- I'm sure I wasn't the only one whose heart warmed-up, wiping a Single Tear as the old warriors who once piloted the Missouri gathered as one before Alex, to bravely sail out protecting their country once more.
- My dad, a naval veteran, choked up a bit at that scene. You're not the only one—it's far and away the best scene of the movie.
- There is also the very nice moment when a vet speaks to Cora Raikes and welcomes her on duty, not as a woman in "his navy," but as a destroyer crewmember ready to perform with a battleship.
- In the novelization, it goes into detail about why the veterans agreed to help Stone by saying they had seen the horrors of war and vowed "never again."
- Also watching Canales who has literally admitted that he believes himself to be half a man and has "no will to live" slowly regain his posture and decorum as a warrior and then go head to head with an advanced alien as a double amputee. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and a Crowning Moment of Awesome. By far, my favorite character and plotline of the entire movie. Watching him get his medal first choked me up a bit.
- This movie achieved a trifecta of heartwarming tributes: to elderly retired veterans, to disabled veterans of modern wars, and to the spirit of international cooperation. Impressive!
- One for the aliens. It may have been partially pragmatic and caused a lot of damage to our heroes, but the aliens launch what amounts to a commando raid to rescue one of their own captured by the humans. Aliens may be bastards, but not to their own.
- Alex accepting the award on Stone's behalf after the latter's death. Made even better when you think how Stone would've been so proud of his little brother.
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