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DVD Review: Vin Diesel Goes Back To Sci-Fi Basics With RIDDICK - Movies In Focus
Riddick really shouldn’t be very good. The film, a second sequel to 2000’s cult hit Pitch Black follows in the heels of 2004’s lacklustre The Chronicles of Riddick. That film was has been derided for its attempt to turn the ‘Riddick’ franchise into a Lord of the Rings style mythology. Universal Pictures, the rights owners of the Riddick character pulled the plug on other planned sequels when Chronicles beefed-it at the box office and looked like Vin Diesel’s Riddick was no more. However, never bet against the heavy weight clout that the deep-voiced one has (or the dedication of writer/director David Twohy). He used his return to the Fast and the Furious as leverage to pick-up the Riddick rights, shepherding a new film into production. Gone is the bloated budget of Chronicles, instead Riddick returns to his low-budget roots delivering a sci-fi adventure that almost feels as fresh as Pitch Black did at the start of the century. The film sees Diesel’s ant-hero stranded on a forgotten planet. He has no way to escape other than setting-off a distress signal, which brings a selection of bounty hunters to the planet in search of the bounty on his ludicrously shiny chrome [...]