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Tomorrow, When the War Began
Tomorrow, When the War Began is a 2010 Australian film directed by first-timer Stuart Bettie set in a rural Australian town. When several teenagers go camping in the woods shortly before the end of their summer vacation, they return home to find out that their nation has been conquered by a hostile enemy force. (The nation(s) are never named, even though the enemy soldiers in the film are clearly of Asian descent; instead, it is mentioned to be a coalition of Asian territories). The teens decide to hit back using guerrilla warfare. A possible twin film to Red Dawn, as the premise of both movies involves a group of teenagers fighting back against an invading army despite being rookies in combat.
The following weapons were used in the film Tomorrow, When the War Began:
The main weapon of the Coalition forces in Tomorrow, When the War Began is the AKM rifle, fitted with muzzle brakes. It is modified with a rail mount designed for various attachments (the only one used in the film is a tactical flashlight mounted underneath the forward grip). After her first encounter with Coalition troops, Ellie Linton (Caitlin Stasey) scavenges an AKM from a dead enemy soldier, which several of the group ends up using at one time or another. Although the more dominant military powers in the region use more advanced weaponry, such as the Chinese QBZ-95 assault rifle, many smaller nations including North Korea and Vietnam still use AK-variant rifles, which suggests that the occupying forces in this particular town come from one of these countries. Or a more simple explanation is that the AK rifles were easier for filmmakers to get a hold of.
Several AKMS rifles are seen at the end of the movie as part of a captured enemy weapons stockpile and carried by Fiona Maxwell (Phoebe Tonkin) (probably because of its light-weight compared to the full-sized AKM).
Winchester Model 70
A pair of Winchester Model 70 hunting rifles are taken on the camping trip. They make another appearance at the end during the guerrilla raid on the bridge and when the group shows off their armament.
Just watched the movie. Both rifles brought camping were .22 rimfires. Looking at the detachable box magazine visible numerous times, they look to be variants of the Savage MkII. The rifles used later may be centerfire but the first two are not.
A Ruger Mini-14 rifle, probably family-owned, is briefly seen carried by Chris Lang (Andy Ryan) at the end.
Old model Browning M1919A4 machine guns fitted with anti aircraft sights are mounted on the Military Buggies used by the Coalition, most notably in a wild chase with a guerrilla-commandeered front-load rubbish truck.
The long barrel hunting version of the Ithaca 37 is carried by Homer Yannos (Deniz Akdeniz) at the end of the movie.
Heckler & Koch USP
An enemy Officer uses a Heckler & Koch USP to execute a rowdy Australian citizen.
Near the beginning, a police sergeant is briefly seen with a Glock 17 in his holster.
Type 69 RPG
The Type 69 RPG, a Chinese copy of the Russian RPG-7, is carried by Lee Takkam (Chris Pang) at the end of the film.
M26 Hand Grenade
Robyn Mathers (Ashleigh Cummings) can be seen with a bandolier of M26 Hand Grenades at the end of the film.