Impromptu Review of Riddick:
Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.
In terms of storyline, I would call this a novella. As an author, we often write filler stories in our series, this one of those. It is as though, we took a detour from who Richard Riddick had become as the ruler of the Necromongers. For a moment, he leaves his guard down, leaving a void for others to overtake and depose him. “You keep what you kill.” Left for dead on barren planet, seems like the perfect time to revisit the glory of Pitch Black. If I made two columns to compare Pitch Black and Riddick, I would find a similar story with: a hot blonde, a Bounty Hunter Johns, an innocent “boy” (Jack was a girl and this guy is hot young man in his early very 20s or late-teens but still very much a boy) and gross monsters with many bloody deaths. Riddick is still the star and evolving or devolving as it were as a character. We see this when he takes a wild hyena/dog as a companion and even more so at its death. (Yes, I put a spoiler in here because I was crying over that dog-thing. Don’t judge me, please.)When he left the planet in Pitch Black, Riddick found something of his humanity but in this movie, he is a whole other animal. I think that he finds his balance as an anti-hero. Riddick is the baddest man on any planet but now he shows mercy for those who deserve it. I think that is the key for him to reclaim his throne and his life. The last image sums it up but if I told you what it was, I would ruin the movie. So go ahead watch, enjoy the battles, beautiful people and alien monsters that will make your skin crawl. 🙂