Riddick – USA, 2013

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Riddick is a 2013 American science fiction action horror film and the fourth movie in The Chronicles of Riddick film series.

Produced by and starring Vin Diesel as the title character, it was written and directed by David Twohy, who previously wrote and directed the first two entries, Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004).

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Betrayed by the Necromongers and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction…

“Another credible and creepy world, while drawing fun – and often self-consciously OTT – support from Jordi Molla, Katee Sackhoff and Matt Nable as the mercenaries on his trail. It’s this sense of fun that makes the movie watchable – for all its obvious flaws and stupidity, Riddick consistently entertains.” Rob Carnevale, The List

“As far as the effects, both practical and visual, are concerned, Riddick looks pretty spectacular, almost like a Frank Franzetta painting come to life- extraordinary creatures and all (albeit the main alien ‘baddie’ is nowhere near as terrifying as those freaking pterodactyl/bat things from Pitch Black) and there’s a ton of great gore to go along with the look of this fantastical world including one gag in particular that should no doubt have everyone in the theatre clapping this weekend.” Dread Central

“Wisely reigning in its scope to establish and execute a minimalistic premise, Riddick puts VD back to his infectious best, delivering enough visceral thrills, narrative tension and knowing chuckles to overcome occasionally languid pacing and a representation of women that belongs in an age so dark that not even Riddick can see it.” Ben Rawson-Jones, The Digital Spy

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Riddick is at its most audacious in this opening half hour, pitting one wounded animal against a planet full of predators, including lumbering dog-like Jackals and deadly Mud Demons – Riddick’s equivalent of Pitch Black’s nocturnal nasties. It’s a back-to-basics approach which even succeeds in adding an element of warmth to the series.” Jordan Farley, SFX

” … the aliens are unscary and easily despatched, Vin’s too silent to be interesting, and the other characters – a gang of bounty hunters on Riddick’s trail – are either dull or offensive: Katee Sackhoff’s lesbian character appears to exist purely so that the male characters can threaten to rape her. Nice.” Tom Huddleston, Time Out

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