Last week I watched Killing Them Softly, which stars Brad Pitt as a hit man and it was about as enjoyable as some light water boarding. While I can’t get that hour-and-a-half of my life back, I did get a kick out of some firearms-related tidbits in the movie and one gun in particular absolutely cracked me up. Sometimes it’s annoying to recognize inconsistencies, mistakes, and Hollywood shortcuts, but sometimes it’s amusing. Right? . . .
And the award for shortest sawed-off shotgun of all time goes to… Killing Them Softly!
It almost killed me with laughter. There’s like negative 1/2″ of barrel on this SxS lulz-maker. The shells are actually sticking out the end! Love it. I hope whoever came up with this ingenious idea was cracking up the whole time.
Before that ridiculous shotty made its cinematic debut, Brad Pitt pulled out a Hi-Power in the completion of his first hit. The scene takes place at night, in the rain, and it was shot in super slow-mo. The cinematography and such was awesome, and you get to see the pistol cycling, frame-by-frame, from a few different angles.
But it was ejecting blanks! Like really, really obvious blanks with giant crimped noses. These screen grabs from IMFDB (the ones above are also from there) don’t even do justice to how in-your-face the crimped ends were.
I saw another movie in the past couple of months that also featured crimped blanks ejecting in slow-mo, but don’t remember what it was. I do recall [unsuccessfully] attempting to make my wife care that a flash hider was installed upside down while watching Skyfall in the theater:
So, what’s the verdict? Can you keep your mouth shut when you see something like this in a flick, or do you get sucked into the trap like I do and blurt out the myriad little errors and mistakes that almost always seem to make a cameo?
EDIT: somehow I forgot to include this! Best. Death. Scene. Ever.