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Survival of the Fiercest,
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This review is from: Riddick (Unrated Director's Cut Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)
This latest sequel in the Riddick series, takes us full circle as the baddest anti-hero in the galaxy finds himself betrayed by the Necromongers and left for dead. The first part of this film is essentially a great survival story, where Riddick returns to his more feral roots however the tenor quickly changes when he finds a way to signal for "rescue" but instead gets reminded that he's still a wanted fugitive (VERY wanted). At this point, the movie becomes semi-horror reminiscent of the original "Pitch Black" (except much better) as he reminds everyone, including the audience, just why he's so feared.
This is easily the best of the trilogy in my opinion and presents a darker and more violent story than "Chronicles" represented by the PG-13 back to R rating however it doesn't saturate the dialogue with gratuitous profanity as in the first film; there's also very brief nudity and again, lots of violence but these things all supplement what is essentially a fierce tale of survival and a very well made sci-fi film.
As I was watching Riddick at one point, surrounded by enemies in the midst of a raging storm, I was reminded of a line from a poem: "Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed." :o)
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Initial post: Jan 16, 2014 5:52:21 PM PST
What is the poem?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2014 8:33:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2014 8:44:34 AM PST
The Wiz says:
It's an excerpt from "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley. :o)
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2014 8:45:08 PM PST
Greg P. says:
Wiz, enjoyed your review (I ended up watching Riddick this afternoon after reading various reviews earlier today and enjoyed it.) very much. Also enjoyed the poem excerpt. Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2014 5:20:01 AM PST
The Wiz says:
Thanks Greg. I just watched the director's cut the other day for the first time and I was both pleased by the added story and a little disappointed by the addition of extra F-bombs. I really hope Diesel keeps making this series cuz it's basically Conan the Barbarian in space and the entertainment world needs more quality sci-fi.
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