Riddick Trailer: Now Can You Clap For Them Killers

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Riddick Trailer: Now Can You Clap For Them Killers

By TK | Trailers | May 16, 2013 | Comments ()


The third picture in the Riddick franchise was, for a long time, thought to be something of a pipe dream. The first film, Pitch Black was small, but achieved serious popularity after its DVD release and made the eponymous Riddick, played by Vin Diesel, something of a cult figure -- and remains one of my favorite sci-fi films of its decade. A solid video game, Escape From Butcher Bay helped solidify the legend, and then... well, then we saw the release of The Chronicles of Riddick, a bloated, overreaching mess of a film that took away all of the basic, organic-feeling roots of the character and tried to turn him into a player in a vast space opera.

The newest film, written and directed by David Twohy, due out later this year, returns to what made him great. Isolation, small casts, no goddamn crazy religions, the necromongers are not prominently featured -- although they will be a part of the film as I understand it -- and little of the ridiculous hokum that made the second film so insufferable. Instead, it's Richard Riddick, trapped alone on a planet, hunted by bounty hunters, with monsters all around them. It's the formula that made Pitch Black great, and the trailer certainly nails the feel of it. It doesn't look great, but then, the trailer for the original didn't do much for me either.

Frankly, I'm just happy to see Diesel in a film that doesn't feature jumping cars or Paul Walker.

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  • Chronicles of Riddick's biggest problem was giving David Twohy too much money. Some directors need limitations on themselves, and budget is usually the biggest. He is clearly better when his crazy is contained and focused.

    But I still love that big mess of a film, especially after an online reviewer pointed out that it is basically Space Conan taking over the Warhammer 40K Empire of Mankind. I gotta say, I can't unsee that.

    Point is, I'm seeing this.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Twohy needs to have kid, a human kid, with Crazy Amy from Amy's Baking Co.

    The world would fold in on itself.

  • wonkeythemonkey

    "Frankly, I’m just happy to see Diesel in a film that doesn’t feature jumping cars or Paul Walker."

    I briefly read this as "jumping cars over Paul Walker," which was an awesome image. Than I read it as "jumping cars or [jumping] Paul Walker," which was also an awesome image. Then I read it correctly, and I got sad.

  • I liked Chronicles because I am in love with Thandie Newton. It's a terrible movie by many standards and a wonderful piece of schlock for the same reasons.

  • Captain D

    Oh come on...once I heard "This is a man who sees in the dark. So watch out for surprise attacks" from the bounty hunter I became severely disappointed that Paul Walker is not in fact playing said bounty hunter. Who else could properly deliver that line in a Vin Diesel movie? I bet the actor didn't even have a silly, half-grin when he said it.

  • name

    "Frankly, I’m just happy to see Diesel in a film that doesn’t feature jumping cars or Paul Walker."

    Now I can't stop picturing Riddick jumping out of Paul Walker

  • ,

    Where does the blonde chick get a good haircut on a planet like that?

  • ,

    Can I just say?

    I thought "Pitch Black" blew.

    I'll see myself out.

  • I am not ashamed of owning the second film. It's hilarious and great fun, with some of the most risible lines but such sincere effort from everyone involved. Plus, you know, Vin Diesel in 27 bondage poses, not including when he's actually restrained. I suspect this film will have a similar number. Not sure if it's his choice or the director's, but it cannot possibly be accidental.

  • danobc

    oh my, the trailer seems to have revealed the whole storyarc, a lot of the plot and even went so far as to reveale the monsters. there can't be any surprise left.
    its not like i was imagining that the movie would be smart or anything special. just reading the plotoutline i already guessed how the movie will be BUT to me its like the trailer showed EVERYTHING and i feel like i just watched the whole thing.

  • NateMan

    The 2nd movie was much better in the director's cut version they released. It actually had some character building, some additions that made the story a little more coherent. Much better than the theatrical release.

    This looks like the grimy, violent, nasty return to roots the character needed. Excellent.

  • DoctorDouchebag

    So what, They just remade the first movie shot for shot?

  • Fabius_Maximus


  • McSwiggin

    The cartoon was great, for Peter Chung fare. And it bridged the first two decently enough. The second one was great, I had no problems with it exceot I kept hoping Riddick would bite it, just to see it happen. Still, very pumped for this one.

  • Ben

    Man I unashamedly loved the second one, mainly cause of Judy Dench and the fact that I unashamedly love Judy Dench and everything she does.

    Also the movie was a whole lot of dumb fun.

  • Jez

    Nothing wrong with that second movie and its bloat. This character rules. I even thought the cartoon was all right.

  • It looks like the bounty hunters become... the bounty hunted...

    Oh Vin Diesel, you're better than this, but then I see that glorious body and hear that sexy growly voice that makes my spine shiver... shit, do what you want man.

  • Jawaballs

    Is he really better than this? This looks like a carbon copy of the movie that made him! Awesome. :) I can't wait to see it.

  • Arran

    "Frankly, I’m just happy to see Diesel in a film that doesn’t feature jumping cars or Paul Walker."

    How dare you. The Fast & Furious movies are constructed entirely out of high-fives.

  • HIGH 5

  • Adam C

    The second one was Warhammer 40k the movie...I loved it too.

  • DoctorDouchebag

    The hell it was. Don't tarnish my beloved W40k with Vin diesels frat house bro actor wanna be bullshit.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Didn't you just describe what the Human Empire fraction in W40k basically is?

  • Jenn TheYellowDart


    ...also, in keeping with my love of terrible movies...I loved the second one, despite itself.

  • snrp

    Starbuck's presence allows me to pretend that Riddick is a BSG spinoff, which: yes, FOREVER

  • Snath

    Wait...his name is Richard Riddick?

    Dick Riddick?

    That's riddickulous.

  • Ben

    Never read the Nova comics.

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