Starship Troopers (1997)
Diehard Heinlein fans declare that the filmmakers have completely misinterpreted Heinlein's nature and intentions. He was a very left wing libertarian who opposed conscription and militarism. He depicted the oligarchy-by-ex-military-citizenry government in the book because it was an example of something that has never been done in real life. He was not advocating it, but was merely speculating that such a system could exist without collapsing.
"I, being of legal age, of my own free will, after having been duly advised and warned of the meaning and consequences of this oath, enroll in the federal service for not less than 2 years and as much longer as may be required by the needs of the Federation."
- Listen to the swallows when I left was a simple consideration of the destiny uvo instants that better I wanted to crack to forgive him and
In the film, career Sgt. Zim makes a similar request when Buenos Aires is destroyed. His wish is also granted. Also, during WWII, Young gave his life in combat by single-handedly bombarding a Japanese machine gun position with rifle fire and grenades during an ambush, allowing his platoon to escape. While rescuing Carmen from the Brain-bug, Sugar Watkins gives his life in an almost identical fashion by laying down rifle fire and detonating the Nuke so his friends can escape; The starship that Carmen is assigned is also named the Rodger Young. Starship Troopers author Robert A. Heinlein included Young's Medal of Honor Citation in the book.
Humans degrade the Bug Warriors, saying the Bug Warrior "...isn't too smart". On Fed-Net, Carl shows how to kill a Bug Warrior by shooting the nerve stem. This shows how to kill a single Bug, but not how to kill an entire, coordinated, army of Bugs. On the other hand, the Bugs know how Humans function. They take prisoners and by sucking out their brains, they gain intelligence on not just individual Humans, but also military intelligence, enabling them to adapt and coordinate in large numbers.
Going back to what Rico's Biology teacher said, the Bugs can reproduce in large numbers and with seemingly having no fear or concept of what death is, they are not afraid of dying in vast numbers so long as the day is won. Whereas the Humans are staggered after losing 100,000 dead in a single hour at Klendathu.
Other strengths Bugs possess: they can launch meteors towards Earth using their Plasma Bugs, and inflict horrific casualties. Those same Plasma Bugs can coordinate their fire against the Fleet at Klendathu and Planet P with great accuracy. They took out Lt. Rasczak radio-man before they reached Whiskey Outpost thereby impairing their ability to call for help when the Outpost is later attacked. Instead of going over the wall, the Bugs tunneled under the Outpost and killed the original garrison with relative ease as shown by the few Bug bodies compared to Human bodies. When Rasczak's platoon is defending the Outpost, the Bugs send seemingly their entire army at once, along with 'air' and 'tank' support. Such a tactic wasn't used by the Humans when they tried to invade Klendathu before. Perhaps their greatest tactic, they manipulated Farley to calling for help after the Outpost had been overrun. The Humans didn't think the Bugs could do such a thing, and therefore didn't suspect a trap.
This ultimately showed that the Humans' "superior" mindset over the Bugs led to extremely dire consequences and devastation.