TriStar The Federation needs you! Join up and kill some bugs! Based in the not-so-distant future, the film centers around the lives of four young high school students who join the Federal Military.
During the incredibly rigorous and harsh boot camp drill sergeants are allowed to break recruits bones, etc.! After enduring severe punishment for his negligence and error, Rico decides to leave the military altogether. Rico reconsiders his decision to quit the service and becomes a dedicated infantryman. After regrouping and reconsidering, the Federation determines a better plan of attack. The special effects are absolutely incredible and very believable. From the starships to the aliens themselves, all the effects are superbly executed.
Therein lies the rub. The realism of the effects combined with the nature of combat and violent warfare provide this movie with ample opportunities for gratuitous gross-outs! Keep in mind that the aliens do not use phasers or any such thing. They rely on skewering and dismembering their opponents. There are many, many scenes of decapitation, disemboweling, severing of limbs, etc. Of course, the bugs are also completely disgusting when killed, spraying gallons of green and orange ooze on anything or anyone that happens to be nearby.
The film also contains gratuitous scenes of male and female nudity a shower scene at boot camp and one brief sex scene. The language was relatively mild, with very little cursing and no sexual innuendo.
After reading a number of the comments, especially those of Mr. Blaisdell, I felt it was necessary for me to briefly respond. I wish to sincerely apologize to Mr. That was certainly not my intent.
I fully agree that it was gratuitous and wrong. I agree that this movie should be avoided. In my understanding, biblical purity seems to demand complete avoidance of a film with ANY nudity. Brief or not-so-brief, short or long, scenes of nudity should be unacceptable to any believer, especially those who struggle with such issues.
I also believe this film should be avoided for a number of other reasons. The excessive, explicit nature of the violence goes well beyond biblical principles and certainly defiles the mind of the viewer. It seems impossible to reconcile such things in light of passages such as Phil.
In my effort to recap the plot and highlight the offensive elements, I apparently did not use strong enough exhortation. My desire to describe the film without defiling your consciences in the process has backfired. In the sense that I have caused some of you to stumble, I have sinned not only against you, but against the Lord as well.
I ask your forgiveness. Again I sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been unintentionally misinformed by my review. It is gory, and the nudity was unbelievable coed showering? From the coed showering to the sex scene—why is there no shyness in the showerroom, but shyness in the bedroom?
I mean, if these people are so free with their bodies in the shower room, why does the girl hurry to cover up her body when the commander of the unit find the man and woman together?
Total submission to a totalitarian regime without question was perfectly acceptable and expected. The effects were great. The movie was a thriller. However, the violence and nudity were unnecessary. In one scene men and women in the military are showering together interacting like this is no big deal. In movies like Star Wars even though the theology was all wrong at least the virtues of freedom and standing against oppression and totalitarianism were cornerstones.
Not so with this one. Although I must say that I tried to look at it in a Christian perspective. Call it weird or whatever, but I was actually able to use this movie in Sunday School class.
In class we were talking about faith and how it comes in to play when we are faced with hard times. I told them that it was a non-Christian movie but that I wanted them to try to understand it from a Christian point of view. I guess the Lord wanted me to get something out of it. Martinez After seeing this movie, while watching kids giggle and other patrons stuff their face with various concessions as extreme gore was displayed on the screen, I had to ask myself two questions: I am writing to react to all the desensitizing of value for human life by the characters in the movie, and to the people who thought the special effects were awesome and somehow forgot about the hundred different ways people died in this movie.
The advertisements make you believe you are going to see the next big techno-marvel. Well, it got me into the theater hoping, and leaving dissappointed and grossed out. Tom Messmore, age 47 Well, without knowing where to begin describing the many anti-Christian themes which pop up in this movie I will just mention the most disturbing.
Where Director George Lucas created the Star Wars series with children in mind Director Paul Verhoeven must have created his movie specifically for the adult horror fan followers.
This approach allows the movie to be viewable, but the violence cannot be ignored. The argument that if one sees enough gradual violence then that person becomes more desensitized to that very voilence is a valid argument. I remember when I first saw a severed head in a movie scene and I was stunned. Right now I am just stunned that this movie did not receive an X rating. Well, there goes the neighborhood. Woody Elliott, age 27 …Many of the other messages in the movie were horrible.
All of this betrays a denial of reality, and a lack of respect for the femininity and masculinity that God has given us. The director went out of his way to show us graphic gore as often as possible… Violence was glorified as a normal and good way of making a point or achieving goals.
I would hate to think that my children would be showering coed together in the military. Those two elements took a lot away from the film.
The violence should not have shocked anyone. You knew it was R-rated walking into the theatre! Why get offended… you knew what to expect… and Jesus knows you knew too. So be real with yourselves and with Him. Utley On a scale of This movie will suck out your brains.
If you are unfortunate enough to see this movie remember the brain sucking scene and its analogy to yourself going to see the movie. He and I have been discussing lately just what types of films believers should see if any! Having been sci-fi fans well before we came to know the Lord 20 and 19 years ago respectively we went to see this film with that in mind. I went against my better judgment, however, and told him so, having read many reviews in the past few days.
The problem with a film like this is that, on the one hand, people who have a technical interest as we do would desire to see it for that reason, while knowing, or suspecting on the other hand that it is perhaps NOT something a Christian should see. Yes, the special effects were incredible! The bugs, battles, and spaceships. I agree with a lot of comments made about the removal of most of the gore, it just seemed like the director tried to pack as much filth as he could into 2 hours of film.
The nude scenes two, as I recount were totally unnecessary. And the length of the scene was, really, inappropriate. It seemed like this movie was trying to satisfy both males and females with upper body shots of women and backside shots of men. And the sex scene during the middle of the war?
The liutenent passing out beer before the battle? Sad to say, instead of mind-challenging action, which this movie was capable of doing, this movie seemed to insult our intelligence by catering to our lusts. Pray for America, people. To be sure, the special effects were awesome. The story was also good. Peterson owes many people an apology myself included for leading us astray. For those who struggle with sexual purity, this is a movie to skip. I am a teen and I did see it. The film, at first, appears to be another Hollywood flick made specifically for conflict addicted Americans I mean come on!
Very intelligent… but then it gives way to a deep meaning. Without out sounding pretentious, I believe it is a comedy of manners A story that makes us laugh at our own faults in order to teach us something and change our bad behavior. You see it pokes fun at the early American, or Nazis propoganda that promotes youths to give away there lives for a seemingless stupid reason. Look at its comercial type feel. Exactly what did these bugs do? Besides circumstantial evidence of a meteor, what did they do?
Its us trying to harm a species for no reason and getting mad becuase they happen to fight back. First, the acting was not very good.