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Movie Breakdown: Riddick

September 5, 2013

Film

People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Now that the world has been given nearly a decade to get over The Chronicles Of Riddick, Vin Diesel is back as the titular character.

The Reality:

In a lot of ways, Riddick feels like the movie that should have come directly after Pitch Black.  It aims to keep its sci fi horror roots, but there are just enough fantasy elements to expand the mythology of the Riddick character and the universe he exists in.  So, you get to have fun, more adventures get setup, and everyone goes home happy.  Hard not to just want to call that well played.

Speaking of smart moves, I really dig that David Twohy and Vin Diesel (who seems to get more charismatic with each character he resurrects) chose to pick up right where The Chronicles Of Riddick left off.  The decision to keep building the story instead of rebooting it will be better for everyone in the long run.

The Lesson:

Sometimes it’s better to right a ship instead of sinking it and crafting a new one.

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