Riddick (2013) Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà Movie Review

Riddick (2013)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Vin Diesel in Riddick (2013)

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Having been left for dead on a sun drenched planet Riddick (Vin Diesel) finds himself battling for survival against the alien predators he encounters. It soon becomes apparent that his only hope of getting off the planet is to reach an emergency beacon but in doing so it will bring various mercenaries looking to claim the bounty on his head. With two lots of mercenaries showing up combined with the threat of the alien predators and then the mother of all storms forming things are going to get even tougher for Riddick.

There was an episode of "How I Met Your Mother" where Barney was concerned about his girlfriend and Ewoks and he used the Ewoks as a way of judging her age. Well you could do something similar with "Riddick" because if you think it is a great movie you were probably born after 1990 where as if it doesn't do much for you then you were born earlier. In truth you could do that with a lot of movies but due to "Riddick" being heavily reliant on the CGI enhanced looked it is a movie which will work for those entertained by effects and CGI than story.

Now that doesn't mean that "Riddick" doesn't have a storyline, in fact it has a fair bit as we have some back story, Riddick's initial survival on the planet and then the playing off of sides when the mercenaries land. But every time the movie pauses to deliver some sort of story it smothers it in effects which yes are impressive and yes will entertain some but for me end up dominating the movie to the point that the storyline ends up becoming unimportant.

What is important to "Riddick" is Vin Diesel who brings a dark menace to the role which is entertaining especially when it comes to the action scenes. Although it has to be said that the early scenes of just him combined with his narration do not work and at times reminds me of bad Shakespeare.

What this all boils down to is that "Riddick" probably is popular with the generation who currently likes effects over story but for me those days are gone and as such found it all very nice looking but not always entertaining.