The soldier and I watched Die Hard last night which believe or not, I had never seen. He stopped the movie repeatedly to explain how technically accurate it was as far as how an operation is actually planned and executed. Specifically familiar with every weapon used in the movie, (and calling himself the Special Forces weapons sergeant of all weapon sergeants) he explained whoever wrote the money had done their homework to the nth degree.
For example Bruce Willis has a beretta in the movie, a gun the soldier does not prefer but he says one of it’s features is an ambidextrous safety. You can use either hand to engage or disengage the safety of the gun and he pointed out how Bruce Willis kept changing hands to highlight this.
Now there were more than one type of (foreign) sub machine guns used in the movies and he stopped to film at one point where the terrorist holding one uses a specific (dramatic) hand motion when readying to shoot. The soldier explained he had been through their version of SF training around this weapon (Heckler & Koch which he calls Heckler and Crotch) and they insist you do this maneuver in exactly this way. He demonstrated the other ways you can achieve the same end but said they INSIST you use this specific motion.
Later in movie, Willis gets one of the guns and uses it to brace and anchor a rope in a window so he can lower himself down. The soldier said this was also to show off the gun – They go on about how much abuse it can take in the field and still be accurate.
At one point, Willis throws an explosive down an elevator shaft and because of the narrow space it has maximum power when it explodes. The soldier said that was the perfect thing to do and you get the idea. He really enjoys movies that are realistic.
In the beginning of the movie the leader of the terrorists run down the life history of the CEO of the corporation which the soldier says is also accurate.
“By the time you go after a target, you have spent months studying every detail about him. Yep, you have been in isolation learning everything under the sun about the guy, watching films and examining him from every angle so by the time you get there, he doesn’t know what hit him. It’s psychological…”
He compares this movie to the type he hates… people who make movies about war who know nothing about it:
“Yeah, I can’t even watch that. There is a line in there where they say, regular army. The other guy says something like, can’t we just call everyone regular army? What is there, a irregular army?”
“Well there are irregular forces but that is not what they mean. Regular army is the regular army, it means you are in full time. The others are the reserve army. The reserve army not the irregular army, you dumbass. Yeah, P. I can’t watch stuff like that – People making movies about things they obviously know nothing about.”