Finally saw Riddick.
It really was the same basic plot of the first movie. Just with more people you didn't care about dying horribly. And really not even dying horribly. More like...slapstick with blood. Like the guy who got his head chopped off...from the jaw up.
At one point, even Riddick pointed out the similarity between this movie and the first one.
As this franchise drags on, it seems like the waffle more and more about whether to keep Riddick a villain, or to cast him as a good guy. It was fun to watch his quiet, rumbling menace in the first film, but at this point, Riddick's entire life is a collection of one-liners. In the first movie, he came off as a total dangerous fucking freak, snipping off a bitch's hair and shit. You got the sense that he could explode at any moment and start killing everyone around him just to watch them bleed. It was uncomfortable to like Riddick, but that was a good thing.
Now, they want to make it easier to like Riddick. They even gave him a puppy. Be advised, I shit you not. A damn puppy. And he's got this streak of nobility in him. I dunno...maybe he got that from Caroline's death in the first movie, but whatever. It ends predictably.
I'm thinking a lot of Riddick's problems could be avoided if he just carried a gun. Sure, it doesn't have the range of a homemade shiv, but it might have avoided this whole mess in the first place.
"You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute,
And now and then stab, as occasion serves."
Edward II: Act 2 Scene 1, by Christopher Marlowe