Blu-ray Review: Riddick


Riddick is back.  The convicted murderer from “Pitch Black” and “The Chronicles of Riddick” is getting a third chance at machismo, and it’s a mediocre effort at best.

Dumped on a sun-scorched planet by his adopted people known as necro-mongers, Riddick (Vin Diesel) is forced to fight the local beasties including some dingo-looking zebra dogs and an alien-like crawfish/scorpion combo creature.  He wins over one of the dingoes by raising it from a pup.  But, when he sees that those giant crawfish may be expanding their reach, it’s time to get out of Dodge, so he activates a beacon that will send bounty hunters his way.  Some real nasty guys want the mega-bucks being offered for Riddick.

What troubles me the most about “Riddick” is the protagonist’s out-of-control ego.  The machismo isn’t amusing and it isn’t believable.  It’s a like a guy playing air guitar.  It’s cute for a minute or two.  Then, it gets annoying.  Diesel’s character never doubts himself.  He’s just arrogant.  Morning, noon and night…a horses butt.

When the bounty hunters arrive, they are in awe of Riddick’s ability to survive and hunt them down.  It’s like a Riddick fan club convening in the worst of circumstances.  The one guy who doesn’t think Riddick is “all that” is mocked and scorned.

No, “Riddick” is a one-note performance by Vin Diesel’s number-one fan, Vin Diesel.  It’s a very long film.  Two hours.  Lots of luck getting through that.  Grade: D

Fast Facts:

Street Date: January 14, 2014

Formats: Blu-ray and DVD

Runtime: 119 minutes

Rated: “R” for strong violence, language and some sexual content including nudity.  Also, “Unrated” version.

Released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment