Allegorical – The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, orevents in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.My thoughts about carrying out the investigation were that it might be an easy topic to coverbecause war is a big thing that happening in the world now but when trying to find some informationabout war and how it relates to my films is a different story, it is more difficult to find information butI am enjoying the topic I am doing because I like to watch sci-fi war films and also learn how andwhy they created the film in the first place.My focus film would be Independence Day because from the trip at the BFI I found a lot moreinformation on that compared to the other films. Also because my additional films are a StarshipTroopers 1&2, there might be differences that could relate to Independence Day.My additional films are Starship Troopers and Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation. I chosethese films because from watching them in a view to my small scale they had features that fittedinto the Gulf and Iraq War.
Facts on Gulf War:The Persian Gulf War was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of 34 nations led by theUnited States. The lead up to the war began with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 whichwas met with immediate economic sanctions by the United Nations against Iraq. The coalitioncommenced hostilities in January 1991, resulting in a decisive victory for the U.S. led coalitionforces, which drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait with minimal coalition deaths.The overwhelming technological advantages of the US, such as stealth aircraft and infraredsights, quickly turned the air war into a "turkey shoot".Following the Persian Gulf War, to protect minority populations, the US, Britain, and Francedeclared and maintained no-fly zones in northern and southern Iraq, which the Iraqi militaryfrequently tested. The no-fly zones persisted until the 2003 invasion of Iraq, although Francewithdrew from participation in patrolling the no-fly zones in 1996, citing a lack of humanitarianpurpose for the operation.
The Persian Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991), commonly referred toas simply the Gulf War, was a war waged by a U.N.-authorized coalition force fromthirty-four nations led by the United States, against Iraq in response to Iraqsinvasion and annexation of the State of Kuwait.The Gulf War was marked by the beginning of live news on the front lines of thefight, with the primacy of the U.S. network CNN.In the first scene of Starship Troopers we see a reporter on the Arachnid planetstreaming a live feed he then ends up getting killed by one of the bugs.From Watching ‘Starship Troopers’ at the start of the film we see a group of Americanscientists experimenting on the evil Arachnid’s planet, Klendathu. Although they weredoing this and the Arachnid’s did not want them on their planet, so the Arachnid’sdecided to kill the scientists and shoot meteors from their planet to Earth.My theory from this would be that the storyline has the same aspects of the Gulf Warbecause of the invasion from Iraq solders into Kuwait without authority and thenimmediate response from America by the President sending out troops to fight the Iraqforces out of the country. As did the American solders in Starship Troopers trying to fightthe Arachnids off of the planet.
Facts on Iraq War:After the lengthy Iraq disarmament crisis culminated with an American demand that Iraqi PresidentSaddam Hussein leave Iraq, which was refused, a coalition led by the United States and the UnitedKingdom fought the Iraqi army in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Approximately 250,000 United Statestroops, with support from 45,000 British, 2,000 Australian and 200 Polish combat forces, enteredIraq primarily through their staging area in Kuwait. (Turkey had refused to permit its territory to beused for an invasion from the north.) Coalition forces also supported Iraqi Kurdish militia, estimatedto number upwards of 50,000. After approximately three weeks of fighting, Hussein and the BaathParty were forcibly removed, followed by 9 years of military occupation by the United States.During the "post-war" Iraq occupation, occupying forces have turned their attention to enforcingorder through patrolling. These patrols faced insurgents who conduct ambushes using assaultrifles, rocket propelled grenades, and carefully placed and timed explosives. The patrols requirearmored vehicles capable of stopping at least small arms fire of 7.62 mm machine gun roundsalong with mandatory external weapons platforms and tracking equipment.
The Iraq War began on March 20th, 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by the UnitedStates under the administration of President George W. Bush and the UnitedKingdom under Prime Minister Tony Blair.From this information on how the Iraq War started it is very similar to the way that StarshipTroopers 2 begun, by the American solders invaded the planet Klendathu, the home of theenemy Arachnid’s.At the start of Starship Troopers 2 there is a news report which talks about how good it is tobe in the war and serve your country but then when we see the next scene of the film thesolders are scared and under heavy attack from the Arachnid’s.The film goes on to show that some of the soldiers retreat the location where they are andfind an old military communications base, but the communications systems were damagedtoo much to work.This feature of the film would join with the Iraq War because of an American soldier (JessicaLynch) was captured at the beginning of the Iraq War, and was also a Private like the maincharacter in Starship Troopers 2 (Private. Lei Sahara).
From Independence Day a scene I would use is the scene where the alien ship destroys the whitehouse and we scenes of buildings, car and people being disintegrated. Reason because that in anarticle I read about the Iraq War a writer says that it is the mass destruction of the American warpower. 44:16 – 45:32??? (Change Film Clip Time!)From Starship Troopers a scene I would use is the bombing scene from the Americans onto theArachnid planet. Reason because this scene would also back up my point from Independence Daybecause in this scene it is the American’s doing the bombing onto the enemy. 1:10:00 – 1:10:38From Starship Troopers 2 a scene I would use is the beginning scene where we see the Americansoldiers fighting off the Arachnid’s, showing the representation of the American soldiers in Iraqduring the war.00:20 – 3:10.
From Independence Day, in the scene of the mass destruction from the aliens we see the civilians on the groundin the streets being disintegrated by the aliens weapon, but when we see the high officials e.g. the president he isin an airplane flying off to safety. From this scene it has a representation of government and civilians, thegovernment being protected because they are a higher class to the civilians and the civilians would berepresented as soldiers in the war because the civilians are dying because of the governments decisions. If thegovernment would have ordered an emergency evacuation so some of the civilians would have survived theattack, as does government controlling the U.S soldiers commanding them what to do to defeat the enemy.From Starship Troopers I chose a representation of the American war power as did from Independence Day, alsoin this scene I have chosen the look and location of the Arachnid’s and the planet Klendathu. The look of theArachnid’s is like they are wearing a camouflage, as would have the enemy forces in the war against theAmerican’s. the location when we see the bombs being dropped onto the Arachnid’s also looks a lot like desertthat you would find in Iraq during the Gulf and Iraq war.