Soldier Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Soldier Script





A soldier does not speak...



...until spoken to by a superior officer.



A soldier shows no mercy.



Mercy is weakness.



Weakness is death.



The Forces are his family.



He is most happy...



...when following orders.



A soldier lives to kill.



A soldier needs no friend or family.



War is his friend.



The Forces are his family.



Sir, Colonel Mekum has

his new batch unpacked.



l think he wants to show them off.






-They're pretty.

-What's so hot about them?



They're very much improved, Captain.



Colonel Mekum from HQ.

He's their commanding officer.






'"lmproved.'" How?



ln every way possible.



You see, your old ones,

they're selected at birth.



With my new ones,

we're talking recombination.



They're practically manufactured,

using DNA profiles...



...and some manipulation.



More endurance, quicker responses...



...better hand-eye...



...improved technical training.



lt's a whole different standard.



My daddy was in maintenance...



...and he had a saying:



'"lf it ain't broke, don't fix it.'"






l'm afraid l don't get your point.



The veterans you see...



...standing before you here

have been through all kinds of heavy shit.



They've always got the job done.



Your new soldiers, these hotshots,

how much action have they seen?



And are they battle-tested?



How about a few tests,

just to get you on board?



Make you a believer.



Ninety-nine percent. That's...



...very good.



Seen enough, Captain?



What about endurance?



Caine     forward.






Fifteen miles,     on the run.



You've got    minutes.






My man left exactly...



...   minutes after yours.



Make a note of that.



Age is a factor. But the real factor

is the training program.



Especially the psychological.



The mind controls the body, after all.



And we're doing such wonderful things

with the mind.






At ease, Soldier.



What is the price of all that speed?



ls your soldier tired?






Todd ran the pace

he's been taught to run...



...and he's still strong.



Send him up the chain, Rube.



Soldier! Up the chain!






    on the double, up the chain.






What about spirit?



l believe you mean AQ, Captain.

Aggressive qualities.



Much higher.



Much better.



What if they fought?



You mean up there?



Go ahead, Rube.



Tell Todd to take him.









Not fair.



No contest.



Send two more of your old ones up.



Romero, Goines, up the chain!



Get him, men!



Get down here.



Get down here!



Get your ass down here on the double!



Come on, double up! Down, down!






Look at you.



Do you know how much it cost

to breed you, you big moron?



To train you?



To feed you?



What good is this man now?



He's got no depth perception!



All he can do is walk, point,

and take the first hit!



-What about the bodies?

-Waste disposal.



Fall in.






Todd was our best man.



You still don't get it, do you?



Your men...



...are obsolete.



You'll write this up as a training accident...



...and you'll make sure these bodies

get dumped a long way from here.



We don't want any unnecessary questions.



Someone, please...



...let us know what's going on!






Give us something! Anything!



Quiet, please!






How many of them are there?



There is one man...






How could there only be one?

How could he get here?



He was unconscious when we found him.



We couldn't ask him anything.



Hang on. Jimmy's back!



There's nothing out there.



l couldn't see nobody.



Couldn't see no vehicles, no ship, nothing.



Plus the wind's up again real strong.



Everybody, calm down.



We have an injured man among us.



We all want to do the decent thing.



The decent thing is to help him.



Sandra, Mace's wife,

is looking after him now.



Now, l'd like a vote of support

from all of you.



You keep an eye on him, Mace.



Watch him.



There are words on his shoulder.



'"Tannhauser Gate...



'"...Argentine Sector...



'"...Shanghai     .'"



Sandra, the Tannhauser Gate was a battle.



He's a soldier.



Where's Nathan?






Nathan, there's another tiger.



Help, help, help!



We're sorry if we woke you.



Just playing with the boy.






...l made something for you.



lt's to help you walk, you see?



lsn't it? Like this.






Here you go.



l don't see how you cannot remember

how you got here, Sergeant.



You're not a deserter, are you, Sergeant?



No, sir.



Why aren't you with your unit?



Come on, Slade, let the man eat.



lt's not an unreasonable question.



How about it, Sergeant?



l was replaced.






By a better soldier, sir.



When we left Earth    years ago,

we never thought we'd end up here.



When we crashed, a lot of people died.



A few years later, when the dumpers

started coming and dropping stuff...



...people tried to get their attention

with fires and explosions.



But it didn't work.



They must be unmanned or...



...maybe they just don't care.



So, we had to forget about a better life

on the Trinity Moons.



One good thing though:



Nobody bothers us.



Who'd fight for a godforsaken place

like this?






...l guess you like the fighting.



You must.






...a soldier.



The biannual security sweep.



We'll be patrolling the Arcadia system.



We're going to set up

unmanned monitoring stations here...


           , here, here.



Now, we send the new soldiers out

on patrol.



Routine stuff as you say, Captain,

but good experience and...



...l'll have a chance to see them

in a non-training environment.



You're coming?



Yes, Captain.



l want to observe these men at close hand.



Well, what about opposition?



lt's all deserted.

We're just confirming that.



But say we do encounter activity.



Miners, refugees of some sort?



Well, we won't.



lf so, they'll be officially classifiable

as hostiles.



Just by being there?



We don't want paperwork,

and we certainly don't want passengers.






You have to watch out for those.



They probably wouldn't kill someone

your size.



But someone smaller, like me...



...or Nathan....



He was bitten once...



...and he almost died.



He was sick for a long time.



That's why he can't speak.






You try one.






Everything we own, Sergeant,

everything in the entire village...



...we've had to salvage from out here.



-You're all set, Jimmy.

-Back in a minute.



Whatever looks useful,

if we can get a chain to it...



...we're going to go for it.



You hear that?



That means she's really close.



She's going to blow!



On my way!



Line up!



Come on, Jimmy!



Jimmy, come on!



Come on!



Hurry up! Let's go!




-Give me your hand!



-Too strong!




Reach, Jimmy!



l can't reach!












Mace! Help!






All right, we got him!



You were almost bacon on that one.



Thank you.



They're dumpers.



They come every    or    days.



Sergeant, the gun. Please.



Thanks, partner!



Them no-goods would've let me

blow away.



Sergeant Todd...



...what's it like?



What's it like being a soldier?



What do you think about?



You must think about something.



What about feelings, then?



You must feel something.









Fear and discipline.









Oh, my God.



Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas, Sergeant!



l was going to give this scarf to him

last night, but he disappeared.



lt's beautiful, Jimmy.



He'll love it.



Well, he saved my life out there.

l guess Mace told you.



You should give it to him yourself.



He's in the meeting room.



He's doing exercises.






You're supposed to be doing your lessons.






People are upset about him.



There's going to be a meeting.



He's not fully recovered.



That's what scares people.



He gets stronger every day.



Are you scared of him, Mace?






l've never been afraid of anyone before.

Not like this.



l feel he could break me in half

with no real effort and no real...






He is most happy when following orders.



A soldier shows no mercy.



Mercy is weakness.



Weakness is death.



A soldier needs no friend or family.



War is his friend.



The Forces are his family.



What the hell do you think you're doing?



You could have killed him.



No one here has any animosity

towards you, Sergeant.



None of us here is your enemy.



Furthermore, we respect your qualities.



We have no doubt that you are a very...



...very good soldier.



But because of your training...



...we don't think you'll ever be able

to function in a group like this:



A community of families...



...of children...



...where the ability to fight is not

the sole purpose of existence.



You're different from us, Sergeant.



We don't hate you for that.



But we have agreed

that to try to include you...



...would pose an intolerable risk

to the community itself.



We'll give you any tools you need:



Some warm clothing,

some boots, a good knife.



Sergeant, you're our friend.



lt's just....



lf you need us, you can ask us for help.



Command, we are on course

for Arcadia    .



-How will you find him?

-He'll have stayed close to the wire.



What'll l tell the council?



We all voted.



We voted wrong.



We were wrong.



We made a mistake.



We're sorry.



lt's some kind of landing party.



Hey! Over here!



Stay with me, sir.



All units stand by

for Arcadia     security sweep.



Any trespassers will be considered hostile.



Wait! What's going on?



Somebody's landing!

Jimmy Pig spotted a ship!



Two hostiles at   :  .



Hostiles eliminated.



lt's no good.



l've lost too much blood.






Was it a mistake?



Oh, God, no!



Not Sandra.






...not Nathan.









They spotted people!



Two civilians, unarmed.



They killed both of them. They spotted

smoke from some sort of camp.



Jesus Christ! A camp?






This'll be very good experience

for the men.



Let's see how they do.



Civilians need to be protected.



Whoever they are, they don't belong there.

Officially, they're hostiles.



Three-man fire team only.



Prepare to deploy.






Calm down!



Calm down.



l'm going to go out and talk to them.



Those of you with weapons,

prepare to defend us.



God, help us.



Three-man fire team in position.



Crawler to fire team.






Report from Crawler   :

Everything under control.



-ls there resistance?




Three men are going in to clean them out.



Caine's ordered the rest to hold back.



Sounds reckless. Three against   .



l can tell these men

have no combat experience.



The old ones, the veterans...



...they would've called for support,

just in case.



Speaking of the old ones...



...why don't we have Riley and his crew

put up the monitoring unit?












-Will we be issued weapons, sir?

-No, Riley.



Only soldiers get weapons.



Yes, sir!



You don't even have

to salute anymore, Riley.






You need any help, partner?



Riley and team deploying monitor unit.



Don't panic!



Up the stairs. Come on.



Will, take him.



Go, go!



Get inside the bedroom!



Come in, Unit    .



Unit     do you copy?



A growl?



He heard a growl?






...he didn't say the word '"growl.'"

He said, '"a throat noise.'"



But l asked him to imitate it,

and it sounded like a growl to me.



We're obviously up against

a significant military presence here.



Well, let's send in the rest of the men.



Absolutely not.



Those bastards are just waiting

for us in there.






We don't fall for an ambush.





            daddy always said:



'"When you want to insert a nail

into a piece of wood...



'" don't do anything

fancy or glamorous.



'"Just take the damn hammer

and hit the son of a bitch till it's in.'"



What exactly does that crap mean

in English, Captain?



Withdraw your men.



Load them up with heavy artillery.



At night, they'll go back and pound

that place with mortars, rockets, cannons...



...everything we got...



...from a safe distance.



lt ain't fancy...



...but it will sure take care

of your hostile military force.



All right, do it. Withdraw the men.



Push really hard, okay? Hard.



They killed him, didn't they?



How do you know they'll be back?



Because they're soldiers, sir...





-Why are they doing this?

-They're obeying orders, sir.



lt's their duty.



Do you know how many they'll be?



Seventeen more, sir.



You can't fight    on your own.



You have to organize us.

We're not cowards.



We'll do as you tell us.



-We'll fight.




Why not?



Soldiers deserve soldiers, sir.



But one soldier...



...against   ?



What are you going to do?



l'm going to kill them all, sir.



Crawlers   and  ...



...proceed to settlement...



...and commence bombardment.



Crawler   we are red.



We are red.



Crawler   to Crawler   :




-Crawler   we are two down.



Responding to sniper activity.



Crawlers   and   split up.



Crawler   locate and neutralize the sniper.



Caine    ...



...proceed to the settlement

and commence bombardment.



Roger,   . We're proceeding to target.



Crawler   deploying ground forces.



All units...














Squad   to your  :  !

Squad   stand by with covering fire!



Enemy sniper at   :  !



Sniper located!







l think we have to assume

that the missing men are down.



Maybe you should've made them smart

instead of fast.



Squad   do you copy?



Squad   do you copy?



Squad   do you copy?



    to Command.

 .  clicks from settlement.



Will engage enemy in two minutes.



Roger,    .



Crawler   to Command.



We have lost radio contact

with all ground units.



We are still searching for the sniper.



Crawler   to Crawler   . Come in,   .






Two to one. Take your port to our  :  

and commence firing.



Affirmative,  .

Port to  :   and commence firing.



Crawler   to Crawler   .



Again, proceed to Port  :  .






Proceed to Port  :  .



Where's my father?



Two to one.



You're still on   :  . Correct   .



Affirmative,  .



Crawler  !



You're on a collision course with me!



Affirmative,  .



Crawler   do you copy?



Crawler   do you copy?



Are any ofyou men out there?



Can any ofyou men hear me?



Your men...



...are obsolete.



-Try Number   .

-l tried Number   ! l can't get either!



This is bad. We don't know

what we're up against. How many?



They couldn't get figures on enemy troops.



We're sitting ducks.

There could be a few divisions out there.



We don't even have the weapons

to arm the old soldiers.



ls that a recrimination?



Because if it is,

l will have you court-martialed.



-No, sir.

-All right, don't panic. Don't panic.



l am not panicking!





            must have some

of those new DX-  s on board.



Planet killers, you mean.



We carry   .



One's enough.



We set it on a short fuse

and we get out of here.



Boom. We win.



Brave. lt means that even

when you're scared...


            control your emotions.



You make the fear be really small and tiny.



Oh, no!



We should go, sir.



Take him.



Go back.



Go back! Go back!



Right horizontal.



Roger. Right horizontal checks green.



What are we waiting for?



Give us a go.



We'll give Riley and his men

seven more minutes.



-Fuck them. Let's just go.

-Abandon them?



l'll pretend l didn't hear that.

l'm the captain--



l'm your superior officer.

lt's my mission, my call. l say go.



Losing men in combat is one thing,

abandoning them--



l'm not going to die

because of your pompous bullshit.



This is a direct order. Understand?

Take off now!



Don't walk away from me,

you sniveling, West Point piece of--



Take the helm, Sloan.



Let's launch this thing.



Come on! On the double! Let's go!



Close up the lower hatch.



Punch up your port power cluster.



What was that?



What was what?



Get off of me!



Fucking morons! Get your hands off me!

Ten minutes to go, understand?



You're killing yourselves!



What are you doing?















Don't leave us!



We must get out of here!






lt's getting ready to detonate!

We must stop it!



Fourteen seconds! Hurry!



l can't remember if it's  -  or  - !



-Get out of the way!

-No, you don't know what you're doing!



Hurry, hurry!






Aye-aye, sir.



Setting course for the Trinity Moons.


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