For Riddick, Diesel again brought in the creative team behind all the Riddick films, writer and director David Twohy (most well-known for the disaster that was Waterworld). The film is cast with various unfamiliar faces, with the notable exceptions of Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck from SyFy's Battlestar Galactica) and Bokeem Woodbine.
The latest Riddick film has a sense of being very deliberately created to try and replicate the feeling of the first film. There are lot of scenes with just Riddick and a digitally created dog surrogate (which sort of looks like a cross between a hyena, wolf, cat and a rat) with almost no dialogue. As in the first one, the creature effects are well above average and, somewhat surprisingly, the creatures are very different from those that appeared in the other films.
The premise in this film is that Riddick gets abandoned on a harsh,barren planet through treachery and when mercenaries come to pick up the bounty on his head (which is doubled if he's brought back dead!) he is able to leverage the local deadly alien flora and fauna to convince his purported captors that he can can save their lives but in return they'll need to help get him off the planet.
Although it has a lowly 57% rating on rottentomatoes.com (65% from audiences), if you go into the film with low expectations and still have fond memories of the first film, Riddick is a perfectly pleasant way to spend two hours at the movies, which from the look at upcoming attractions for the next month or two is going to be a rare event in the near future.
Director: David Twohy.
Running Time: 1 hour, 59 minutes.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity.
Release Date: September 6, 2013.
Viewing Date: September 12, 2013.
Overall Grade: B- (2.67/4.0).