I LIVE!!! I know it’s been a while since I have posted. I have begun a new quarter and so far looks like it is going to be dreadful so I will fill the time with more movie and reviewing. On the up side the Oscars are coming in like month so I’m ecstatic especially with the nomination being released last Thursday.
1) Pitch Black (2000)
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David
The Plot: When a transport ship crash lands on a strange planet, the crew finds that there are more terrifying things on the planet then the convict that escaped from the ship.
The Review: Curiosity has finally gotten the best of me and I watched all three of these. So, first off this movie needs some back-story because it is confusing as hell and you really have to listen for the tiny hints they give you. Characters are a little flat and predictable and let’s face and this is not a spoiler most of them are not meant to live. It’s predictable but entertaining in some instances and I did find myself interested it the animalistic nature of Riddick but I feel that without him this movie would have been completely boring instead of just boring in some parts. Again though they do not really provide any back story so Riddick remains a mystery the whole time, which does give him a more dangerous aura but makes for a confusing and gapped story.it was simplistic and the dialogue was not that great and sometimes hard to hear. Everything just builds up to an ending that is just slightly disappointing in a bitter way. The creatures, though in concept sound interesting and terrifying are hindered by the developing technology of the time so the CGI is not that great. This also creates a bit of a problem since the film as part of the sci-fi genre relies heavily on it and being a movie watcher that has been spoiled by modern film and its wonderful advancements in CG tech, the visuals bothered me especially Riddick’s vision, which was blurry and a fluorescent pink that just looked a little ridiculous and made his ability to see in the dark a little less cool. I did enjoy Riddick’s sass and bad-assness but his motive and character was unclear making his interactions and relationships wit other characters ambiguous to the extent that it felt random and awkward sometimes.
Interesting in concept, poor in execution. Your call.
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPEKNToK3TE
More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134847/?ref_=nv_sr_3
2) The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Keith David, Alexa Dalavos, and Karl Urban
The Plot: Ten years after the first one, Riddick encounters a new problem when the bounty is raised on his head by a mysterious powerful person.
The Review: Still confusing first of all because there still is no back story given. How the hell did everyone get here? What happen? Though theses questions are briefly touched upon, I’m afraid that it still remains ambiguous for the most part. The timeline seemed just off and awkward and the trailer seems to have a better put together story then it actually has. Looking back I actually find that there were a lot of the same problems in this one. Although is this movie they did hint more about Riddick’s past and we did get to see where everyone ended up. This one flowed better and gave Riddick a bit of sentimentality so he becomes even more of an anti-hero instead of being a cold-hearted killer with no ties. This humanizes him a bit but I still was confused about necromancers of whatever they’re called. There origins, ideas, and beliefs are unclear and not explained too well. The visuals did improve significantly though, including Riddick’s shine job and vision, and Judi Dench is just well…Judi Dench and fantastic in everything she does.
Better visuals but mediocre and I would say watch it only if you have a really want for a mindless action film that slightly confusing or if you saw the first one. Really though your not missing much.
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCrDo3eCXkw
More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0296572/?ref_=nv_sr_1
3) Riddick (2013)
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, Karl Urban, and Matt Nable
The Plot: Just after the last one after a betrayal, Riddick finds himself on unnamed planet.
The Review: Surprise! More Confusion! These movies really need to work on clarity and continuity. It’s not really necessary to watch the pervious two but this one bring one small detail in from the first one. The film is heavily computerized and its pretty in some aspects but has really no plot. I didn’t like were they went with Riddick. The film made him soft and sentimental and almost weak at one point and it’s his tough and dangerous demeanor that makes him such an intriguing character. Another character that they mess up by was Dahl. I was so excited for Katee Sackhoff in this movie. I loved her on Battlestar Galactica and she was going to play another kick but role. She was really awesome during the beginning of the movie but slowly they faded her out and turned her into just anther girl lusting over Riddick. Now what made this worse is that Dahl firmly states that she is a lesbian so suddenly jumping Riddick is kind of out character. I won’t deny there is something attractive about his character but apparent that the writers of this film just want to go out of character for everyone. There’s only one other detailed that bothered me with this film. Now I don’t mind profanity all, hell I use a pretty good amount in my life, but I felt the film’s use was just unnecessary and other done make the films writing look worse than it was. Come naming a planet Not Furya. Seroiusly? It just looked so much cooler from the trailer and the action does not even happen till like the last half hour of the film and the film itself feels disjointed and too happy. Though it does seem that these film got significantly gorier for the first to this one.
Frankly I was a bit disappointed.
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH3O-CeZckE
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_QuI6O5aSE
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNpQlvt-pag
More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1411250/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Until next time,