The Chronicles of Riddick Gritty, space oriented Science Fiction almost seems dead. What’s the last great science-fiction epic you can remember? Stargate? Was that even an epic? Now Fantasy has taken center stage, leaving movies about spaceships and guys with laser pistols playing second fiddle to crotchety old wizards with big floppy hats.
I actually enjoyed the movie. Yeah could of been better. The only weakness was the mercenaries. Especially one of the main ones, who I just thought over acted the roll. Just came over annoying. And should of been eaten by the Alien creature ASAP. Basically Vin Diesel makes the movie, without him I think yeah would of been worse. The first 20-30 mins are the best , and I think they should of kept on that style. Because once the other characters are introduced the film flaws emerge. I think the other characters are weak, and then predictability starts to grind.
This is where Riddick takes a grinding left turn into something still pretty okay but unable to maintain the beauty of the first act. Two squabbling crews of mercs show up and hog the screen while Riddick just disappears. For a movie called Riddick there is a remarkable lack of Riddick in act two; whether that’s Vin Diesel being magnanimous to his co-stars or having to shoot the Fast and Furious movies that funded this indie film, I can’t tell. It almost works; Twohy’s script is like a bargain-basement Aliens, with each of the mercs getting just enough personality that I could tell them apart when Riddick starts picking them off one by one.
I have 4 children who are now in college. I signed up for Screen It when my children were pre-teenagers. Often my children would ask to see a movie with a friend and I wished I could preview the movie prior to giving permission. A friend told me about and I found it to be the next best thing to previewing a movie. The amount of violence, sexual content, or language were always concerns for me and my husband as we raised innocent kids with morals. We constantly fought the peer pressure our kids received to see films that in our opinion were questionable.
Best of all, The Chronicles of Riddick is geared toward adults. It narrowly avoids being rated R only because Twohy and his crew are so adept at treading the PG-13 line. He stuffs his movie with brutal and eye popping violence, but dodges the higher rating by minimizing the amount of blood caused by what would in other movies be scenes red with gore. The result is that he’s freer to make Riddick’s hits harder, the fights more creative, the moves more ambitious and exciting, without raising the ire of Universal executives no doubt breathing down his neck for the more family friendly 13.