“Don’t know how many times I’ve been crossed off the list and left for dead. So this…this ain’t nothin’ new.”
The first full trailer for Riddick has hit, and this is more like it. If you’re like me, and you loved Pitch Black but were left indifferent to The Chronicles of Riddick, then buckle your seatbelts, because this looks much more like the sequel we should have gotten to writer/director David Twohy‘s fantastically fun sci-fi horror film. (If only it had a more inspired title…)
Chronicles gets points for ambition, but it felt way too bloated for its own good as a sequel to a claustrophobic, Alien-like creature feature. In the end, Vin Diesel‘s title character finds himself the new leader of an empire.
In this new film, Riddick is betrayed and left for dead on a sun-scorched planet teeming with alien predators. When he activates a distress call, he is descended upon by a pack of bounty hunters…and a figure from his past.
Check out the trailer below.
Riddick marks the third big-screen outing for Vin Diesel in the role. Diesel will be on the big screen next in Fast & Furious 6 on May 24.
Riddick opens September 6.
This is a bit of a companion piece to another article I wrote about movies I don’t love, despite containing some great scenes. In this case, I have movies that I do love, despite the fact that I can acknowledge them to have flaws. These are not necessarily the “Guilty Pleasures” – movies that you know are bad, but love anyway. These are films that are generally considered to be at least pretty good; they all rank in the global Top 2000 on Flickchart, and three rank in the global Top 200. They all rank in my personal Top 200, and two of them are in my Top 20. One is a Best Picture Oscar winner. Three of the other four were nominated for at least one Oscar, and the fifth made many critics’ Top 10 lists the year it came out. I love them all, but I can admit each of them has certain “issues”. Here they are, in ascending order on my Flickchart:
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The 2009 hit film Star Trek garnered many fans, as it became a big hit at the box office. But many new fans may not have realized that it was not the first movie in a new franchise, but rather the eleventh film in a franchise that celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. Tasked with revitalizing a venerable franchise that was on life support (Star Trek: Enterprise, the franchise’s fifth television series, had been canceled six years previously, and the tenth film, Star Trek: Nemesis, was a critical and box office dud in 2002), Star Trek actually faced a similar situation encountered by another film 27 years earlier. In many ways, the films are quite similar, and yet, in others, they are diametric opposites; as such, they become, as Mr. Spock might say, fascinating mirrors for each other. Join us as Reel Rumbles heads to the Final Frontier for a battle of galactic proportions: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan vs. Star Trek.
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Flickchart Ranking: #1678