Sound Off: David Twohy's Sequel 'Riddick' - So What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
September 6, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" Returning to theaters is the character Richard B. Riddick, played by Vin Diesel, in the newest Pitch Black sequel titled simply Riddick directed by David Twohy (interview here). Left for dead on a barren planet, Riddick ends up hunted by a bevy of hungry bounty hunters while fending off viscous native creatures. So how is this one? Better than 2004's Chronicles of Riddick or 2000's Pitch Black, or much worse? How is Katee Sackhoff as one of the bounty hunters? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Twohy's Riddick.
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To fuel the fire, I am a huge Pitch Black fan and was excited to see this, but (as expected) it didn't top that original movie and barely lived up to its entertainment value. This new Riddick movie is admittedly fun, it has some great action scenes, it gets better as it goes on, but it just felt like another exercise in Hollywood regurgitation rather than a genuinely kick ass original sci-fi movie. First things first, the opening 30 minutes of this are very odd, where Riddick bonds with some dog for no real reason. Eventually it starts to pick up, the middle act gets a bit boring waiting for everyone to die, but the final third is awesome. I wish they had spent more time exploring the relationship between Boss Johns and Riddick, but ah well. It's still good fun.
What did you think of David Twohy's Riddick? Awesome sci-fi action or a muddled CGI mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!