Rated 3.0

Vin Diesel is back as the formidable interplanetary fugitive first seen in Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). This time, he's been left for dead on a sun-blazed world inhabited by predatory monsters; he finds his way to a deserted outpost and broadcasts his presence into space, planning to steal a ship and escape when bounty hunters show up to capture him. Writer-director David Twohy plops us down in the middle of his story and leaves us hanging at the end, waiting for Episode 4. In between, the movie is a harsh, gritty pleasure, straightforward and tautly suspenseful, and showcasing Twohy's knack for portraying truly alien worlds. Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable and Katee Sackhoff play three of the bounty hunters, and there's a cameo by Karl Urban as Riddick's nemesis from Chronicles.