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I Want to Be a Soldier (2010)

De mayor quiero ser soldado (original title)
Alex, an eight-year-old boy, seems to have a macabre fascination for violent images that he sees on television. After his two brothers are born, he feels lonely, and he makes up two ... See full summary »

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Christian Molina
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Fergus Riordan Fergus Riordan ... Alex
Cameron Antrobus Cameron Antrobus ... David (as Cameron George Antrobus)
Andrew Tarbet ... Richard (Alex's father)
Josephine Barnes Josephine Barnes ... Paula
Luke Denton Luke Denton ... Zac
Ben Temple ... Captain Harry / Sergeant John Cluster
Jo Kelly Jo Kelly ... Amy (Alex's mother)
Thomas Riordan Thomas Riordan ... Eric (Max's brother)
Danny Glover ... School Director
Cassandra Gava ... Art teacher
Robert Englund ... Psychologist
Laura Fabregat Laura Fabregat ... Helene (2 years)
Alejandro Gómez Alejandro Gómez ... Victor (2 years) (as Alejandro Gomez)
Marc Medina Marc Medina ... Alex (2 years)
Joan Hostench Martínez Joan Hostench Martínez ... Max
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Alex, an eight-year-old boy, seems to have a macabre fascination for violent images that he sees on television. After his two brothers are born, he feels lonely, and he makes up two imaginary friends. Hurt and betrayed, he blackmails his father to get a television for his room. Through television, he discovers the violence of wars, and he is left fascinated. Written by Black Flag

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TV is bad: the movie
20 October 2011 | by jeiganSee all my reviews

"I want to be a soldier" is a wonderful movie for all the wrong reasons. The general plot follows the vicissitudes of Alex; he is a child who wanted to be an astronaut and had an astronaut imaginary friend, up until his parents bought him his own TV. Since the TV shows lots of violent acts like shootings, murders and war movies, Alex is now a violent 10-year-old who wants to be a soldier (and has a US officer as his new imaginary friend).

The direction is quite poor in and of itself. A good portion of the movie consists of the main character monologuing about being a soldier so he can kill people, torture prisoners, make Nazi-like experiments on his victims, become a dictator and so on, while a collage of violent stock footage runs on the screen. This happens quite often, too, and I think makes at least 25-30% of the whole movie.

The characters are about as stereotyped as possible, what with Alex hanging around with the geeky kid when he's "good" and then with some bullies who smoke and have knifes after he switches over to the "bad" side. Alex's family is about as cliché as possible, with the mother being obsessed with the newborn twins, the father having an affair and both dismissing their kid's behavior as "a phase".

The "imaginary friend" concept is sort of nice and adds an interesting layer to the movie as both friends (astronaut and officer) are played by the same actor, and they switch roles depending on the phase Alex is currently in. It's not enough to save the movie from its silliness, though.

"I want to be a soldier" is quite enjoyable to watch for its "so bad it's good" wackiness and its unending stream of dumb plot devices that ultimately end up in Danny Glover stating how "TV is evil". However, it's far from a good movie if taken seriously. I can only suggest you rent this film if you're smashed and/or in for a laugh with some friends.


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Spain | Italy

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English

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14 October 2011 (Italy) See more »

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$73,293
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Fujicolor)| Color

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2.35 : 1
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