Riddick [2013] ★★

riddick-poster1-404x600It had me going for a while. The first 30 minutes felt like an old fashioned B western flick in which Vin Diesel’s Riddick gets dumped in the middle of nowhere and finds himself struggling to survive on a lifeless planet. Not a bad idea for a premise. But then Dave Bautista (from WWE) and a bunch of bounty hunters show up and ruin all the fun. Bummer. Vin Diesel reprises the role he played in 2000’s “Pitch Black” and 2004’s “The Chronicles of Riddick” and does an OK job. But what drags the movie down in its second half is the wearying sense that the principal character is truly indestructible, repeatedly surviving attacks and beatings that by any measure of reason should turn him into pulp. Not to mention the cartoonish CGIs and terrible acting, notably Bautista who seems confused to what he’s doing in this movie. It took almost a decade to come up with part three. I can truly say that it wasn’t worth the wait.

Rating: 2/4

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