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    One thing thats been bugging(ho, ho) me about the film, why don't they just use larger caliber weapons unstead of using nearly a whole magazine to kill just one aracnid?


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    as it is the American army really,,,, so you know.....


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    Shouldnt all of the guys be smoking cigars and ripping aliens heads off while the girls swoon at their feet? I thought thats how it was after watching American war movies
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    Paul Verhoeven is actually smarter than most of the original viewers of his films. So his carefully crafted satire was viewed by many (particularly when the film first came out) as a shoot-'em-up.

    As it is, what he intends to do is allow you to judge the shoot-'em-up conventions - the bloodlust, the revenge motivations, the hatred of foreigners - and reproduces those conventions quite well, and even with a great deal of panache (he probably enjoyed doing those bits for their own sake), but almost certainly exaggerated them even further - there would be little point, cinematically, if a bigger gun dealt with the bugs because then there would not be extended action sequences.
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    I saw it in theaters and kid not: Canadian Forces ran a recruiting ad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sciler
    One thing thats been bugging(ho, ho) me about the film, why don't they just use larger caliber weapons unstead of using nearly a whole magazine to kill just one aracnid?
    Shouldnt all of the guys be smoking cigars and ripping aliens heads off while the girls swoon at their feet? I thought thats how it was after watching American war movies
    One of the points that the movie tried to make was that even though the humans thought they were obviously superior, they weren't really that different from the bugs. At first the bugs seem to just mindlessly attack in huge numbers without any real strategy...but actually the humans in the movie do exactly the same thing, just landing a ton of people on the planet and telling them to "go shoot some bugs". Then when the humans decide that they need to be smart about it and start fighting in ways that are a little more clever (bombing the surface to wipe out the bugs before sending troops in to mop up), the bugs respond by also being more clever (hiding under ground to fool the humans into thinking that the surface is clear, then ambushing them inside their base). Then the humans and bugs both decide that they need to understand their enemy, so the bugs suck out some human brains while the humans capture a "brain bug" for study. There are tons of other little things in the movie along those lines, like when the human scientist makes a comment about how the bugs can keep fighting even after you blow off a limb, then a short while later you see Rico's platoon leader who still kicks ass even though he is missing an arm.
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    large caliber weapons are no fun!!
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