In this sci-fi adventure, fire-spitting, brain-sucking bugs attack Earth and obliterate Buenos Aires. Led by hotshot solider Johnny Rico, a gutsy infantry unit heads to the alien planet of Klendathu for a showdown.
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- Paul Verhoeven
- 1998 Academy Award®
- Best Visual Effects nominee
RGraphic sci-fi violence and gore, and for some language and nudity
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English French Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
Closed captionedLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; audio commentary.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Language and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this combat-themed sci-fi flick uses hideously violent human-alien warfare, with people gorily impaled, scissored apart, slashed, whipped, crushed, and shot (there are "friendly fire" and mercy-killing casualties). One topless sex scene and a topless coed shower scene. Swearing is amusingly PG-level mild, given the ferocious mayhem. The heroine has a vomiting fit and beer is guzzled. The surface glorification of military life and culture here is satire; Earth's "good guy" Federation resembles a fascist state with Nazi-inspired regalia and public executions.
- Sexual Content
- Toplessness, as Johnny and a fellow soldier have sex before a fight. Mobile Infantry, male and female, shower together with no qualms about it.
- Extreme splattery gore in the monster battles, with humans sliced to pieces by insect claws and mandibles, crushed by machinery, melted by creature acid, and, by the finale, getting their brains sucked out. "Arachnids" are dissected and shot to pieces too. Human-on-human violence includes bones broken in brutal cadet-training lessons and fistfights. A character is shot in the head. The hero is literally whipped bloody in a disciplinary action. Real insects (giant cockroaches) are smashed, in a satire of human revenge-lust.
- The s-word, "bastard."
- Social Behavior
- Surface themes about valor, bravery, military duty, fighting to victory against relentless enemy. But...a subversive undercurrent hints at a harsh society in which a powerful military establishment has taken over, with soldiers and Nazi-like elite officials granted superior rights and privileges to go with the responsibilities. The "good guys" are not necessarily good guys.
- An onscreen plug for the telecommunications giant ATT.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Troops drink beer in a victory celebration.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it