Having written Warlock and The Fugitive and directed stuff like Pitch Black and A Perfect Getaway, David Twohy has proven himself to be a consistently solid genre filmmaker. That consistency makes Riddick all the more disappointing as there's very little reason he should be making a movie this dull.
It starts off well with an opening 30-minute sequence which strands Riddick on an unknown planet and plays out like a sci-fi Jeremiah Johnson but the movie quickly abandons its survivalist…
INT. UNMARKED CAR -- NIGHT
DETECTIVE JOHNNY LOUD [Tom Hanks] slides into the passenger seat of the unmarked car holding a tray of coffee. Retired ex-cop and temporary partner RICK CLOSE [Max Von Sydow] reaches over from the driver's seat to grab his cup of joe.
This better not have cream in it, knucklehead.
Johnny rolls his eyes and then looks directly into the camera as if to say "do you folks believe this old coot?" to the audience.…
Bloody, cathartic and hugely entertaining. The editing seems a little off -- Sally Menke is sadly missed -- but it's easy to look past a bit of glut when you're watching Tarantino so effortlessly conquer yet another genre.
Took off half a star for his Australian accent but put it back upon his appropriate exit from the film.