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The Cadet Looking For Grenades


What was the purpose of this scene? At first, I originally thought that the cadet looking for grenades was going to start a battle by using the grenades against the police and national guard without authority.

But then, nothing ever came of it, and he ended up lying down his weapons during the large exodus and walking out.

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It was to show the cavalier attitude the children had towards the handling of weapons.

Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order

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My only disagreement here is that I didn't see any sort of casual or dangerous attitude displayed by any of the cadets regarding their firearms throughout the film. All were rather professional and cautious, and appeared to have good trigger discipline throughout the film.

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I'm assuming you mean other than things like the one cadet reclining in bed, reaching up and grabbing a grenade and tossing it to the requestor? It's been a long time since I was in the Army, but still... lol

Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order

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Yes, that would be the scene. Besides the tossing of the grenade, I can't think of any other time the cadets weren't treating the firearms with respect.

Regardless, I thought that this scene was forewarning the viewer to something much worse. Perhaps it was, although the particular cadet who asked for grenades wasn't involved.

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I thought the opposite. I first saw this this in the theatre when it was released and the audience laughed at that scene. I think it was meant to be a lighter moment before things started going very badly. "And Shovel? Don't eat it!"



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All I got from that scene was a chance for Tom Cruise's character to show is A-hole attitude by ignoring the weaker cadet, along with the casual handling of weapons.

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