Riddick is not a film that I should reveal a lot of information about because the nature of the plot relies on the fact that things you have come to expect will not necessarily happen in the same way nor for the same reasons you expect them to. You would, however, be terribly mistaken to expect anything less of the beloved anti-hero than the brazen predatory determination to survive at all odds that we’ve all come to know and love him for.
In the sequel to Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, you get a chance to reconnect with Richard B. Riddick and explore the many nooks and crannies of his wild-man survivalist ethics. If you’re a long-time fan of the Riddick franchise, you also get the satisfaction of drawing upon your knowledge of who he is and what he’s capable of in a way that makes you not so much a spectator from outside the story, but in a sense part of the same universe subject to the infamy and acclaim of his reputation.
Having understood Riddick’s exploits in the past, there will be times during the film where you will feel a situational awareness and a gut instinct about what’s really going on; about who to trust and how far he needs to go to survive. Riddick will draw you in by providing you insights that no other person should have about the inner feelings and weaknesses of a person believed by most to be a vicious maniacal psychopath killing machine. As an insider, you know that Riddick lets on to be more unfeeling than he really is, although in much the same reclusive way apex predators tend to be. Although his methods are questionable at times, what you come to love about Riddick is that his sense of right and wrong doesn’t bend to the expectations of others, and that we all feel a vicarious sense of personal justice and rectification when he gets what he wants.
Riddick is not the vapid summer blockbuster action film that movie-goers misguidedly try to attribute to Vin Diesel titles. It’s full of danger, intrigue, character and plot development. It’s a film that draws upon loose ends, challenges the fight-or-flight nature of real heroes and manages to stir in the deliciously entertaining appeal of man verses ruthless killing machine that science fiction lovers will be relieved to find still beating at the heart of Riddick films. The film manages to engage you with incredible visuals and action sequences without sacrificing the real and sometimes hilarious emotions inherent in people drawn into extenuating survival situations. By combining great performances by leads and extras alike with beautiful special effects and great character development, Riddick outdoes expectations by providing you more than you’d hoped for and leaving you wanting more.