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Movie Breakdown: Riddick (Noah)

September 5, 2013

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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:

Pitch Black, the original film in Vin Diesel and David Twohy’s Riddick trilogy(?), was a blast, a gritty little bit of low-budget sci-fi action that caught everyone off guard. Twohy has been in a bit of sci-fi-squandered-career-jail since the sequel, The Chronicles Of Riddick, and this the sort-of forced upon third film has a lot to do to reset the expectations of the fan base. Will it do so? I just don’t know.

The Reality:

Between You’re Next, The Conjuring, Insidious 2 and Riddick – 2013 is looking to be the year of the low budget genre feature. Riddick, using every single nickel of it’s seemingly low budget, is a fucking blast. I can’t say the film strays terribly far from the original film, but Twohy seems to revel in taking the film back to its ass-kicking roots. Diesel returns as the titular Riddick, a convict-turned-king-turned-convict stranded on another alien-infested planet, pursued by morally-jaded mercenaries. Vin Diesel, God bless his bald head, is the same un-emotive lump as always, but it’s exactly what the character needs, a toothy smile, a dangerous laugh and the ability to ably convince the audience that he can, and will, kick your ass, insult your family, and then kill you laughing. Twohy does an admirable job fleshing out the motley crew of mercs hunting Riddick, giving each a quickly painted sketch of character, just enough to make sure that as the death count steadily increases it doesn’t feel like cardboard cut-outs falling to the sword. Yes, the budget on this film is micro and a handful of the shots/CG look to be pulled from Twohy’s personal VHS collection and yes, the Katee Sackhoff’s Dahl character seems to only exist in the film to act as a possible love interest and show off her boobs, but a few small qualms aside (and a pretty solid ability to overlook plot holes), Riddick is a great time.

The Lesson:

Trust Vin Diesel and David Twohy. They have the best in mind for you.

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Movie Breakdown: Riddick

September 5, 2013

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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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