Rico: You tryin' to be a hero soldier?!!?
Soldier: Just tryin' to kill some bugs sir!
Some people may see this movie and not recognize the genius behind it. It is a sci-fi war movie that is able to blend the harsh realities of war with some social commentary using a cast of actors right out of a teen soap opera, and its all done on purpose.
Ace Levy: Shoot a nuke down a bug hole, you got a lot of dead bugs.
Casper Van Dien is Johnny Rico, a young man who has just enlisted in the army, in this future version of earth. Problems arise when a bug planet declares war against earth, and humans and bugs go toe to toe on their own planet. Plenty of chaos ensues.
Jean Rasczak: Come on you apes! You want to live forever?
The brilliance of much of the dialog and action scenes, which go between very well done and enjoyably corny, are another big factor in how terribly entertaining this movie is.
Jean Rasczak: I need a corporal. You're it, until you're dead or I find someone better.
I love watching this movie. It is one that I can watch over and over because it is bad and good at the same time. One of the movies that disguises itself as a guilty pleasure film, but its not, its well done and made by one of the current exploitation masters, Paul Verhoeven, who knows how to inject gratuitous violence and nudity into quality features, along with his own sense of humor involving the subtext revolving around society, which is of course buried beneath a sea of macho bravado.
Johnny Rico: I hear you got a bug problem ma'am?
Corporal Birdie: Ah, stuff it, Rico!
Newsreel announcer: Everyone is doing their part. Are you?
[cut to children stomping on cockroaches, while a mother laughs manically]