Happy Veteran's Day!!!
Today is a good day to celebrate another Movie Guns; although I probably could have picked a movie that honors our men and women in uniform. Oh well.
The idea for today's pick came from this post over at Fighting for Liberty. James, I was movie shopping for your pick, but Target was all out, so I will hit Best Buy for a copy and do the post for next weekend.
The pick for this week is the film Resident Evil. There's something for everybody in this movie: guns, zombies, guns, a cool plot, guns, Milla Jovovich in a short skirt (with guns). You just can't go wrong!
The plot is kinda deep, so I'll let you sort that out when you watch the movie (you are going to watch it, aren't you?). I'm gonna cover the guns.
First stop is a beautiful mansion where Alice (Milla Jovovich) wakes up and can't remember a thing. Some dude named Matt (Eric Mabius) comes barging in right before a group of mall ninja come smashing through the windows:
No word on why the ninja felt like they needed to rappel dramatically through the windows and onto the ground floor of the house. I guess it makes for good TV. Anyways, they have on British FM12 gas masks that lack a canister (filter, for the layman):
Matt pulls a Springfield Armory 1911 from a shoulder holster, which at first looked like a crossdraw holster, but the ninja disarm him:
The ninja are part of a "sanitation" team, and they carry an assortment of weapons like this H&K P7 and S&W P99:
And even a Ka-Bar:
Some of the ninja have H&K G36K rifles, and one of them has a bent barrel:
The mansion is actually the surface portion of an underground research facility, called the 'Hive', that makes biological weapons. The ninja take Alice and Matt onto a train that takes them into the Hive to see what set off an alarm in the facility. On the train, they discover another man named Spence (James Purefoy) who also has amnesia like Alice. Also, on the train one of the ninja flags Matt with his rifle:
Rules one and two!!
When they get off the train, the mall ninja get all tactical and start to search for bad guys. As they are searching, the Hive's computer is identifying their weapons with a camera:
Notice the computer calls the magazines "clips," and identifies the "One's" (Colin Salmon) sidearm as a Colt Government Target, which I later reveal that it's not, and another ninja's sidearm as a S&W Model 910, which it is not.
Here we have a glimpse of the One's 1911 and another ninja's S&W Model 4506; both of which are in Safariland thigh holsters:
Why none of them have lights on their weapons is unclear.
The One is carrying a H&K G36K carbine with the AG36 grenade launcher mounted under it:
Take note that his thigh holster is mounted way too low.
A no name ninja is seen here moments before a gruesome death with a H&K MP5KA4 and mounted Walther red dot sight:
Here is another look at that weapon, seen in Alice's flashback:
Next, we have Alice wandering about by herself when she finds a Beretta Inox on a dead guard. She wisely picks it up, and moments later gets into a scrap with a pack of zombie dogs!!
She gets some work done with the Inox:
OOOooohh!! Exploding zombie dog brains are my favorite!!
During all of this I caught a picture of the Inox cycling a blank cartridge:
To see a video clip of this scene, go here.
Alice joins Matt, Spence, and the rest of the ninja in what is supposed to be a cafeteria, but is definitely not. The Hive's computers were successfully shut down, which opened all of the safety doors and let out. . .
ZOMBIES! ! !
Oh, hell yes!! Machine guns and zombies make for great entertainment!
Apparently the virus that was being manufactured turns good and decent folk into flesh eating zombies. The virus was deliberately released in the Hive, which killed everyone and turned them zombie. The One erroniously calls the virus a "nerve gas," which is definitely wrong as Nerve agents are liquid, not gas, and are not a biological agent like a virus is.
Here we have what the Hive's computer thought was a S&W Model 910, but is actually a S&W Model 4506:
Kaplan (Martin Crewes) is carrying a S&W Model 60 with a 3" barrel for some odd reason:
Before you say it, there is nothing wrong with the killing potential of the Model 60, but for uber tactical ninja operators to be walking about with one as a primary weapon, while everyone else carries an H&K (everyone knows only REAL "operators" carry H&K), is kinda odd.
Back to the desperate fight at hand, we have a H&K G36K with the dual optic, and the guy isn't even using it. I guess sights are for POG's:
Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) is using a H&K MP5KA4 with the Walther red dot and dual magazine:
She sometimes uses the scope, which begs the question: why do uber tactical ninja operators have $19,000 weapons with $35 optics?
After the fight, we have Rain, Alice, Matt, Spence, and Kaplan left. Everyone else was killed by lazer beams or became zombie fodder. Rain was bit on the hand, and we all know what that means, but she has a ways to go before she craves the taste of flesh, so she soldiers on with this 1911 that has the hammer down. Curse you Hollywood!
Actually, throughout the movie the 1911s are sometimes hammer up, sometimes hammer down. I guess it depends on whether the actor remembers to thumb it back or not.
That 1911 is an interesting one. It's supposed to be a "Colt Government Target" like the One's, but it's actually a Springfield Armory disguized as a Colt Gold Cup:
Matt's Springfield 1911 is still around, as can be seen here in the hands of Spence when he betrays everyone:
What's interesting about this one is that it is a Springfield Armory Milspec model that morphs back and forth between a regular Milspec and the odd railed model:
See the Springfield roll mark on the slide? Does anyone know what type of rail that is? It's not a Dawson, that's for sure.
Winding down now, we have a huge zombie, called a Licker, that busts into the room and starts chasing Alice, Matt, Rain, and Kaplan:
Spence falls prey to the Licker, and becomes an icky looking zombie until Alice kills him with the 1911:
The Licker then attacks the train as Alice, Matt, Kaplan, and Rain try to get to the surface. The thing eats Kaplan, and Rain finally turns zombie and tries to eat her some human, but Alice takes them all out with her trusty new Springfield. You can always count on a 1911!
Last, but not least, we have Alice waking up in some laboratory hospital, only to find out that the virus has started to take over the world by turning everyone into a zombie. She is last seen arming herself with a High Standard K-1200 Riot shotgun that she takes from a police car:
That's it folks! Have a happy Veteran's Day!!
Update: The S&W 4506 might actually be a Model 5903 or a 5906. I police my own posts from time to time and noticed that the barrel is too short to be a 4506.
That is all.