Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff
Directed by David Twohy
Written By David Twohy, Jim Wheat
Rated R, 119 min, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In 2000, the creation of the sci-fi franchise ‘Riddick Series’ was ushered in by its premiere installment, “Pitch Black”, when the character of a convicted murderer and antihero, Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) was introduced. Riddic is from an intergalactic planet called Furya, and despite his massive muscular size, he is physically agile, shrewd, and a highly skilled survivalist. His eyes reflect his most distinct trait because they allow him to see clearly in the dark, even in pitch black. To protect them from the sensitivity of light, he wears tinted goggles.
“The Chronicles of Riddick” is the sequel, and this 2004 mega-box office failure focused more on the history of Riddick and the denizens of Furya. It shows how Riddick has defeated the Lord Marshal, czar of the religious army of Necromongers—the invaders of Furya. Being victorious, Riddick inherits the control and the helm of the Necromonger as the new Lord Marshal.
“Riddick”, the third installment, pays homage to the well-spirited machismo of Richard B. Riddick that many sci-fi fans admired in “Pitch Black”. The screenplay’s first act is a depiction of Riddick’s defining moments as the extreme survivalist while he is stranded in this arid place like that desert planet in the 1984 movie, “Dune”. Riddick calls it “Not Furya”. With that no-nonsense testosterone-fuelled adrenalin rush popularized by “Rambo”, he combats hybrid alien creatures, including zebra-dingo land animals, and giant amphibious scorpions that exhibit the dexterity of the rattle snake, cobra. In the midst of all of these spine-chilling throes, the film shows flashbacks to Riddick’s banishment as a deposed emperor of Necromongers.
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