It’s all go round here at the moment so we’re just getting the chance to catch up on some posts that we’ve been meaning to put up for a while. So I’m gonna start off with a review of Riddick which we went to see last week.
Now I’ve only recently been introduced to the world of Riddick when the Chronicles of Riddick was on TV a few weeks ago, so I apologise if I get any facts wrong. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the ‘Chronicles’, it was action-packed, had a pretty good story line that could be understood even if you were new Riddick and had a pretty amazing cast (Vin Diesel, Karl Urban and Dame Judi Dench to name just a few). So this gave reasonably high expectations for the new film, simply titled ‘Riddick’.
So this film, the third instalment, took place on a planet that didn’t really like anyone other than its native inhabitants to stay there. Basically this film is all about Riddick trying to stay alive and ultimately get off this planet, with a few other people who also want his head in a box. Compared to the previous film ‘Riddick’ seemed to lack the scale and epic story line that I was expecting. Now I don’t know whether this was the idea, to scale it down and try to make a more intimate film exploring Riddick’s character a bit more, but I don’t think this was achieved either. I can’t say I really learnt anything I didn’t already know from the ‘Chronicles’ film. I know that as a newcomer to the Riddick world and having only seen one of the previous films I don’t really have much ground to criticise, but having talked to a friend who is a massive Riddick (and Vin Diesel) fan she agrees that it was a little bit disappointing. She said that the film in itself was good and she enjoyed it but it was just lacking something that the previous films had.
So overall as a pure action sci-fi film its pretty good, decent effects, interesting creatures and a good cast, just lacking a little spark to make it as good as its predecessors.