Riddick (2013) Review

I rather enjoyed this film, but it also had some big problems. Mixed feelings really. Pitch Black is now a cult classic and it’s a film I always enjoy watching and whilst this film may not be as good it is a little closer to form for the character. The characters where interesting enough but having 11 tough guys and Riddick is a bit of an over kill on the masculine scale, and this is coming from the Predator guy! Fun though. Weird rushed pacing as well. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below, if you have seen the film then check out the spoiler sections and I will look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.

“You’re not afraid of the dark, are you?” Not that it matters, the film is pretty well lit.



Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.

Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended

Story: 65%     Acting: 55%     Characters: 70%     Dialogue: 70%

Action/Sci-Fi: 75%     Style/Sound: 70%     Visuals: 85%

Total: 70%


The story is laid out weird, it starts with a massive Ray Mears survival section set on alien planet somewhat explaining the time between Chronicles and this film, took far too long. The film is nearly two hours long and feels it because of this bloated near silent section at the beginning of the film, did like the dog though. I wish the damn monsters and rain and death had a little more screen time. But mostly I wanted the tense fearful darkness of the first film and this just didn’t have it. The acting wasn’t really there but it’s not hugely necessary for their roles, everyone was fun enough. I did however really enjoy Katee Sackhoff (BEWBS) and Dave Bautista, both very funny and I am glad we are getting to see them in more films because their fun characters.


The film had some fun Sci-Fi features as well but nothing especially new and that was disappointing because I thought they had some opportunities to create a really interesting planet but it was a little rushed. They took a really long time with Riddick alone on the planet narrating that they just didn’t seem to have enough time to have talking time with the characters or to establish any real threat from the creatures. If there was one main problem with this film compared to Pitch Black it’s how tame the creatures eventually became, easy to kill and we just saw too much of them.



Seriously guys turn away now to avoid spoilers. Stop killing the damn dog!!! You keep making me love them and then boom you kill them. You can kill all the humans you like, hell I encourage human deaths, rivers of blood for all I care but don’t you touch that dog! What was with that lame ass ending?! It was too rushed and it all felt kind of pointless, no message or character development. Utterly pointless and I just couldn’t believe that was the end even though it felt way longer than 2 hours.



Don’t forget my trailer review.

The best reviews I found would be these:

“Diesel will not come out of this tarnished though. He is still watchable and even when the movie slips into tedium and silliness at times I still found some things to like and enjoy. But in all honesty, I could have just re-watched “Pitch Black” and gotten the same reaction.” Vic’s Movie Den. Full Review

“RIDDICK is a fun entry into what will hopefully be the continuation of a character and universe with a lot of untapped potential. The movie drags a bit in spots and the bulk of the supporting cast is pretty blah but Vin Diesel more than carries the weight of the film on his shoulders and the FX and action is very well done.” It’s Latin for Cookies. Full Review

“It’s not bad, it just isn’t anything we haven’t seen before and honestly Pitch Black did a better job of telling more-or-less the same story. I didn’t hate it, in fact I enjoyed myself while I watched it but as soon as it was over I felt disappointed it didn’t do something more and honestly I have no intention of ever seeing it again. I wouldn’t buy it on BluRay because I already have Pitch Black and it’s a much better movie.” Funk’s House of Geekery. Full Review


My favourite scene would have to be Riddick preparing for and fighting that Raptor scorpion in his path to the grass lands. Meet the dog and see classic Riddick survival instincts. But I can’t forget Sackhoff’s Bewbs which was a very pleasant surprise.


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40 responses to “Riddick (2013) Review”

  1. classicfilmguru says :

    Great Review! Can’t wait to check out this new addition to the series. 🙂


  2. table9mutant says :

    Good review. But I won’t watch it because I haven’t even seen Pitch Black. Plus Vin Diesel is in it. 🙂


  3. The Focused Filmographer says :

    yep. Predictable with the dog. You knew it was coming almost from the very beginning.

    I was disappointed by this film, as you were. and I really had hoped for more of an expanded universe given what Chronicles had done.

    “You’re not afraid of the dark, are you?” Not that it matters, the film is pretty well lit.” –good point! haha


  4. verbalspew says :

    You’re right, stop it with the dog murder. Though Riddick got a pretty epic revenge for him in the end, I was still upset about it. 😡


  5. sanclementejedi says :

    Looking forward to checking this one out.


  6. quaiacom says :

    Great review, and I immediately thought BEWBS when we got to see Starbuck’s Lattes. I still think there’s an epically great Riddick movie to be made, we just haven’t had it yet. Hopefully this’ll make enough money for Diesel and Twohy to get another shot.


  7. The Celtic Predator says :

    I’m gonna be late to the party, as I’ll be seeing it this weekend, but I’ve really been looking forward to this one for a while. I think that Diesel’s Riddick character is a huge, untapped resource for great potential movies if only people can muster a script worthy of the character. From what I gather off your review and others, this latest screenplay doesn’t quite do it justice, but I’m still willing to give it enough of the benefit of the doubt to go see it in theatres.


  8. Parlor of Horror says :

    I enjoyed the film. You’re right, It was missing the horror element of Pitch Black but it had all the action. The one liners were a mixed bag, some good, some incredibly corny. I really didn’t mind the pacing or the length of the film. I liked the survival mode begining (and the canine) and the slower ‘spy vs spy’ battle of wits in the rest of the film.


  9. Hypersonic55 says :

    Cool review yo, I’m glad someone else noticed the awkward pacing, some of the film really moved slow as hell and other times real fast. I really wanted to see what happened between Kahl and Riddick, I guess its implied that they did it together but I wanted a bit more clarification on it. Plus I have to agree about that ending. I was hoping for some badass final battle for Riddick but he seems so lame, I guess since he’s not a superhuman or alien with fancy powers I’m never gonna see him the way I want to.


  10. daviruz says :

    look forward to seeing it


  11. CMrok93 says :

    It was dumb, but that’s exactly what I expected from it. I just wanted to have fun, and that’s what I had. Case closed. Good review Tim.


  12. ruth says :

    Hey, that’s Starbucks! (Sorry, I’m a huge Battlestar Galactica fan). Y’know I haven’t seen any of the Riddick films so I probably will skip this one as well.


  13. cindybruchman says :

    I love the Riddick franchise and will watch this whether it’s good or bad! 70 % ain’t bad!


  14. lukebbtt says :

    I quite liked the beginning build-up. Without it, it would have been too similar to Pitch Black.


  15. theipc says :

    Sounds like one I can safely avoid without feeling bad…


  16. Victor De Leon says :

    Spot on review, Tim. I agree on just about every point you made, here, man. The planet sequences did feel rushed and the character development was practically non-existent. Too bad especially since we both longed for the mood, style and texture of the first entry. It’s not all bad, though, there was enough to like to warrant a watch for sure. I wouldn’t mind another go if they decide they can move ahead. Thanks for linking my review in your post, btw. I appreciate it! Good job. 🙂


  17. chrisdsav says :

    This movie was not too shabby


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