Review Roundup: Vin Diesel Stars in RIDDICK
Vin Diesel stars in the Sci-Fi sequel RIDDICK, which opens on September 6th. The third movie in the series, following PITCH BLACK and THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, also stars Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, and Dave Bautista.
The infamous Riddick 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.
Let's see what the critics had to say:
Scott Foundas, Variety:
Having been left for dead in more ways than one after the critical and commercial failure of 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick," Vin Diesel's futuristic fugitive Richard B. Riddick gets his lean, mean, R-rated mojo back for "Riddick," an improbable but very enjoyable sequel that recaptures much of the stripped-down intensity of Diesel and director David Twohy's franchise starter "Pitch Black" (while treating "Chronicles" like the dream season of "Dallas").
Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post:
"Riddick" can be cheesy and silly, not to mention excessively violent, but it's also fun. The story moves quickly along, and even when the outcome is plain, the journey remains entertaining. Diesel looks like an oaf but makes for a winning anti-hero.
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times:
David Twohy, has smartly gone back to genre basics with this installment, which serves as an effective reboot. Gone are the silly costumes and wigs, the overstuffed plot and exotic-sounding villains like the Necromongers, the religious fanatics that Mr. Diesel's character, the escaped convict more formally known as Richard B. Riddick, once battled.