William Evans’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Come on you apes! You want to live forever?”
Gee Golly, isn’t war fun?
The more you indulge in the cliches of war, the likelier people will see it for what it truly is: silly. Most anti-war movies are still pro-military industrial complex. You see the destruction, but you also see the glory and the triumph (PLATOON, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, DUNKIRK). Verhoeven knows that people love this genre so in order to make a good war movie, the script must be anti-military industrial complex. How else to achieve this but to push everything to its extremes?