ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
There’s a fourth part of the Chronicles of Riddick franchise in the pipeline, according to a January Facebook post from star Vin Diesel, thanks to almost $100 million at the box office and brisk DVD sales for this third instalment. Writer/director David Twohy continues to steer the ship, as the 26th-century saga unfolds with Diesel’s musclebound, deep-voiced recidivist receiving a promotion along the way. He now commands the Necromonger fleet (go with it) and rules over restive subjects and everything. A voyage to an arid planet leaves Riddick injured and under attack from “night creatures” and inclement weather, then marauded by bounty hunters. This motley, multi-ethnic crew has the ring of Alien about it – and Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff is a welcome, Ripley-like addition – but it is mainly a sequence of attacks, both internecine and external, and what we might call hardware porn. The design is excellent, and Diesel holds the whole space opera together with his booming baritone.
Tonight Matt (Damon) is going to be Jude Law in this stylish tale of murder and identity theft based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel and directed by Anthony Minghella.
The Ring ★★★
Journalist Naomi Watts discovers that some video nasties are much, much worse than others in this disturbing, genuinely creepy horror.
Legally Blonde ★★★★
Blondes don’t just have more fun, they have more brains, chutzpah and much else besides in this “revenge of the bimbo” comedy starring Reese Witherspoon.
Bradley Cooper goes from zero to hero after popping a pill in this witty thriller, which co-stars Robert De Niro.