Apr 152011
 
There’s this scene of the surface fight with the Necromongers, which got known as the ‘One step, one kill’ scene.
I found that scene worth analyzing for the answer of two questions:
First, how many Necros does Riddick really take out, and second, there is a movement I was particularly interested in, which, as I will show in this analysis, wouldn’t work in real life.First, the ‘Numbers’ analysis; Riddick (at least in the Director’s Cut!) takes out…

…1… (with his boot knife)
…2…(with the Necro gun he took from the first Necro)
…now, besides the blades on his back, he has two weapons in his hands: The Necro gun and his boot knife.
…3…(knife)
…4…(gun)
…5… (knife)
…6…(gun)
…7…(knife)
….Kyra’s book knives flap out…
…8… (with Kyra, whirling her around with her boot blades)
…9… (with Kyra, whirling her around with her boot blades)
…note that you can’t see any boot blades on Kyra’s boots if you watch the scene picture by picture…
…10… (with Kyra, whirling her around with her boot blades)
…11… (with Kyra, whirling her around with her boot blades)
…12… (with Kyra, whirling her around with her boot blades)
…13… (with his back knives)
…14… (with his back knives)
…15… (with his back knives)
…16… (with his back knives)
…17… (with his back knives)
…18… (with his back knives)
…19… (with his back knives)
…20… (with his back knives)
…21… (with his back knives)
…22… (with his back knives)
…23… (with his back knives)
…24… (with his back knives)
…25… (with his back knives)
…26… (with his back knives)
…27… (with his back knives)
…28… (with his back knives)
…29… (with his back knives)
…30… (with his back knives)
…31… (with his back knives)
…32… (with his back knives)
…33… (with his back knives)
…34… (with his back knives)
…35… (with his back knives)
…36… (with his back knives)
…37… (with his back knives)
…note that despite Riddick just having killed 25 Necros with those knives, there’s no blood on the blades…
..38… (with his back knives)
…39… (with his back knives)
…40… (with his feet – the blades got stuck in Necro #39)
…41… (with his bare hands)
…42… (with his bare hands)
…43… (with his bare hands)
…44… (with his bare hands)
…45… (with his bare hands)
…46… (with the knife of Necro #39)
…47… (with his bare hands)
…and that’s it – he’s shot by Vaako…
…and is thrown with Necro #47, who blocked the shot, over Crematoria’s surface.

So the answer to *this* question is not “42”, but Riddick cuts, shoots, beats and kicks his way through 47 Necromonger soldiers, their armor giving no protection from any of those! 😉 Note that I didn’t count in the Necromonger that’s taken out by Kyra with her boot blades when she sits on him – a stunt she could only perform because Riddick threw her on him.

And now to the movement that’s impossible to perform…

Alright, so Riddick’s got those crooked blades on his back:..

…which he by the way obviously took from one of the Crematoria prison wards…

..they’re in a leather holster on his back…

and it’s pretty clear that the handles are pointing upwards, and the blades are secured downwards.

Now, to pull these blades out during the Crematoria Necro surface fight, Riddick performs this movement…:

which is absolutely impossible, except if Riddick would have dislocated his shoulder joints.
There is no way how he could have pulled the knives from the holster by reaching for them from that angle, as the downwards fixed knives with the upwards pointing handles would have required to be pulled out from *over* the shoulders, not under them.
Note that this shot,
not taking more than 1.5 seconds in both the theatrical- and Director’s cut, is cut twice; so this cutting obviously explains how the knives got into Vin Diesel’s hands; but I think that this here is one of the two biggest movie mistakes in ‘The Chronicles of Riddick’.

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