Movies that are slightly off.
The only good bug is a dead bug.
Set in the future, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry. Rico's military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an arachnoid species known as "the Bugs".
There are two reasons why I dislike James Cameron’s Titanic: The first, and obvious reason is that it isn’t a very good film, but most importantly it was responsible for me missing out on seeing Starship Troopers on the big screen. So popular was Cameron’s behemoth that every other film was sold out thanks to people being unable to get into see Winslet’s breasts and DiCaprio’s bad acting.
The sheer spectacle of Verhoeven’s bug-blasting epic would have blown my mind on the big screen but thankfully it is still an undisputed joy at home too. Even back in ‘97 it surprised me how few people really got the film. Not only was Verhoeven very well known for his playful and…
Paul Verhoeven is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. He has easily taken the top spot as my favorite Science Fiction Director. Am I ever late to the party. Up until about 48 hours ago the only Verhoeven film I had seen was RoboCop; which is also fantastic.
Starship Troopers is the perfect space opera. It's got a ton of action, plenty of laughs, and cheesy romance. What's not to love?
"Naked force has resolved more conflicts throughout history than any other factor."
Starship Troopers satirizes jingoism and military ideology by dressing itself up as a Nazi and making us laugh at it. From the Federal Network "Would you like to know more?" propaganda ("Join the Mobile Infantry and save the Galaxy!") to the pervasive "us vs. them" fascist mentality ("I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say kill 'em all!") to the drill instructor who misses the point of his own lessons ("The enemy can't push a button if you disable his hand!"), the film systematically reappropriates military iconography to make it laughable and expose its violent foundation. But the greatest reappropriation of all is the way Verhoeven's film itself takes…
A bombastic, satirically stlylized, and thoroughly entertaining science fiction epic, Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers" offers a sly, hyper-violent ride. Revolving around a future war where humans square off against an onslaught of space bugs, the film sharply skewers the gusto with which youthful exuberance aligns with military movements while making statements about fascism and nationalistic zeal both historical and fictional. Verhoeven weaves an engrossing tale driven by special effects and its own wickedly involving sensibilities.
Taking place in a distant future where an Earth-wide military is assembled to face an extraterrestrial threat, the film focuses on a handful of young recruits as they train and, eventually, join the battle. Minor personal dramas and romances give way to the bigger picture…
Oh, Starship Troopers, let me count the ways I love you:
* That poor cow.
* The greatest Space opera in the last 15 years
* The [CENSORED] brain probe moment.
* Doogie Howser, Space Nazi
* "They sucked out his BRAINS!"
5. It's 5 ways. Do you want to know more?
When you watch and read a lot of science fiction, you start to realize that visions of the future are almost always dark and depressing. Writers tend to take the problems and fears of modern society and magnify them for these larger than life science fiction tales. What I love most about Starship Troopers is that it presents a complex view of the future . It finds the time to comment on our recent past by showing how the human race progresses on some issues and slides backward/stagnates in others. It's also just a fun, action-packed space adventure, full of decently characterized humans and just enough information about the society/world they occupy to be hooked from the start.
"The enemy cannot push a button, if you disable his hand. Medic!"
...Nope. I still don't see why people like this.
It's not a satire, because (spoiler alert b/c fuck you) the bugs die and the queen gets captured and the fascist good guys win etc. etc. and despite the cheese and the blatant simple-mindedness of the fascist good guys there's never any indication from the movie that they are wrong. The audience might think it, but as far as we know the movie doesn't. It's like calling "Birth of a Nation" a satire: the story is absurd in our contemporary cultural context, but there's no sign from the text that that's the intended reaction. Just because it plays its absurdity straight-faced doesn't mean it's not stupid.
A few reasons why this…
Paul Verhoeven is a master of making trashy movies which are also somehow great.
The acting is dire, particularly: Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards. Most of the military logistics make little sense: use the nukes more or attack from the damn sky!
Somehow though, the experience of this film is magical. It's growing up together, it's friendship, it's camaraderie. It's anti-military, until it isn't. To an extent, it's a great space epic.
One of the most bizarre sci-fi films I've seen in recent memory, Starship Troopers, at its core, is both a satire and military propaganda film, and for the most part has a bit of a difficult time balancing the two, along with a few uninteresting characters, but its unique alien bug designs, fun action sequences and effects that shockingly hold up very well by today make it a fairly entertaining watch.
Looks actually not that bad for an almost 20 year old movie.
I spent the whole movie trying to figure out if it was a criticism of American militarism and propaganda or an example of.
Im still not sure
My canon. In (approximate) order of favorite films, not necessarily of best action sequences.
Trying to keep a relatively open…
Everyone else is doing it. No order because that's tricky.