Y’know. It’s such a titular line in the trailer for the movie Riddick. But the blasted line doesn’t come until half-way through the movie.
As you’ve no doubt guessed, I recently watched the new-to-theatres Riddick. Third live-action movie in the wonderfully messed up universe that is generally a sort of unwilling home to the title character. Richard B. Riddick (played by Vin Diesel).
Realize that I was a bit . . .cautious of this movie for a few reasons, most of which turned out to be groundless, once I sat down and watched the thing. Oh yes, there will be a few spoilers for the previous two movies here. If you don’t want to be spoiled, skip this next paragraph or two.
The other thing that got me a bit worried was it looked like a simple rehash of Pitch Black. Riddick and reluctant chums stuck on a world which has more than its fair share of carnivorous nasties bent on chewing up anything remotely human. But I quite enjoyed the last two movies, and thus pushed though my misgivings, and believe me, it was quite worth the push.
Those spoilers I mentioned? Done now. You can start reading again. The movie starts in a suitably chilling manner, reminding everyone that Riddick is an escaped convict with a penchant for survival and brutally killing things he doesn’t like. Left for dead on a desert world, battered body and a mangled leg, things look grim for our . . .well, hero’s not really the right word. Our guy. Yeah, let’s call him that.
For a man with special eyes, handy for seeing in the dark, he is seriously outgunned on a sunny desert world. And the first part of the movie focuses on this mighty-man-brought-low having to deal with being alone again. Recapturing the predator, animal side of him he believes he’s lost.
Obviously, as this movie isn’t called “Rid—oh he got eaten by the horde”. He hits the button and summons the mercs. And here is where the movie truly started to shine, for me. For not one, but two teams of mercenaries land on the planet searching for him. The first group is what one normally thinks when the word “mercenary” is spoken. Ragtag, thuggish, brutal and needlessly cruel, lead by a half-crazed man by the name of Santana. This group charmingly swears to put Riddick’s head in a box.
Regards, The Baron