As if young adults with their fancy music and new haircuts weren’t enough to terrify you back into your safe room, now some of them have found weapons and know how to use them. Stay safe behind your couch while you watch youth with guns: six movies featuring teen gun fights – and keep your mouth shut about them being on your lawn.
Class conflicts, gang warfare, and social perspectives provide for the thinking man and the stabbing man in “The Outsiders.” With multiple dump trucks of upcoming talent in the cast, the story pushes past the ordinary “wrong side of the tracks” plotline and manages to deftly tackle morality, heroism, social conflicts, and the power of friends as a familial group. Dally overcomes his sorrow over his buddy’s death by utilizing the “suicide by cop” method in his own personal robbery/teen gun fight in a scene that feels picture perfect.
Before “The Hunger Games” and featuring far less shades of pale, there was “Battle Royale” for all your teen violence needs. A class is chosen to face off on an island designed to help kill them during the three-day murder spree. The killing and paranoia are intense; especially Kiriyama’s little Uzi founded death-fest scene against another student group as he makes a solid entry into gun fighting history.
“Leon: The Professional”
Nothing gives more glory to the gods of violence than a young Natalie Portman on her quest to become an assassin. People get shot, killed and actually die without the happier endings in “Leon: The Professional” and it’s all for one hell of an interesting story between a man who could never have a daughter and a daughter who never had anything but the semblance of a father. Mathilda’s utter disregard for repercussions in any upcoming gun fight is perfectly modeled as she fires off multiple rounds out the hotel window, just to prove she’s ready for anything, in a scene that skillfully startles its audience.
“City of God”
Little Dice kicks off a serious gunfight as he becomes the sole cause of changing a hotel robbery into a hotel massacre in “City of God.” Depressing, scary, and as close to horrifying as you want to get with a movie based on reality, this film doesn’t make light of the tragic combination of guns and kids but brings it to a natural non-Hollywood conclusion. Shaggy’s death in the slow paced car jacking scene as it transitions to quick gun fight manages to carry the poignancy of a life snuffed out early before any redemption could be sought, while still keeping the action fast and grimy.
A tale of love, bad parenting and the extracurricular activity of bank robbing, “Pups” takes a ridiculous idea and squeezes some emotionally compelling acting out of it. Now most teens would actually comply or at least run when confronted with a policeman who yells, “freeze!” but instead Stevie whips around and guns him down without hesitation in one of the more wacky scenes in this flick. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a young Mischa Barton waving a gun around at a ton of police while Burt Reynolds tries to talk her down.
“The Machine Girl”
What happens when an argument between whether the gun or the person does the actual killing gets a mash-up in the body of a young schoolgirl named Ami? On the path for some seriously bloody vengeance for the murder of her brother and her own unscheduled amputation by the same bastard bully, Ami gets the Bruce Campbell “Army of Darkness” treatment and trades her arm for a big, scary weapon which she uses to lay some serious gun-fight action down on her enemy and his powerful family. Featuring not just the “throw the gun in the air to the heroine” but also “pinned to the wall with shuriken” constructs in one scene, “The Machine Girl” blows some serious holes in track suit wearing ninjas as she dukes it out with her own personal villain in one of the greatest teen gun fights ever.