I saw the third movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a fun adventure SF movie, reminiscent of the first movie, full of tough-guy heroics and dangerous-ass creatures. It never dragged, never left me looking at my watch as so many movies do, and while it didn’t advance the arc of the Necrom storyline (which I did not much care for anyway) it had the originality I’ve come to associate with Riddick. Nowadays, if you take away the remakes, Star Trek, Star Wars and comic book movies, SF is a pretty teeny genre, and a lot of the movies not in that group have tiny budgets that hurt their ability to convincingly create alien worlds. In this Riddick, they’ve done a pretty good job of creating an alien world. A little sense of wonder there. I lurves me that in my SF.
There were of course a couple of plot holes, I’ll spoiler box them for those who have not seen the movie yet:
So, where do all the giant scorpion monsters come from every time it rains? Are they buried in the ground or do they use the dampness to follow the rains wherever they lead? If so, what happens to them when things get dry? Makes no sense. Also, why do the giant scorpion things need water so badly? Their legs seem well designed for walking on dry land. And finally, why does the pool Riddick jumps in to evade the hellhounds not contain giant scorpions, if they’re in every fricking mud puddle left by a rainstorm? And finally, where is the REST of the fauna on that planet, is it all just hellhounds and scorpions now?
So, you’re on a planet chasing an extremely dangerous criminal and so to keep him from stealing your ship, which you KNOW is what he’s after, you cripple the ship by putting an essential part in a locker outside the ship? Why not cripple the ship by putting the part in a locker INSIDE the ship so you won’t have to run around the place the criminal knows much better than you to get back into the air? Does your ship not have doors, keys, lockers, etc.? Just sayin!
All in all, though, I had a fine time and considered the money well spent. Then again, I liked watching Prometheus on the big screen too, though it turned out to be MADE of plot flaws. So there’s that.