Riddick is a Sci-Fi action film in The Chronicles of Riddick series, released in September 2013.Following the events of The Chronicles of Riddick, perennial badass Riddick has been betrayed by the Necromongers and left for dead on a desolate, temperate planet covered in deadly monsters. His only apparent way off is to activate a beacon that will draw mercenaries to him like vultures to a corpse.One ship brings a more lethal and violent type of mercenary, while the other brings a man whose hunt for Riddick is more personal than claiming a bounty. Oh, and a deadly storm is coming that will annihilate them all if they don't get off-world.The film stars Vin Diesel as Riddick, Katee Sackhoff as mercenary Dahl, Batista as mercenary Diaz and Karl Urban in flashback as Necromonger commander Vaako.Watch the first trailer here and the second trailer here.
This film provides examples of:
Acquired Poison Immunity: Riddick has to get through a narrow pass to get out of the desert into the fertile grasslands beyond. The pass houses a muddy pool with a poisonous scorpion creature that paralyzes its prey. He captures a younger, smaller creature, and extracts the poison. He tests it on a young desert dog first, then injects himself with small doses until he's built up an immunity.
Action Girl: Dahl is a seasoned mercenary and sniper, and beats up an attempted rapist.
All Animals Are Dogs: Riddick's alien animal isn't a dog, but everyone calls it that. It acts very dog-like by playing fetch, "pointing" at hazards like a hunting dog, and attacking Riddick's enemies. Justified from showing that these animals do have pack-like (as in, wolf) behavior early in the film.
And the Adventure Continues: At the end, Riddick gives one last goodbye to the surviving mercs, gets a ship from them and plans to head to Furya.
Anti-Villain: Boss Johns is after Riddick, but his grudge is quite personal, since he wants to know what happened to his son on M6-117 and if Riddick killed him. He also views Riddick as a dangerous, murdering savage. After learning that his son was a child-killing junkie, he keeps his promise to Riddick and they leave on good terms.
Armor Is Useless: Averted in the opening. Riddick uses one of his gauntlets to stop the attacking desert dog by the pool of water, although he later ditches the armor altogether.
Asshole Victim: Santana acts like such a stupid, malicious asshole throughout the film that he had his ironic death coming to him, and none of the characters mourn him.
Avenging the Villain: Mercenary Boss Johns wants to avenge the death of his son in Pitch Black at Riddick's hands rather than collect Riddick's bounty. After Riddick saves his life and tells him how much of a scumbag his son was, Boss Johns rescues Riddick from the monsters in turn and honors their earlier arrangement.
Awesome Moment of Crowning: At the start, Riddick is crowned as the new Lord Marshal by the Necromongers after he killed Zhylaw. The Necromonger host bows down in the throne room after Riddick is fitted with his new suit of armor.
Bloodier and Gorier / Darker and Edgier: Whereas The Chronicles of Riddick was pared down to a PG-13 rating for its theatrical version, this film goes the opposite way, with several extremely-gory shots (including half of a man's head being decapitated in full detail), full-frontal female nudity and constant profanity.
Bring It: Riddick tries this on the Necromonger officer trying to kill him. Instead, he grabs a couple of gravity rifles and collapses the entire cliff edge Riddick is using for cover.
Broken Pedestal: Riddick forces Boss Johns to accept that his son was an immoral junkie.
When the scorpions wake up due to the rainstorm, Riddick says to the other mercenaries, "Like I said, it ain't me you gotta worry about now," echoing the words he said in Pitch Black.
When the emergency transponder scans Riddick, the readout indicates that the bounty on him is worth twice as much if he's dead, whereas in Pitch Black, it is explained that the bounty is worth twice as much if he's alive. Also qualifies as a Brick Joke.
In the same sequence, the readout identifies him as "Richard B. Riddick: Escaped Convict; Murderer", which is how he personally introduces himself in Pitch Black.
A mercenary claims that "It should've been a four-man hunt, tops" for Riddick, an idea that Riddick found insulting in The Chronicles of Riddick.
Dahl finds that the morphine was taken from the merc station and notes that it's usually the first thing to go. One of the first things Johns did in Pitch Black after the crash was take the morphine supplies from the Hunter-Gratzner.
The scene showing Riddick hiding in plain sight on top of one of the mercenary ships echoes a similar scene in Pitch Black where Riddick is seen sitting in the distance on one of the survivors' chairs while they are preoccupied.
The Cameo: Karl Urban appears as Lord Vaako for all of one minute in a flashback.
Cardboard Prison: Apparently, Riddick's penchant for escape is so well known that the bounty on his head now pays more dead than alive. Even Riddick is a little surprised when he learns this.
Chekhov's Skill: Riddick chose the long and painful road to Acquired Poison Immunity instead of just climbing past the pool. He needs that venom resistance when the monsters are everywhere. He also becomes virtually immune to horse tranq darts, needing to be shot four times before he stays down.
Chiaroscuro: Much like Pitch Black, the last third of the film becomes this after the rainstorm begins, featuring scenes like Riddick partly covered in shadow while chained up, Boss Johns and Riddick fighting the serpents in the darkness, and the flashes of lightning that reveal the hordes of scorpions attacking.
Cool Pet: The desert dog cub who escapes from his pen is rescued by Riddick during his second encounter with the poisonous scorpion in the water, and matures to be a smart companion for Riddick.
Couldn't Find a Pen: The mercenary crews discover that Riddick had apparently stolen one of the ship's warp cores, as the locker it was placed in has the words "FAIR TRADE" scrawled in blood on it. It turns out that his is just a ploy by Riddick for Santana to open the locker.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: The Necromonger officer, after seeing Riddick knife three goons and come pretty close to nailing him as well, decides to just collapse the entire cliff Riddick is standing on to do him in.
Deliberate Injury Gambit: Riddick beats the first scorpion creature by goading it into biting his leg then decapitating it.
Disposable Woman: Upon landing on the planet, Santana orders a female bounty (who is implied to have been used as a sex slave by the crew) to be let loose, because she is using too much cargo weight and Riddick is worth more than her. As she runs away, Santana casually shoots her in the back, leaving her to bleed out and die in front of a hidden Riddick.
Dwindling Party: While Riddick is hunting the mercenaries and when the creatures on the planet start attacking them.
Riddick: One down. Three down. You get where I'm going with this.
Enemy Mine: The mercenaries are left with no choice but to work with Riddick in order to survive on the planet.
Diaz: Yeah, let's cut him loose.
Fanservice: There's various amounts of nudity in the film. The Lord Marshal's consorts are naked in bed, mercenary Dahl (Katee Sackhoff) takes a shower, and Riddick himself has a Shirtless Scene when he's looking at the planet's moon in the buff.
A Friend in Need: As in previous movies, Riddick responds instantly when his friends (or pets) are in danger. As in previous movies, all he gets for this is to watch them die.
Genre Blind: Falco deems an 11-man crew overkill for Riddick, claiming he's "just one man". He's considered an idiot for it, and predictably dies.
Gunship Rescue: Just as Riddick is about to be overpowered by the creatures, Johns arrives in his ship and blasts them all.
Hot Consort: The Lord Marshal has multiple gorgeous consorts who may or may not be his spouses, falling somewhere between polygamy and concubines.
Hotter and Sexier: There's more nudity than in previous installments, including from Riddick himself.
Incompatible Orientation: Dahl professes to be a lesbian, though it might just be to get Santana to drop his advances. Santana ignores her and continues to act like a lech, ending with a rape attempt compounded with the words "You know Dahl, we do have one thing in common. I don't fuck guys either."
I Gave My Word: Johns returns to save Riddick from the creatures after retrieving the power cell, much to his surprise.
In the Blood: Riddick mentions this about Boss Johns, saying they will see if he is as much of coward as his son was. He's not.
Ironic Echo: Riddick jokingly asking Dahl to straddle him before Santana attempts to decapitate him is later played seriously when she straddles him during the extraction from the cliff at the end of the film.
Jerkass: Santana proves himself to be a stupid, stubborn tool throughout the film. He releases and then shoots a female prisoner just because she's dead weight. He's rude to Boss Johns and his team, tries to rape Dahl, and refuses any help or advice until he's forced to because of his own ineptitude and malicious stupidity. Not even his own men like him all that much. Oh, and he kills Riddick's dog.
Just in Time: Boss Johns and the rest of the mercenaries show up to blow away the attacking scorpions just as Riddick is about to be overrun near the end of the film.
Karmic Death: Santana boasts that he's come to collect Riddick's head in a box to get the bounty on his head. He ends up getting killed by Riddick in the same way due to killing Riddick's pet dog.
Riddick: Don't know how many times I've been crossed off the list and left for dead. So this. This ain't nothing new.
Left for Dead: The Necromonger who collapses the edge of the cliff with Riddick on it leaves without making sure the latter is truly dead. Lampshaded later on by Riddick himself (as seen above).
The Load: Santana's crew are average run of the mill mercenaries who contribute little while stumbling into grisly deaths when compared to the elite members of Johns' party. Likewise, Santana himself adds nothing helpful at all to the situation. That said, once the planet's indigenous creatures start attacking in earnest and Santana has come to his predictable death, the three remaining mercs are immensely more helpful. One even survives. Take a wildguess which one.
Machete Mayhem: Santana is carrying a shiny machete that he plans to decapitate Riddick with. Riddick ends up using it on him in that exact way, using only his foot to balance and throw it.
Made of Iron: Riddick, of course. In the first half-hour of the film, he survives falling off a cliff, pulls himself to a pool of water with a broken leg, resets said leg (and then welds a makeshift brace to it by putting screws into his own leg), gets into several fights with desert dogs and scorpions and gives himself an immunity to the latter's poison.
Master of Your Domain: When the desert dogs pursue the wounded Riddick, he hides underwater in a pool of poisonous water. He slows down his own heartbeat to calm down and go unnoticed.
Pet the Dog: Riddick finds an abandoned desert dog pup, and keeps and cares for him so he can test the scorpion venom on him. When the dog breaks free and follows Riddick, he keeps the growing creature as a pet and shares his food with him.
Playing Gertrude: A male version- Matt Nable, who plays Boss Johns, the father of Johns from the first movie, is only three years older than Cole Hauser.
Precious Puppies: The desert dog puppy is rather cute, and Riddick quickly takes a liking to the loyal creature.
Punny Name: Possibly unintended, but Dahl ~ "doll".
Riddick has contempt for rapists, as in Assault on Dark Athena. When Santana gets on top of Dahl to rape her, he grabs his knife as if preparing to intervene, even though this would signal his presence. It turns out he didn't need to anyway, as she can beat him up easily.
It's heavily implied that the female prisoner was being used as a Sex Slave as well.
Real Life Writes the Plot / Reality Subtext: The relationship between Riddick and the desert dog he adopts was made to reflect Vin's relationship with his own dog Roman. Which makes it sadder, considering that Roman died in 2013, while the desert dog dies during the film.
Sacrificial Lamb: Santana's female prisoner pretty much only exists to showcase how much of a scumbag he is.
Sand Worm: The scorpion creatures are a variation, in that they are active in muddy water and dormant when it's dry. Once the rain hits, it's a Zerg Rush.
Self-Surgery: Twice in the film. When Riddick first wakes up after falling from the cliff, Riddick resets his broken leg and fashions a makeshift brace out of his armor (along with inserting the screws into his own legs!), and later cauterizes a chest wound by jamming a volcanic rock into it.
Shirtless Scene: Riddick strips down at night to find his animal side again. He climbs up a cliff and looks at the moon, showing his torso.
Shout-Out: Riddick rising out of the pool after the desert dogs leave in the opening (with his head slowly rising up from the water) is eerily reminiscent of Apocalypse Now.
Single-Biome Planet: Subverted. Riddick spends the first part of the movie stranded in a desert, and it seems like it covers the entire planet. Later he discovers a grassy valley beyond a rock formation.
Sleeves Are for Wimps: Riddick never bothers with them, and neither do most of the mercs once they get stuck into chasing him down.
Slightly averted in the case of Luna, who wears light armour over a sleeveless shirt. While not really a wimp, he's certainly the least mercenary-like.
Smug Snake: Santana. He really underestimates Riddick and the other mercs and when he tries to rape Dahl, he gets one hell of a beatdown.
The Starscream: Vaako views Riddick as unworthy of the Necromonger leadership, and arranges to get rid of him by promising to show him the way to Furya, but then betraying him by dumping him on a random barren planet. Interestingly he doesn't want the crown for its own sake, but to acquire the Lord Marshal's transcendent abilities from the Underverse. Given that Vaako was this to the previous Lord Marshal, it shouldn't be a surprise.
Sword Over Head: Santana tries it twice in an attempt to decapitate Riddick. The first time, he's thwarted by the sound of the scorpions coming out en masse during the rainstorm, and during the second, Riddick kicks him in the torso, which causes the sword to fly up and stick in the ceiling of the outpost.
Tempting Fate: When a second team arrives, one of the mercs keeps complaining that it's overkill, and they only need "4 guys tops" to deal with Riddick. His colleague lampshades how wrong he is, and repeats it after they start dying.
Those Two Guys: Falco and Nunez have a conversation about Riddick's actions and the merc's tactics.
Token Good Team Mate: Luna; though it really doesn't make sense how a kind, polite and sweet-tempered Devout-Christian sweetheart like him would end up working for a casual rapist like Santana; especially considering that Santana clearly holds his beliefs in patronizing contempt at best.
He was his lucky token.
Trailers Always Spoil: Of the "here are the bounty hunters who die and here are the plot twists you can expect" variety.
Underestimating Badassery: Falco has no clue about Riddick's exploits, and seem confused that so many men would be needed to capture a single individual, to the point of Tempting Fate by asking Nunez about it.
Walking Spoiler: Boss Johns, who is the father of the younger Johns from Pitch Black. His identity isn't spoiled until he drops a Wham Line halfway through the film, yet several online sites (including IMDB and this wiki) often spoil his name and his apparent purpose for tracking Riddick.
Wham Line: The second mercenary captain reveals his name to Santana after he takes charge.
Boss Johns: The name is Johns.
Would Hit a Girl: Santana has no problem hitting Dahl and trying to rape her, even though she's a member of another mercenary crew. Subverted, in that she beats him up a few seconds later and brushes the incident off.
Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Riddick states this was his reason forkilling Johns back on M6-117, as he was disgusted that Johns would try to kill Jack to distract the creatures.
X Meets Y: It's basically Pitch Black (hostile wildlife and planetary cycles placing tension on interpersonal conflicts) crossed with Dark Fury (technologically enhanced outlaws and a leader with a seriously unhealthy obsession with Riddick).
You Leave Him Alone!: When Johns becomes fed up with how Luna's crew abuses and takes advantange of his kind-nature, he angrily shouts at the Scary Black Man yelling at him to "Leave the boy alone."