The movie HEAT is notorious. It had a huge effect across the USA. Because of this movie, cops are now wearing heavier levels of body armor and carry rifles more often than shotguns in many departments around the country. This is because the bad guys saw this movie too… and decided to do it like that did. Especially 2 fellows who held up a Bank Of America in LA. This flick also had an effect on Hollywood. Since then many movie makers have strived for more realistic gun fight scenes. The reason is because HEAT has the best gun battle in it. Ask any group of gun nuts about celluloid fire fights, and HEAT will always come up. Always. Enough has been said about he movie by me and every other critic out there, so I’ll just do what I do and talk about the guns.
The movie RONIN is on of the more interesting action movies out there. The story line is simple and the plot is pretty straight forward, but it is subtle. Action movies traditionally are about as subtle as a brick to the head, so this sets Ronin apart.
I’m not going to lecture about the details and philosophy of the Matrix universe. What I’m going to do instead is an attempt to examine the firearms used in the movies and why the characters would use them. So, let us begin at the beginning.
It came out the Terrorist in the Baton Rouge police ambush used an IWI Tavor rifle. Some words were thrown out by some media sources. “Assault Rifle”, “High Powered”, “Sniper Rifle”.
It’s not an assault rifle. Sure, it’s similar to the weapon used by the Israeli Defense Forces… But it is not a select fire weapon. The TAVOR doesn’t have a Shoulder Thing That Goes Up. It does not have a Bayonet Lug. It doesn’t have a Heat Shield. It doesn’t have an Adjustable Stock. So by all definitions, it’s not an assault rifle.
It’s chambered in 5.56mm – which is .22 Caliber. 5.56mm Nato is based on the .223 Remington cartridge. (Note the first two numbers after the decimal point is “22”) The .223 Remington was designed as a Varmint round. Varmints as being small critters like Rabbits and Squirrels. On many boxes of .223 ammunition, you’ll see images of small rodent type animals. Not Big Game. Not even a small White Tail Deer. So it’s not a “High Powered” rifle. Not even close.
What made the Tavor so deadly was the Man Behind the Trigger. Who was trained in the use of firearms, yes… But the man had EVIL intent. This is the difference between the the Good Guys and the Bad Guys.
What he used as his tool is not important. In France, we saw the tool was a truck. In Boston, we saw the tools were Pressure Cookers. The tool doesn’t matter. It’s how it’s used.
In both cases – Extreme Hate was the catalyst for Evil thoughts to be turned into extreme actions and Evil was carried out. The Tool doesn’t matter, where he got the tool, doesn’t matter. What matters is that it started with Hate.
Hate is where fingers should be pointed.