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  • I wouldn't say it was written by a soldier, but by a propagandist. The idea of the film is to hate communists because they are evil people and if you don't hate them, they will take over your small town and park tanks in the town square. It's very much a product of its time. The fact that there is combat is incidental to the message of hating communists.

    I think if a real soldier had written it, the teenagers wouldn't have done such stupid things. :)

    • I think it's a great movie. Sure, it's propaganda, but there's nothing necessarily wrong with propaganda. Existential threats do exist.

      And I disagree that it is about "dying for your government." It's about dying for your fellow man, and for your way of life. It's about not backing down from the people who are trying to take away what is yours.

      jdavidb, I think you wanted something to back up your idea of a nationless society. But that's not how most people see the world. They see nations as the means

      • It's about dying for your fellow man, and for your way of life.

        No, my way of life involves people who mean something. The way of life in that movie involved people who don't seem to have real characterization. Yes, I'm out and out flaming the movie. Yes, somebody could rationally disagree. :)

        jdavidb, I think you wanted something to back up your idea of a nationless society.

        Well, that would have been cool, but really I just wanted some characters that looked like more than a D&D story played by gamers who just wanted to score lots of XP. I have watched and enjoyed many similar stories that did not support my idea of eliminating states. My cri

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        • Man, do I ever need to start using preview again!

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          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • No, my way of life involves people who mean something. The way of life in that movie involved people who don't seem to have real characterization.

          So you would only die for people who aren't dull? :-)

          I don't see what you don't see.

          I have watched and enjoyed many similar stories that did not support my idea of eliminating states.

          Sure, but you are attacking the message, which is one that many of us agree with: the nation is worth dying for, to the extent that the nation is what makes our way of life possible, and you detest that message.

          Take a gander at the things I said which aren't directly related to political belief: characters which start out distinctly identifiable, then move off to the side, then disappear.

          I don't agree.

          The need to be trilingual to understand the movie. (By captions, did you mean these sections had English captions? Or closed-captioning.)

          It's subtitles. You had them turned off on your DVD player.

          A girl who is unmoved by living with young, virile warriors but finds the old married soldier irrestible.

          Yeah because it's so unrealistic for a girl surrounded by chaos and death to be turned off by immaturity ...

          I am mystified as to why you'd want to turn them off, or why that turned out to be the default on my DVD player.

          It's a poor, um, movie watcher who

    • Agreed, not the product of a soldier. And who says soldiers don't know about emotion and plot?