Reviewer Gavin Miller gives his views on Riddick...
The expectations were high for the return of Vin Diesel’s Night-visioned ex-convict anti-hero – and he just about pulls it off.
Riddick is back and he’s been left for dead on a desolate planet after being betrayed by the Necromongers and exiled by Lord Vaako (Karl Urban).
After battling for survival against an array of predators he locates an emergency beacon that brings in two squads of bounty hunters and mercenaries – including ex-WWE champion Dave Bautista and Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff – with the chance of commandeering their ships.
For the first hour or so Riddick returns welcomingly back to his roots as he tangles with these opposing forces in a game of cat and mouse – but sadly a lot of the good work unravels with an overcooked plot and run-time that drags the movie towards an uninspiring finale.
Fortunately several compelling set-pieces whet your appetite for further instalments of Riddick – particularly if this pans out into a new trilogy which sees him end up on his home planet of Furya – but it would have been more of a must-see had the film benefitted from sharper editing and a tauter script.
As it is, this will still be seen as a somewhat return to form for Riddick – even though the much-maligned sequel was still arguably just as good.