First Full-Length Trailer for RIDDICK

With Fast & Furious 6 opening in just over a week Universal Pictures has also decided to release the first full length trailer for Vin Diesel's other, albeit much less mainstream, franchise simply titled Riddick. I have not seen Pitch Black or The Chronicles of Riddick and have never really had any interest in doing so, but thought I might if this latest film looked interesting enough. Unfortunately, this nearly three minute trailer makes the film look like a video game adaptation more than anything else and though it doesn't give much away in terms of plot it all comes across rather standard even if it does seem accessible for those of us who haven't seen the first two films. Just looking through the IMDB pages for each film reveals that the same director has been at the helm for each which lends a credible sense to the trilogy, but the only actor besides Diesel who's continued from part two to three is the always reliable Karl Urban (as far as I can tell anyway). The special effects look rather cheap at times and the synopsis likely makes this sound better than it will turn out to be, but I'm intrigued by the sci-fi aspect of the films and no matter how hard one might try, it is hard to deny the charisma of Diesel in any role, even if he is playing the antihero. The first two films must have worked for some reason though and so I won't count Riddick out yet, but I hope the remainder of the marketing is more compelling as I want to like these films, but just haven't had the interest piqued as of yet. The film also stars Katee Sackhoff, David Bautista, Jordi MollĂ , Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, and Nolan Gerard Funk. Riddick opens in traditional and IMAX theaters on September 6th. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Synopsis: The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. 

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. 

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

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