Somewhere in Riddick (Vin Diesel), the fugitive criminal with the crazy, glowing eyes that can see in the dark, exists a character engaging enough to build a film franchise around. Somewhere in RIDDICK, the third film featuring the antihero, is evidence of a wise move to put the guy into a tighter, more stripped-down scenario better suited to him than the bloated, Robert E. Howard pastiche that was THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. Unfortunately, stranding Riddick on a hostile alien world and tasking him with the challenge of outwitting two teams of bounty hunters — headed up by Jordi Mollà and Matt Nable and including Katee Sackhoff — for one of their spaceships hasn’t quite elevated this entry above the misconceptions of character and plotting that the first film, PITCH BLACK, neatly sidestepped.
Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons differ in opinion on how seriously RIDDICK is undone by its flaws. In a lively conversation, they discuss writer/director David Twohy’s conception of the character, whether the mantle of Nietzschean superman rests comfortably on Riddick’s shoulders, and the difficulty in creating adversaries able to maintain their credibility while being outwitted by the protagonist. Most pressing, they also debate who in this scenario is the roadrunner, and who’s the coyote?
Then: Steve gives his impressions of the comedic horror film HELL BABY and a preliminary impression of DEAD BEFORE DAWN, and Dan provides a capsule review of the post-apocalyptic, comic book actioner, BOUNTY KILLER. Plus, what’s coming to theaters next week.
Universal Pictures releases the next chapter in the Riddick saga, produced by One Race Productions and Radar Pictures. Vin Diesel returns as the titular anti-hero. The supporting cast includes Karl Urban (STAR TREK), Katee Sackhoff (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA), Nolan Gerard Funk, Dave Bautista, and Noah Danby.
David Twohy is back in the director’s chair, working from a script co-written with Oliver Butcher & Stephen Cornwell, based on characters created by Jim and Ken Wheat.
Theatrical Release: September 6, 2013
Movieweb recycles some details from the Hollywood Reporter, regarding the as-yet untitled second sequel to PITCH BLACK, in which actor Vin Diesel will return as Riddick. The character, a wanted criminal whose survival skills proved more than a match for a mess of carniverous critters in his debut film, was recycled in CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, which proved to be an overblown box office disappointment. The third installment promises a back-to-basics approach. David Twohy, who directed both films, will write and direct the third, whose plot is described thus:
…the script features the character — the most wanted man in the galaxy — left for dead on a barren alien planet, dealing with “trisons” (three-legged bisons) and “mud demons.” He must then contend with two squads of bounty hunters, one of which ride rockets called jetcycles.
The writer of WATERWORLD offers a tale of about four people on vacation in Hawaii, but the vacation turns bad when they stumble upon a horrible secret: psychopaths are murdering tourists. We would have preferred aliens, but we’ll take what we can get. Director: David Twohy. Stars: Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant. Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
UPDATE: This film’s release date was changed from a previously announced August 14.