Director: David Twohy
Complete among spacecrafts, animals and air-bikes in an arid alien planet, ‘Riddick’ is Vin Diesel’s vulnerable and vain attempt to promote himself as a sci-fic action hero.
It’s the story of the anti-hero, a notorious cutthroat and galactic fugitive Richard Riddick (Vin Diesel).
The film takes off amidst a vulturine like creature circling the sky looking for its prey. Et Al when bird swoops to get its booty, all concerning a sudden circumstantially, the predator becomes the prey. This introductory pellet reveals the natural selection of the fittest.
From thence, the next thirty minutes trudge to expose Richard Riddick’s endurance to survive in this barren wasteland, where he lands up after being deceived by Vaako (Karl Urban). He fends absent attacks by stripped wild canines that resemble hyenas and fights carnivorous amphibians reminiscent regarding giant scorpions.
‘Riddick’ makes it out of the barren desert-like landscape after taming the aboriginal canine.
He eventually lands up plus seeks refuge in an abandoned outpost. Among no other way to escape the unsociable planet, Riddick activates the beacon device, which alerts two groups about mercenaries.
First to come is Santana (Jordi Molla) and his ruffian cronies, who jointly possess more muscle than grey cells. Following them is Johns (Matt Nable) with his crew that includes Dahl (Katee Sackhoff), the only woman amid the testosterone-fueled hunters.
Each group has their own plans for Riddick, only with time running out, the stakes are high. Fortunately, Riddick is as unconquerable and rigid as ever.
Director Twohy maintains a skillful command of the franchise’s narrative template throughout, but misses the hope to effectively shade the characters’ outstanding dimensionality.
There is abundant vortex and gore along by a bathing scene to entice the audience, but the narration drags. The pace like the film crawls. The inclination and tone darkens as the film progresses. The dialogues that are far between, are sharp and yet redundant.
With great production design and background score, the film lacks visible appeal. The CGI effects are unremarkable et al the landscape over a point of time along with the two breeds regarding animals that dominate the screen time, becomes an eyesore.
Of omnipotence the characters, Molla’s performance as Santana stands out. Often cartoonish and even droll at times, he breathes the character. Nable as Johns is nothing extraordinary. Sackhoff as the unique woman attracts attention during the fewness scenes she is visible.
With Riddick as a lone avenging hero, Diesel seems determined and even desperate to convince audiences that he can deliver. But unfortunately, he could not do much to elevate the film. With his slow, muscle-flexing grumpy personality and a dragging narration, the film slumps.
Buzz Rating: 1.5/5