he is man, you are the one
who should be on the run...