Some of the complications in which the script co-authored by series writer- director David Twohy, places Riddick parallel the first two installments of the trilogy. But the man-versus-monster malarkey is likely to elicit delighted groans from the young adult viewers. Our galactic fugitive even ‘adopts’ a feral critter — a cross between a canine and a zebra — which freaks out his exasperated pursuers. Heavy going for the most part, many of the scenes are further hampered by portentous dialogue and less-than-swift pacing. On the other hand, the creature design is by and large imaginative. Also, the lone female in the cast, Katee Sackhoff is eminently camera-friendly. In the acting department, however, she still has miles to go.
An effects-centric fantasy, Riddick is strictly for fans of grungy sci-fi adventures.