Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.
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.
I found the plot in this movie to be interesting and some of the action sequences, especially in which Riddick (Vin Diesel) takes on sea monsters and alien creatures, to be captivating. It really is like an alien world as he takes on creatures never seen on this earth to be sure. They are fierce and menacing and you wouldn’t want to meet them in the dark, especially suddenly in the dark. Riddick has been left on a yellowish, scorched planet and must defend himself against the various fierce creatures. As Riddick puts it, “There are bad days, then there are legendary bad days” and he’s had a lot of those recently when the story begins. When bounty hunters arrive on the planet, one in particular brings a box along and his goal is to leave with Riddick’s head inside. As you might imagine, it won’t be quite that easy.
Regrettably, the violence in this film is strong, definitely too strong to even come close to family friendly viewing. There is a lot of bloodshed and in one scene a man is decapitated with a sword and his bloody neck muscles and insides are grossly displayed on screen. To add to this is strong language and plenty of it, including the F bomb which was uttered a lot, as well as GD and JC. The F bomb is used sexually as well and there are strong sexual innuendos not to mention full frontal female nudity. Due to the excessive content, we are unable to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.