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Small Soldiers

Kirsten Dunst , Jay Mohr , Joe Dante    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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Here's the pitch: "It's like Toy Story but these toys that come to life really kick butt!" That's essentially it for this breezy popcorn flick. In a very smart first 10 minutes, new toy-company owner Denis Leary tells his crew he wants toys "that play back." Hence the small soldiers land in Anytown, U.S.A., and the loner kid Alan (Gregory Smith) opens them up before they are supposed to be on the shelves. Those military-grade chips sure make them smart and give the toys plenty of pithy retorts to boot. Plenty of violence, er, action, most of it fun enough. The vocal talents, including Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, and cast members of The Dirty Dozen are inspired characters, the humans less so. With Gremlins director Joe Dante at the helm, it plays like a sequel to that '80s fantasy. Amazing visual effects, of course. --Doug Thomas

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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome special effects Jan. 6 2004
Format:VHS Tape
For pure entertainment value and eye-candy alone, I really enjoyed this film. The acting was good, even though the plot was full of holes and the script had some extremely cheesy lines. It was good to see Phil Hartman on screen, but his talent was wasted in this flick - his character was a minor one and he didn't get many lines.
The premise: a military defense contractor expands its boundaries by buying up a successful toy company, hoping to put surplus chips to use by remarketing them as toys.
Two races of action figures - soldiers (human) and Gorgonites (totally dissimilar to each other, from the planet Gorgon, both are programmed to be mortal enemies. The soldiers are programmed to win, the Gorgonites are programmed to either hide or lose.
Apparently no testing takes place before they hit the shelves and the soldiers are ruthless, ripping the Gorgonites limb from limb.
They decide that children who play with Gorgonites must also be destroyed, as they are perceived as being collaborators with the enemy. Needless to say, this is entertainmen for grownups, not for little ones.
The chips that are used in them give them artificial intelligence - the ability to learn and to create new weapons using anything they find. Almost like "Universal Soldier" along with the passion and emotion.
Archer, protector of the Gorgonites, is the true heartwarming character of the film. He is homesick for Gorgon, and even though the planet only exists in the mind of the toymakers that marketed him, he longs to be home.
Alan, a boy trying to re-earn the trust from his parents, has a hard time proving that toys are the ones wreaking havoc until they are caught in the act.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than small soldiers Aug. 1 2003
Format:DVD
This is a great movie for the family to watch. It has action that would be enjoyable for all ages. Those who love 80's machine movies will love "Small Soldiers". The writers thought of a unique storyline that makes it more entertaining and bring hopes for the loners. The beginning accurately desplicts how the toy industry is being treated today.
Gregory Smith(TV's "Everwood"), who plays Alan, wonderfully performs his role as a loner who finds toys in a truck. Alan sneaks them home. Little does he know that the toys are alive. He meets a girl at the toy shop, played by the fabulous Kirsten Dunst. The chemistry between the characters give the movie that added spark. The characters' secret about the toys helps build the storyline, readying the war eruption. The two actors prove that "Small Soldiers" is little about toys who fight; rather, it's about the importance of breaking out of one's shell.
The special effects team made the alive toys more entertaining to watch. Those who provided their voices gave it the added humor, especially the female dolls. Computer animation wonderfully combined them and the real-life people. This was especially crucial in the war scene because of the weapons used.
Though no child would ever fight a war in real life, "Small Soldiers" will never leave their audience disappointed. Note the two rising stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless entertainment March 26 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This movie got a bit of a bad rap when it came out, because people were expecting another "Toy Story", which is great in it's own way, but far from the spirit of this picture. In this story, the toys not only can die, but they can kill. It shows what would happen if supercomputers the size of a doll's head were placed used as the "brain", and then they were programmed to kill other toys. If humans get in the way, well, I believe the term is "collateral damage".
Surrounded by this story are a lot of comments on corporate greed. Dennis Leary gives yet another (see "The Ref") terrific performance with his no-nonsense look at the world. In this one he's the CEO of a conglomerate who wants to make toys that actually do what the commercials lead on to. With an unlimited budget and a tight deadline, the results are not quite what people hoped for.
You see, there are two sets of toys: one is a peace-loving set of oddballs, and the other is a group of soldiers. Even though the oddballs are intellectually interesting, they are merely cannon fodder, as the soldiers are programmed to kill them. Since this is what the toy-buying populace will want, that's what the company gives them. It goes a bit off-kilter when the soldiers do their job way too well. The special effects that show this are state-of-the-art for their time, and still hold well today. There is humor all around, both for kids and adults. When the soldiers discover a group of Barbie dolls, and one observes with a leer that they're bendable, mom and dad get the joke while still keeping it OK for kid viewing.
Now I know a little bit about programming, and the movie does take a few liberties with what computers can do in the spirit of advancing the plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but entertaining fantasy. Nov. 16 2002
Format:DVD
When a overeager New Toy Executive Marketer (Denis Leary) wants to make New Toys for his new company. When the Company create the Commando Elite-Toy Action Figures with Attitude and the Gorgonites, which they are kindhearted but unusual creatures, created by two different people (Jay Mohr & David Cross). When a once troubled teenager-Alan Abernathy (Gregory Smith), when he active the Toys, those two different Type of Toys goes on a War. Especially the Commando Elite, thier only mission is to destory and those who help the Gorgonites. Although one of the toy creators has been putting Military Mircochips into new Combat Figures.
Directed by Joe Dante (The Burbs, Explorers, Gremlins 1 & 2) made a clever, entertaining, comic adventure flick. This has a good premise-written by Gavin Scott (The Borrowers), Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City), Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio (Aladdin, Godzilla-1998, The Mask of Zorro). One of the few most amazing Highlights are the terrific CGI Animation effects created by Industrial, Light & Magic (ILM), Toy Designs by Stan Winston (A.I.-Artificial Intelligence, Aliens, Jurassic Park Trilogy) and Sereval Scenes in this one-Including doing great homage to Bride of Frankenstein is a stroke of demented genius are one of the great things about the flick. But the film's unexepected grim violence towards the end and the romance between Smith and Kristen Dunst puts the movie someways down.
Tommy Lee Jones gives a fun voical comical performance as the leader of the Commando Elite-Chip Hazard. Voice Talents, including:Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, Bruce Dern, George Kennedy, Clint Walker, Christopher Guest, Micheal McKean and Harry Shearer are the Original Cast Members of two memorable films from The Dirty Dozen and This is Spinal Tap.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Special effects 5 scenario 1
Special effects are impressive but the scenario is really poor. Actors too.
Published 1 month ago by Philippe Bodson
5.0 out of 5 stars :D
Now my kid like movies can be completely DVD instead of a combination of DVD and VHS. Thank you very much!
Published 2 months ago by Bethany Hurst
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Service Good Price
Good value very entertaining graphics are great for time period and fast moving adventure lots of action and very unique..
Published 3 months ago by Richard W. Fodchuk
5.0 out of 5 stars My grandson will love this!!!
My son watched this on VHS over and over...I'm sure his son will too.
I mentioned to my son that I found this movie on Amazon.ca, he can't wait for it to arrive.
Published 4 months ago by Debbie G.
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucks
This product doesn't work in our DVD player very very disappointed in the fact that it does not even work!
Published 5 months ago by Richelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Soldiers Review
This DVD is brand new and works perfectly. The DVD itself is not scratched, and the case is not dented or anything.
Published 14 months ago by Megan Duarte
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids of all ages
Had to have it. Loved It. Had to have this to replace the good old VHS tapes. I would recommend these movies to all who like action.
Published 14 months ago by John Battye
5.0 out of 5 stars the toys were kool
finally I have this now on dvd,now they put this movie on blu-ray.joe dante did a great with the action figures.
Published 18 months ago by kris anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Small soldiers DVD
Had a confirmation request regarding video or DVD. Returned confirmation for a video and was sent both. DVD was old, was obviously very well used. Not worth the trouble to return
Published 19 months ago by Debbie Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good kids movie & teen movie.
I thought thus movie was great. Im viewing the VHS verson because I habe the tape verson. The movie is great and the cgi at the ending where the good guys are fighting. Read more
Published 22 months ago by godzilla_fan
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