What Parents Need to Know
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.
- Families can talk about sci-fi movies. What is the appeal? Is all the violence and gore here necessary?
- Can the war in the film be related to any true-life military conflicts in the headlines? Does the film make younger viewers feel any differently about the armed forces?