I remember when i went to see Pitch Black in a small cinema in my hometown Uddevalla. This was not a sci fi movie that was seen by a large audience, or got very much attention in Sweden. But i liked it, for several reasons. The visual effects looked great, the character Riddick ( played by Vin Diesel ) had a very strange look, with his creepy eyes. The director David Twohy showed us a very different sci fi idea, of a planet we have never seen before. 4 years later a sequel was released, The Chronicles Of Riddick. But it did not do very well at the box office, so i did not expect to see Riddick back again. So here we are, with the third movie with Vin Diesel back in action. David Twohy is also back directing again, is Riddick the best sequel so far, or is this a desperate try to get the audience to come back ?
5 years have passed, and Riddick is now Lord Marshall of the Necromonger fleet. He does not enjoy wearing this crown, and refuse to swear into the Necromonger. This cause big problems, so Riddick strikes a deal with Commander Vaako ( Karl Urban ). If Vaako gives him the location of Furya and a ship to take him there, he will let Vaako become the new leader of Necromonger. Vaako agree to take Riddick there, but as they travel to Furya, Riddick looks around and realise he have been tricked. This is not Furya, as he kills 3 of the soldiers. Vaako shoots around the cliff Riddick is standing on, as he falls down underneath the mountain, buried alive. Riddick did survive, but is badly damaged. As he tries to get strength, and find water, he meets a new enemy called Mud Demons, creatures that hide in water. He find out their weakness, kills the beast, and continue his journey. At an empty mercenary station, Riddick broadcast his identity and his presence on the planet. 2 ships with bounty hunters arrive to the mercenary station, to kill Riddick. Their leader Santana ( Jordi Mollá ) makes sure his team is armed and ready, to meet Riddick in the wasteland. But they are not alone, somthing else is out there.
Thankfully director David Twohy have tried to go back to the first movie, and make the storyline more intelligent, instead of just loads of action sequences. With that being said, this is not as good as the first movie, but a step in the right direction. Vin Diesel does pretty much the same acting performance he always does, and he actually fit the character Riddick. The plot is not very deep, and this is a problem with this motion picture. There are some interesting details we find out along the way, but those scenes are too short, while the action kicks in. Overall i have to say Riddick is at least a worthy sequel to Pitch Black, even if the first movie is still the best one so far. If you love sci fi action, i think Riddick will satisfy you, and let you have a good time. This is said to be the last movie based on the character Riddick, considering it did well at the box office, i don´t think this will be the last time we see Vin Diesel in space, or maybe i am wrong ?