MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff. Sci-fi action. Written by David Twohy, Jim Wheat. Directed by David Twohy.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In this sequel to Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, our anti-hero/escaped convict finds himself marooned on a sun-scorched planet and up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: both carrying mercenaries bent on killing Riddick. In other words, super-human Riddick fights bounty hunters and creatures all day long.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Vin Diesel gives his fans what they want Ė action from a fallen hero who wants to regain his mojo: "Somewhere along the way I lost a stepÖ gotta find that animal side again." Itís primal, for sure. Leaving the theater, youíll one to rev your engine and eat lots of meat. Just talking about it makes me want to go stalk a bear or something caveman-like.

Thereís not a lot of complexity to the story or in storyís characters, for that matter. Not much different than the previous installments. Itís just meant to be escapist fare for those who like to watch men wrestle and shoot each other. Demonic-looking creatures, titillating sexuality, and strong cursing are the other main ingredients, along with battle upon battle. No offense meant, but itís the kind of movie I suspect the real Flintstones would have appreciated.

Ladies, if you should attend along with your man, beware, your gender has not been courted. Itís a film designed to appease the Neanderthal in the male of the species. You may even hear him quietly grunt ďUggĒ at some point during the movie. Be patient, itís just a moment of regression. It will pass.

Note to readers: If youíre asking why I went to Riddick, the answer is a couple of reasons. First, I hadnít seen the first two, but they made money. Wanted to see why. Second, I didnít have anything to put up this week. Everything coming out is rated R. I had forgotten I had The Ultimate Life to put up. Generally, I only attend an R-rated movie if I think there will be some substance or perhaps some profundity. Alas, Riddick has little profundity. Just a lot of profanity.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Learning that the one woman among the crew prefers sex with women, one man calls her names.

Obscene Language: Over 100 obscenities, mostly the f-word.

Profanity: Five or more profane uses of Gods name and three of Christís, but none by the lead.

Violence: Sometimes jolting, sometimes gory, the film is brutally violent from start until finish; one woman has been held captive, it is implied that she has been raped by most of the crew; then she is set free only to be shot to death as she runs away; the only other woman in the film, a brutal warrior in her own right, is accosted, but she beats up her assailant.

Sex: No sex, but several scenes are very sexually suggestive; we do see a brief scene with four nude women cavorting in bed.

Nudity: Full frontal nudity as we see four women in one scene cavorting on a bed; we see a woman bathing, brief nudity in this scene.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 119 minutes
Intended Audience: Hairy men and women who love them.

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