Along the way we meet a set of bluntly-drawn, wafer-thin characters who have been sucked into enlisting into the infantry by the propaganda of Verhoeven's trademark all-intrusive Government, who get put through the mill in a terrific send up of the traditional Hollywood boot-camp.
The characters are too thin, though, and the film doesn't really work on any level except as a spoof, because you can't identify with - or like - them. Verhoeven toys with the idea of a love triangle, but even he can't be bothered drawing it out, and rather suddenly gives up on it half-way through.
Not a bad way to spend a rainy evening, but not likely to go down in the Motion Picture Hall of Fame either.
Nice special effects, though.
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