Or that you’ve just been whipped good and have to retaliate with the most excessive use of force possible.
Here’s the relevant dialogue (Ripley is the protagonist, played by Sigorney Weaver, Burke is the “company man” and the rest are the remainder of a pair of squads of Colonial Marines that just barely survived an attack by the aliens):
All right, we can't blow the fuck
out of them...why not roll some
canisters of CN-20 down there.
Nerve gas the whole nest?
Look, man, let's just bug out and
call it even, okay?
No good. How do we know it'll
effect their biochemistry? I say
we take off and nuke the entire
site from orbit. It's the only
way to be sure.
Now hold on a second. I'm not
authorizing that action.
Burke senses the challenge in her tone and backpedals
flawlessly into conciliatory mode.
Well, I mean...I know this is an
emotional moment, but let's not
make snap judgments. Let's move
cautiously. First, this physical
installation had a substantial
dollar value attached to it --
They can bill me. I got a tab
running. What's second?
This is clearly an important
species we're dealing with here.
We can't just arbitrarily
exterminate them --
Yeah, bullshit. Watch us.
Maybe you haven't been keeping up
on current events, but we just got
out asses kicked, pal!
Ripley faces Burke squarely and she's not pleased.
Look, Burke. We had an agreement.
Burke moves in, lowering his voice. He takes her aside
from the others.
I know, I know, but we're dealing
with changing scenarios here. This
thing is major, Ripley. I mean
really major. You gotta go with
its energy. Since you are the
representative of the company who
discovered this species your
percentage will naturally be
some serious, serious money.
Ripley stares at his like he's a particularly
You son of a bitch.
Don't make me pull rank, Ripley.
What rank? I believe Corporal Hicks
has authority here.
This operation is under military
jurisdiction and Hicks is next in
chain of command. Right?
Looks that way.
Burke starts to lose it and it's not a pretty sight.
Look, this is a multimillion
dollar operation. He can't make
that kind of decision. He's just
(glances at Hicks)
Ferro, you copying?
(voice over; static)
Prep for dust-off. We're gonna
need an immediate evac.
I think we'll take off and nuke
the site from orbit. It's the
only way to be sure.
Great movie, directed by James Cameron (Terminator, The Abyss, True Lies. It (and its predecessor, Ridley Scott’s Alien) basically spawned the '80s/'90s collection of unrelenting killer-alien movies. So yeah, you should see it.
It’s just a good thing they didn’t make any sequels or absurd cross-overs, 'cause those would have sucked. If you catch my drift.