First of all, it had unbelievable visual effects. Anyone who knows me knows I am very into 3d effects, and a few of these were nicely done enough to have me oohing and ahhing ALMOST as much as I did for The Incredibles. Not ALL the effects, mind you, there were some that were groan-worthy, but several scenes were cool. The manifestation of the different planets and environments was great. This had the potential to be a spectacular experience. The plot and the acting (or more likely, the script, as the actual plot of the Riddick stories is kind of interesting), however, fell a little short. I AM glad we rented the director’s cut version, because I definitely wasn’t confused as far as the storyline as I had heard happened with the theatrical cut. Although from what I know of the actual Riddick story, this movie should have been more like 2 HOURS longer (as opposed to 16 minutes) than the theatrical cut in order to truly tell everything.
Although at times it started to borderline on the B movie/camp area, those moments were thankfully short. Some of the scenes lacked viable believeablity, such as outrunning the solar heat, but the made up for the “Oh, come ON” factor with plenty of excitement and a few cleverly done cool stunts.
I was disappointed with the role Thandie Newton played, however, because I think she is a fantastic actress, but I really think it had more to do with poorly scripted scenes (not to mention WAYYYY too much eyeliner. Yikes, get thee forth, spook-lady!)
All in all, I would probably give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars. It hasn’t turned me off to the Riddick series at all, and in fact, I really do hope they continue with another movie. I am also interested in picking up the animated
And hey, Gregory loved it, so I guess that’s the most important thing. 🙂