While it is miles better than Chronicles of Riddick, I am not totally sold on Pitch Black or Vin Diesel (Fast 6) and director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway) latest outing, Riddick. However, the best thing about the films is that we rally behind a protagonist who is a really bad man. This brings up interesting questions about filmmaker manipulation and the power a filmmaker has to make you think something.
This would be great and all, but Diesel’s characterization is the only thing that keeps the film together. When he is off screen, or isn’t manipulating the action in some way, the movie is terrible. The only other character worth watching other than Riddick’s pet dog, is Johns (Matt Nable, Killer Elite), but he still has plenty of off moments.
This makes me very sad because I thought one of the coolest things about the film was the shift in screen time from Riddick trying to survive on a new deadly planet to the bounty hunters planning to find and kill him before its too late. This shifted the film from an action film focusing on Riddick to almost a horror film with Riddick as the killer.
The problem is, just like a horror film, the acting sucks. Also, Karl Urban’s (Dredd) face is in the movie for like a second.
By: Jonathan Havey | Editor-in-Chief