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Riddick (2013)

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Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past.

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David Twohy

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David Twohy, Jim Wheat (based on characters created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vin Diesel ... Riddick
Jordi Mollà ... Santana
Matt Nable ... Boss Johns
Katee Sackhoff ... Dahl
Dave Bautista ... Diaz
Bokeem Woodbine ... Moss
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Lockspur (as Raoul Trujillo)
Conrad Pla ... Vargas
Danny Blanco Hall Danny Blanco Hall ... Falco
Noah Dalton Danby ... Nunez (as Noah Danby)
Neil Napier ... Rubio
Nolan Gerard Funk ... Luna
Karl Urban ... Vaako
Andreas Apergis ... Krone
Keri Hilson ... Santana's Prisoner (as Keri Lynn Hilson)
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Storyline

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. Written by Universal Pictures

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Survival Is His Revenge See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chronicles of Riddick: Rule the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,030,375, 6 September 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,025,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,337,295
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Riddick says "It ain't me you got to worry about," it's a reference to his line in Pitch Black (2000). See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence a pterodactyl-type creature (with a ferocious beak/bite) pecks at Riddick's fingers. However, after 5(?) bites, the fingers are undamaged. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Riddick: Don't know how many times I've been crossed off the list and left for dead. Guess when it first happens the day you were born, you're gonna lose count. So this, this ain't nothing new.
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Alternate Versions

The Extended Cut runs about 8 minutes and 9 seconds longer than the theatrical version. The Extended Cut has 2 additional scenes 2 extended scenes with alternate footage 1 alternative dialogue See more »

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Surprisingly entertaining third action sci-fi.
30 October 2013 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

Riddick is left for dead on an unknown planet with hostel indigenous predators. With a bounty on his head he calls upon the very people who want to have him killed in order to escape.

Director/writer David Twohy certainly delivers a fan pleasing sequel that fittingly harks back to the first instalment's roots in both story linkage and tone. While not as grand, fans of Chronicles will also be pleased with the stripped continuation back story and a cameo from Karl Urban's Vaako.

It's a good piece of science fiction action entertainment with decapitations, shootings, spaceships, a hostile planet, yes it's familiar and debatably derivative as the characters get picked off one by one, but as with Pitch Black Twohy effortlessly manages to create a convincing environment with new memorable biological creatures which is no easy task, to his credit it's no often lighting strikes twice given how many forgettable alien creatures have been put on screen. Yet, even though reminiscent Alien (1979) he manages to recreate what he did with the photosensitive, reptilians in his breakout 2000 film.

Vin Diesel returns as the character created by Jim Wheat & Ken Wheat- Riddick, this time he rekindles his previous edginess but the 'one Riddick and his dog' aspect expands the character, sneakily retaining some likability (especially for animal fans).

Given the way the production was funded the special effects are a mixed bag but serve their purpose. The first act is a special effect survival piece with sparse dialogue and smart action, with the second act taking place after an (unstated) amount of time when Riddick finds a small base. From then on its full of action setups, space motorcycles, conflicts and one-liners as the mercenaries and bounty hunters have to make an alliance with Riddick to survive an impending alien onslaught.

The supporting characters are developed just enough to be both identifiable, memorable and you almost care just enough to invest your time. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà gives a standout performance as the head hunting, unsavoury Santana, Total Recall (remake) actor Brokeem Woodbine gives some weight with his limited dialogue. Katee Sackhoff while feeling a little typecast still delivers the goods, even the remaining groups stereo-types are more fleshed out than they should be of the genre which adds to the enjoyment. Matt Nable is a good lead as Boss Johns whose character gives the story a (satisfying) little twist that those familiar with the original will see coming a mile off.

The closing is arguably abrupt but is possibly intentional as it leaves you wanting more. The critiques maybe a little hard on Riddick but considering it is a third in a film series spurred from such humble beginnings, an inviolate first (small comparison to is sequel) Riddick is entertaining viewing.


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