Fans of the mega hit show Breaking Bad, which ended its run on AMC in 2013 after 62 episodes were shocked to find out a couple months ago that a Breaking Bad movie had been filmed under their noses and would be released on Netflix in October.
The Movie became available on Friday at about 3 a.m. for viewers in the U.S., and some woke up just to watch El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, the new final chapter to the Breaking Bad saga, focusing on the character of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and what exactly happened to him after he sped into the night at the end of the show’s final episode—as well as a lot more about what happened to him while he was imprisoned by Todd (Jesse Piemons) and his Uncle Jack’s gang.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS for EL CAMINO AHEAD
When Jesse escapes his imprisonment, he’s rattled and traumatized. A mile or two down the road, he sees red and blue lights in the distance. He quickly pulls off the road, kills the engine, dives down and grabs a pistol from the glove box and hides as a literal parade of police vehicles drives past him on the way to the scene of Walter White’s last stand.
A later flashback scene reveals to us how Jesse knew the pistol would be in the glove box and that the titular El Camino once belonged to the sociopathic, Todd, and Jesse has been in the car before, so he knew the gun was there.
Todd’s gun is almost certainly a Ruger P85 pistol in 9mm. It could also be a P90, which is a scaled up version of the Ruger P85 in .45 ACP that looks nearly identical. In some scenes, the bore looks like it could be a .45 from the muzzle end, but it’s just the camera angle (or a continuity error) because if you zoom in on the gun from the shot in the shower, you can see “9mm x 19” stamped on the chamber, meaning it’s a P85.
The P85 was developed in 1984 to compete in the U.S. Military Joint Small Arms Program, but the design wasn’t finished until the trials were over. The gun was introduced in 1987 for the civilian and law enforcement markets and was quite successful due to its low price, though it had some issues with its firing pin and safety when it was first launched.
It was followed by the P89 and then the P90, which was the company’s first .45 ACP pistol and became a direct competitor for SIG Sauer’s P220 and Smith & Wesson’s 4500 series, as well as the brand new Glock G21.
The P90 version was notably used on screen by Antonio Banderas in Desperado (1995) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies (1994) during the famous horse vs. motorcycle chase. The pistol was also featured on the latter film’s movie poster.
Both pistols are now out of production.
It seems like the brand and pistol family is a favorite of Todd’s. In Breaking Bad, season 4, he uses a Ruger P95 pistol in the shootout with Hank Schrader and Mike Gomez at the site where Walt buried his barrels of money. .
Jesse hangs onto the Ruger for a while, even taking it into the shower with him while hiding at Skinny Pete’s house, which is understandable after what he’s been through.
Glock 17 and Kimber Ultra Raptor II
Later, after Pete and Badger help him get rid of the El Camino and lead the cops away from him, Jesse heads to Todd’s apartment to look for the money he knows he has stashed somewhere in the place. He checks the hollowed out encyclopedia volumes, but they’re all empty, as he was probably expecting. After tearing almost everything apart, he finds stacks of bills hidden in the door of the refrigerator, just as two men in “Police” jackets arrive posing as detectives.
Jesse hides and ambushes one of them in a back bedroom with his Ruger, takes his Glock 17, and uses both pistols to hold him hostage while confronting Neil, who is armed with a compact 1911 pistol that looks like a Kimber Ultra Raptor II with wood grips (you can almost see the Kimber logo on the grip in the photo below in a later scene) in the living room.
But Neil (Todd MacArthur) is slippery, and Jesse doesn’t question the fact that they are cops until he talks him into giving up and surrendering both guns. Though he gets out of the situation, Jesse doesn’t get his Ruger back.
“Can I get my gun back?”
“F— you, go buy one.”
Colt Woodsman and H&R Revolver
Later, after luring his parents away with a phone call, Jesse sneaks into his parent’s house and opens their safe where he retrieves two pistols, one which looks to be a Colt Woodsman and a snub-nosed revolver which is almost certainly an antique H&R 1871 double action hammerless safety revolver in .32 S&W, like the one seen for sale here, only the one in the movie has pearl grips.
In the dialog Jesse says he thinks the Woodsman was his grandfather’s pistol.
He confronts Neil and his cronies at his junkyard welding shop with the Woodsman prominently displayed in his belt. Neil asks if it’s a .22, and is not threatened by it, telling Jesse it would be good for plinking at cans. He’s drunk and has his 1911 under his jacket in an OWB holster and actually squares Jesse off in an old-west style showdown.
“Your .22, against my .45. Winner takes all.”
“Like the wild west?”
“Yeah. Like the wild west.”
But Neil doesn’t know Jesse has the .38 revolver in the pocket of his jacket. When Neil draws down on him, Jesse quickly shoots the small revolver through the pocket of his jacket, hitting Neil the first time before the 1911 even clears his holster all the way, and hitting him at least four more times in the torso, killing him.
Neil’s partner grabs the Glock he used earlier, which was hanging from a hook on the wall in its holster, and begins firing at Jesse while walking sideways and misses, as Jesse shoots back, firing the small bore Colt dry. He quickly picks up Neil’s Kimber from the ground and fires a line of shots that eventually catch up to his target’s head. It was very reminiscent of the earlier shootout from BB in front of the cartel’s leader’s estate in Mexico.
The muzzle blast from the small .32 actually sets Jesse’s jacket on fire a little bit.
“Dude, you’re on fire.”
Jesse takes the remaining unarmed men’s driver’s licenses and tells them he’ll find them if they ever say what happened and let’s them go before rigging the welding shop to blow sky high.
Now that he has enough cash after taking Neil’s portion, Jesse gets himself smuggled to Alaska by the same guy who spirited Walter White (Brian Cranston) to New England in BB. Jesse hits the long road crammed into a secret compartment in a box truck and emerges in a new place with a new identity.
That vacuum repair store owner slash people smuggler and disappear-er was played by Robert Forster, a veteran character actor who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997). Sadly, Forster passed away the day El Camino premiered after a battle with brain cancer. Surprisingly, they also filmed footage of Forrester on the other end of a phone call from Gene Takavic, otherwise known as Saul Goodman. This was used at the beginning of S5E1 of the BB prequel spinoff Better Call Saul.
El Camino was a fitting final chapter to Breaking Bad that I don’t know was needed, but it was certainly welcome, and did nothing to diminish or detract from the show and its legendary final episode. And the gunplay was fairly realistic, and as grounded as it was on the show.