The third of installment in The Chronicles of Riddick film series, Riddick is quite a treat to the lovers of Vin Diesel’s gruff and husky voice. The film not only opens with a narration of events by Riddick (Vin Diesel) but has several instances of him breaking into a monologue from time to time.
Riddick, the man with night vision and glow-in-the-dark eyes does a fine job of capturing the physical pain of nursing a broken back in the first few scenes of the film. The film has several archaic-looking creatures that want a piece of Riddick, some reminiscent of the alien creatures from Prometheus (2012). What amuses me is how can a man, who suffers from a broken back and has been under rubble for several hours/days manage to stand-up and fix his back all by himself! Anyway, we give this the benefit of doubt and also let’s assume that it’s possible because it’s Riddick here that we’re talking about.
For the longest time, the audience is kept in suspense about this exact location. The film is set in an abandoned desert-like planet with Riddick having to fend for himself amongst meat-hungry creatures. There’s a Matrix-like fight scene between him and a hungry creature, which has been shot well, but is still a blatant rip-off of the original. His confrontation with several meat-hungry creatures is what the first-half of the film is like watching a telecast of Man v/s Wild on Discovery Channel. The only difference being, the hungry creature plays the role of Bear Grylls and Riddick becomes the food/prey.
However if "going back to roots" interests you, the first-half will keep you engaged. Especially, the way Riddick tames a Dingo/Dog-like creature and makes him his loyal pet.
The film invests quite a lot of time in portraying Riddick. The question of whether Riddick is a good guy or a bad guy keeps playing at the back of the audience’s head. But as an actor, Diesel has put up a good performance in bringing out the terrifying charisma of Riddick. Trash-talking, Santana (Jordi Mollà) who plays a negative role in the film seems natural as a villain. However, the second-half of the film has a scene that seems to have been flicked out of a Rajnikanth starrer. I won’t describe it, you must watch it to believe it. The film has a couple more scenes that go beyond logic. Nonetheless, visually it has a lot to offer and a good storyline that has been decently executed.
The film is produced by Vin Diesel and is written and directed by David Twohy, who previously wrote and directed the first two installments, Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004).