From the Variety review (they loved it):
That sets the stage for what is effectively a sleeker, more accomplished, but no less enjoyable “Pitch Black” remake, with rain substituted for darkness, and Riddick and his would-be captors once again forced to work together — or at least pretend to — if they want to make it off ‘Not Furya’ alive. And if nothing in “Riddick” ever quite tops that opening act, when it seems as though the entire movie might be a solo Diesel performance piece, even at its most conventional this is a solid, unpretentious B-movie entertainment of the sort John Carpenter was regularly turning out in the 1980s and ‘90s, populated by the kind of snub-nosed men (and women) of action favored by Carpenter’s own professed idol: Howard Hawks. To wit, Riddick nearly meets his match here in the form of Johns’ second-in-command, the steely, ass-kicking Dahl (“Battlestar Galactica” star Katee Sackhoff), who succinctly summarizes her character in two lines of dialogue: “I don’t fuck guys. Occasionally, I fuck them up if they need it.”
So… we’re pretty much in from that paragraph alone. How about you guys?
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- Movie Review: Riddick (cwtampa.cbslocal.com)
There have only been a few time this year that I have gotten to leave the theater with a giant grin on my face, Riddick was one of those times.
I spent a little bit of time reading others reviews before I started typing this up and, I won’t lie, they kind of ticked me off. Riddick is a movie that took its 40 Million dollar budget and stretched it to the absolute MAX, I also feel like this is one of Vin’s best performances to date. There is no sexism in the film…There is no horrible see through acting…there is no moment during this movie when I was bored…It’s a thrill ride. A brief summary
Act 1-Riddick is stranded on what might be his home planet and has to re-man up after becoming soft while leading the Necromongers (Riddick being the only person hard enough to ever soften up when taking over a galaxy dominating army) There is a dog in act one but it plays very well into the story and I personally got attached to the pup…think of Will Smith’s dog in “I am Legend”
Act 2-Mercs are brought to the planet and the fun begins…for the next forty five minutes the story is about the Mercs and Riddick becomes what we all love…a monster in the Darkness.
Act 3-It starts raining…I’m going to stop there on act three because I want to spoil nothing… The End-Was exactly what I wanted and had me leaving the theater with a giant grin on my face.
WARNING: This is not a happy sing along movie with a perfect hero who saves the day in the end…this is also not “A Piece of Art.” This is Riddick it’s Muddy, Bloody, Painful and as always FUN!
More information about the movie you can also find it here