Here’s another of the articles originally written for “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” that was never used. This one was written by Desirée Lee.

Set a decade after the events in “Pitch Black”, the latest installment in the Richard B. Riddick franchise hearkens back to the feel of the original tale. Vin Diesel reprises the role of Riddick, the survivalist antihero.

At the end of “The Chronicles of Riddick,” we saw the title character seemingly taking over leadership of the cult-like Necromongers after slaying their Lord Marshal, based on their credo “You keep what you kill.” Despite the obvious displeasure at his own failed attempts to arise to Lord Marshal status, the treacherous Vaako, portrayed by Karl Urban, conceded the succession to Riddick.

In the simply titled “Riddick,” we see a short recap of the events following Riddick’s time amongst the Necromongers. After thwarting multiple assassination attempts, Riddick agrees to a deal Vaako proposed to him—passage to Riddick’s home world, Furya, whose location has been purged from records, but is still in Vaako’s memory, in exchange for Riddick’s permanent departure from the Necromongers.

Predictably, Riddick finds himself betrayed and stranded on a desolate, unnamed world and must contend with plenty of nasty indigenous creatures. He eventually makes his way to an abandoned station and activates the emergency beacon. The device scans and releases his identity as the activator. The call is answered by two mercenary ships—one captain is after the bounty on Riddick’s head, and the other has a more personal stake.

I found “Riddick” to be lighter on plot than I would’ve liked, though I enjoyed the look at a more introspective side of the Riddick character. The tough-as-nails murderer adopts and raises a puppy, showing a softer side.

The conflict between the two mercenary ships takes over much of the storyline. We have Santana (Jordi Mollà) and his rag-tag band who act more like a gang of thugs than a cooperative group. The other is captained by…well… naming him would be a spoiler, but suffice to say, he runs a much tighter ship.

Though lacking in storyline, I preferred this movie to “The Chronicles of Riddick.” The gritty cinematography, coupled with the terrific CGI creatures appealed to me.

Oh, and fanboys of “Battlestar Galactica” will surely be going nuts over a scene of Dahl, portrayed by Katee Sackhoff, in the shower.

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