Review: Fighting is as bad as writing in 'Riddick'

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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 12:00 am

The lack of imagination in “Riddick,” the third installment in director-writer David Twohy's increasingly forgettable sci-fi franchise, is so stunning that it's almost like a special effect in itself. In fact, if they handed out awards for dull action-movie cliches, witless sexist jokes, leaden pacing and tiring CGI, then Twohy better start writing his acceptance speech now.

After the overblown “Chronicles of Riddick,” Twohy was supposedly going to go back to the lean simplicity that made the first Riddick film, “Pitch Black” in 2000, a cool little cinematic calling card. That film starred Vin Diesel as an escaped convict fighting to stay alive on a planet of hungry predators.

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