Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Movie Guns XXX

So here it is! Another Movie Guns for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy it while you can cos' I won't be able to get in a post this weekend for sure.

This particular post is a request from Hell in a Handbasket, who is responsible for most of my site traffic. I appreciate him linking to me week after week, and so to show my gratitude I have taken over fifty frames for this post, and that's after passing up a ton of other frames because the movie is so dark that the weapons are hard to see.

This week's Movie Guns is on the film Underworld. I have watched this movie dozens of times, but never from the beginning. If you like vampire movies, than this one is for you. If you don't care for werewolves or vampires, than you might be interested in a skin tight, patent leather clad Kate Beckinsale running around with a brace of automatic handguns! This movie no doubt encouraged untold numbers of middle school boys to put on makeup, paint their fingernails black, and don a white ruffled shirt with black leather pants before heading out to the mall, and even if you're not interested in plot (yes, there is a plot) than the amount of deadly hardware wielded in this film will fit the bill.

The plot revolves around a vampire named Selene (Kate Beckinsale) who's career as a "Death Dealer" involves killing Lycans (the werewolves). I'm going in rough order as there are lots of pictures, and I had to skip around a bit. If you want the whole gist of the film than you would be better off watching it first.

The first picture is from the scene at the begining in a subway. The Lycans are chasing a human, and the vampires are chasing the Lycans. A gunbattle breaks out between them, and a large Lycan named Raze (Kevin Grevioux) pulls out a pair of Steyr TMPs and starts firing:
1st Shot Low

He's definitely right handed as the pistol in his left hand is firing at the ground.
Not Left Handed

He does a not-so-quick reload, showing the hand-finds-hand concept of why modern handguns are engineered with the magazine in the grip:
Hand Finds Hand

Selene responds with some machine pistol fire of her own with this brace of Berettas that look like compensated 92Fs, but may actually be 93Rs that have been built to look like 92Fs:
Twin Berettas
Hollywood High Ready

It has to be said that Kate Beckinsale must have had extensive training for this film as she doesn't flinch a bit. With some of the huge fireballs that come out of the muzzle later on, she squints a little, but for most of the movie she has the guns up at eye level and keeps her eyes open, showing no emotion - like Todd Jarrett in that Crimson Trace commercial on the Outdoor Channel (yes, I'm a dork).

At one point she reloads the Berettas, although I'm not sure anyone can do it that easily:
Berettas Reload

Here, another Death Dealer is blasting away with a H&K USP Compact, and he quickly gets cut down by a Lycan with a Desert Eagle:
H&K USP Compact
All Bow To The Mighty Desert Eagle
Flaming Eagle
No word on why this guy decided to bring a compact pistol to a fight where everyone else is either firing two weapons on full auto, or are firing rounds that are a half an inch in diameter.

A no-name Death Dealer is seen here reloading his Walther P99:
Walther P99

When Selene runs her Berettas dry, she reaches behind her back and draws a brace of two-tone Walther P99s, which is odd because during the entire film I didn't see one single holster on anyone. Of note is that these pistols are select fire, but I'm not aware of Walther ever making select fire handguns, or any full auto weapons at that:
Brace of Walther P99s

Here she's doing an decent reload with the Walthers:
Decent Reload

And a close up:
Walther P99 Close
Notice the distinct decocker just in front of the rear sight, and I have no idea what that thingie is on the dust cover.

When Raze closes in on her, she throws these ninja star looking things at him and hits him square in the chest:
Vampire Ninja Stars

If you use an extravagant type of weapon, it pays to at least be good with them!

Well, that battle ends, and Selene and Raze live on. Selene heads back to the mansion where she and all the other vampires live, and goes straight to the chief Death Dealer, Kahn (Robbie Gee), at the arms room.

As she's walking in you can get a glimpse of a MG42 LMG and a M134 minigun on the shelves behind Kahn:
MG42
M134

Moments later, you can see a H&K PSG1 in between Selene and Kahn, and a few AMD-65s over Kahn's right shoulder:
H&K PSG1
Gun Collection
There is a Steyr TMP, and an H&K MP5 and MP5K on the table.

The whole reason Selene went to see Kahn is to show him the ammunition that the Lycans were using against her in the subway, which have bullets that contain some glowing ultra violet light:
Glowing Boooolits

Selene decides to take her angst out at the indoor shooting range, that for some reason has safety glass separating the dudes on the left from stray rounds. Yikes!!
Dangerous

After her range time, she retires to her room and disassembles her Berettas, one of which is shown here next to a Desert Eagle, the two Walthers, and a Benchmade rescue hook:
Disassembled Beretta 92F
Benchmade Rescue Hook

Later on, Selene takes the human that the Lycans were chasing earlier, named Corvin (Scott Speedman), to a safehouse. The safehouse turns out to not be so safe when Selene returns to pick him up, and finds out that the Lycans have followed her there.

The Lycans don't bother to stack up next to the door, or even take cover for that matter, and Selene shoots through the door and guns them all down with one of her auto Berettas:
Full Auto Beretta
Stop Flagging Your Friend
Check out the guy at the extreme right flagging his buddy with a pistol!

She runs out of the room, only to see a bunch of werewolves coming at her down the hallway:
Werewolves!!

I think blasting zombies would be cool, but werewolves are way bigger and much stronger, so I don't think I'd be as confident as Selene when in this sort of situation. She handles it well with some more automatic fire from her twin Berettas:
Big Flame

The no-freaking-way award comes when, without reloading, she fires both pistols into the floor in order to cut an escape route to the floor below:
Floor Shootin
Impossible

It sure looks cool though! Look close in the top pic (click to make large) and you can see eight 9mm shell casings in the air!

Selene covers Corvin while he escapes, but not before he was bit by the chief Lycan, named Lucian (Michael Sheen), seen here holding a Franchi SPAS 12 shotgun while talking to his fellow Lycans:
Franchi SPAS12

He's planning to use the guy to make a vampire/werewolf hybrid.

Selene is back at the mansion where Kahn is showing here the new anti-Lycan ammunition that is filled with liquid silver, seen here in a H&K USP Match 9mm that he hands her:
H&K USPs
Ghetto H&K USP
Ghetto H&K Front
Real Silver Bullet
You can see in the first picture her Walther P99, as well as a H&K USP. How that bullet is supposed to stay intact while being forced down a steel tube under pressure from an explosion is the question of the day.

Getting toward the end battle, the Lycans are arming themselves with AK47s, H&K G36Ks and H&K G36KEs:
AK47
H&K G36KE

In the back of an armored van, the Lycans have a whole rack of AK47s:
Lots of AKs

The vampires seem to prefer H&K MP5s, like these MP5Ks and MP5K PDWs:
H&K MP5Ks H&K MP5K

Kahn is in his armory holding his weapon of choice: a Colt M4 varient with an unknown optic and a big-ass red lens flashlight:
M4gery

On the gunrack in the vampire safehouse is a Colt M16A2, a L85A2, and a Steyr AUG, as well as a whole rack of AK47s:
M16A2 SA80 Steyr AUG

I'd love to have an arms room like that!!! Wow!

In the end shootout, one of the vampires pulls out a shiny hand grenade of unknown type, and blows him up some Lycans:
Vampire Grenade

Selene is kicking ass with her select fire Walther P99s:
Kate Beckinsale in Skin Tight Patent Leather With Twin Walthers
Twin Full Auto Walthers

Everyone else is busy dying because they don't use the sights, fire one handed, hip fire, or run out from behind cover and stand in the middle of the room where everyone can take a shot at them:
Hip Fire
USE THE SIGHTS!!
One Handed Fire
H&K MP5

There is no possible way anyone can fire a H&K MP5K one handed with any degree of accuracy. Maybe that's why they don't hit anyone in the fight! Something cool I noticed though is that the Lycans taped Surefire flashlights to the front of their H&K G36KEs:
Taped Surefires

Lucian loads up his Desert Eagle with glowing boooolits, which from the looks of it is the .44 Magnum version, if the magazine is any indicator:
Loading Desert Eagle

The last fight is between the Head vampire, Viktor (Bill Nighy), and Selene and Corvin.

Selene slices Viktor up nice with his own sword that he dropped while fighting with Corvin, and before he even notices that he's dead, he pulls out two knives from under his faux leather cape:
Cool Sword
Sword Violence
Twin Blades

I won't spoil what happens next because it's really cool, so you will just have to check it out yourself. And that's the show, folks!

Again, Kate Beckinsale was impressive during this movie for her gun handling skills, among other things. She keeps the gun at eye level and maintains a correct grip on the pistol. I do realize that there is no way she could control a full auto pistol firing real ammunition, and I'm not a subscriber to the gun-in-each-hand theory of gunfighting either. It does make for good TV though!

Something I wondered about though was why did the Lycans even bother to arm themselves at the end if they're so much more deadly when they transform into werewolves?

Strange.

Enjoy the post, and thanks again to James form Hell in a Handbasket!
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