Also, it's clear that the veterans aren't being blackmailed or threatened by Killian. They all seem to really enjoy their work.
Marvel StudiosDon't you wish you had this level of job satisfaction?
Whatever your feelings about the U.S. military might be, these guys all signed up to fight for their country. Did Killian luck out and find a couple dozen smirking freaks who were happy to help a corporation overthrow the government? Did being wounded make them crazy? Hey, is Tony's friend Rhodey gonna turn into a raging dick now that Civil War put him in a wheelchair?
Aliens Argues That America Didn't Go Far Enough In Vietnam
For those seeing the words "Aliens" and "Vietnam" in the same sentence for the first time, this isn't some wacky theory we made up. James Cameron has talked about the movie's Vietnam War inspiration multiple times. Cracked has previously covered how the space marines in particular were intended to represent ordinary American troops sent into a shitty situation by even shittier leaders. But let's go a little deeper down this rabbit hole, shall we?
A common complaint during the war, especially in right-wing circles, was that the U.S. was fighting with "one hand tied behind its back" because of those bleeding-heart liberals and their concerns about "bombing civilians" and such. There were even suggestions that the U.S. should say fuck it and nuke the whole place. Why does that sound so familiar ...
20th Century FoxOh, right.
If you accept Cameron's idea that the space marines are like the U.S. troops, then the movie is suddenly about how the people with "Nuke 'Nam!" bumper stickers were right all along. At one point, the marines have their pulse rifle ammunition confiscated to avoid damaging cooling systems, and the magazines are taken out of their powerful superguns. Only Drake and Vasquez manage to secretly slip their magazines back in, which is why when the shit hits the fan, they're the only ones who are really able to fight back. Vasquez then suggests using nerve gas on the aliens, while our brave protagonist Ripley demands that the planet be nuked from orbit. The sniveling company man played by Paul Reiser stupidly refuses to listen, which of course leads to more deaths -- and worst of all, Alien 3
For some less-screwed-up sci-fi, might we recommend Doctor Who?
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