Riddick stars Vin Diesel. It is the second installment of the Riddick series spawned by Pitch Black. In this film, Riddick has been left for dead on a hostile planet with man-eating creatures around every corner. In order to escape the planet, he invites a team of bounty hunters to find him by setting off an emergency beacon.
First off, I want to talk about Pitch Black. I was a lot younger when I watched it in 2000, but I thought it was great. I think the beauty of the film was never getting to see too much. The world that was created was mysterious and terrifying. The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), was the exact opposite. It was filled with cheesy lines, mediocre CG and poor acting. In Riddick you get a mix of the two without it ever being good.
I won't be surprised if this movie makes a lot of money and I'm sure there will be people that like this movie. I'm not one of them. I enjoyed the beginning of the film where I felt like I was watching Riddick on a nature / survivalist show on a deadly planet. Then the bounty hunters arrive and the movie quickly turns from from fair to terrible.
Aside from Vin Diesel, the acting in this movie will give Selena Gomez (Getaway) a run for her money come time for the Razzies. The sad thing is, the problem may not be the actors (not in all cases), but the script and dialogue is so awful, there's no way to look past it.
I don't want anyone to think I'm going entirely negative here because of the review I gave Getaway, but it just so happens the two worst movies of the year came out in consecutive weeks. You might be asking, how can Riddick be one of the worst movies of the year? I'll explain, and trust me, I was disappointed it was bad. I was hoping to sit back and watch a fun sci-fi action thriller, but I couldn't enjoy it no matter how hard I tried. I was almost upset by how bad the dialogue was. The characters were shallow and moronic. The comic relief was almost never funny. The storyline was filled with unanswered questions and dumb decisions made by the characters that were obviously designed to drive the plot forward and the acting was horrible. The only good thing i can say about this film was the CG was decent when it came to the alien creatures, but the special effects were substandard for the rest of the movie.
I was so bored during the majority of the movie that I couldn't wait for it to end. I'd rather watch Burt Wonderstone ten more times before I had to sit through Riddick one more time. So Riddick will take the #2 spot on my Top 10 Worst Movies of the Year.
I can't say this movie is unwatchable because the special effects are good in some places, but considering the poor writing, awful dialogue, and horrible acting, I can easily say this movie is terrible. It makes Fast6 look like an Oscar contender.