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Film Review: Riddick (2013)
Riddick (2013). Written and directed by David Twohy. The story starts with Riddick (Vin Diesel) on an unknown planet. He has been buried in an avalanche of rock and his leg is broken. Riddick has to fight against the ferocious wildlife of the planet to survive. There is a brief flashback to how Riddick arrived in this predicament. He was taken to the planet by the Necromongers, having been told it was Furya, the planet of his ancestors. This was a ruse though as the Necromongers' intention had been to rid themselves of Riddick. He manages to escape, killing the Necromongers, but is then buried in the rockfall. For the first half an hour or so I thought Riddick was a particularly good film, as we see one man pitted against the elements of an alien planet. Inevitably the story's spread too thinly to sustain this, and it switches to Riddick vs. mankind, or at least some form of humanity. The story was still fun though, albeit in a less cerebral way. Diesel is again good as Riddick, and surrounded by a suitably stereotypical cast. Fans of the previous films will find something that lies between the storytelling of the first and action of the second, and overall I enjoyed it. Those who enjoy science fiction action should like it, but they're best to start with the first film if they haven't already. 4/5 (Good)