A while back, Vin Diesel agreed to make a cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) in exchange for the rights to the “Riddick” franchise. Riddick is financed independently and Diesel even leveraged his house in order to fund it. On it’s opening weekend it earned 19 million domestically on its 38 million dollar production budget.
I find the production story behind Riddick to be absolutely inspiring. I only wish I enjoyed the movie as much as I enjoyed hearing about the passion that went into it. The effort definitely shows, and I think the lack of studio involvement makes it a more entertaining film. I love that they went for an uncompromising ‘R’ rating, and I love that the storyline doesn’t follow the traditional Hollywood formula, but I didn’t have nearly as much fun as I was hoping I would.
This isn’t a case where I didn’t like it and don’t understand why other’s do though. The “Riddick” franchise is definitely a cult franchise, and I can totally understand somebody having a ton of fun watching this. It’s just not for me. The film never hit me on an emotional level. I was never bored while watching this movie, but I was never invested in it. If you’re in the right mindset and/or love these survivalist action-thrillers, I would definitely recommend it. From a traditional standpoint however, it’s nothing special. For me, it was neither bad nor good. It just existed. 5/10.