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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.
Fascism back in fashion!
Big, dumb spectacle at its finest! A right-wing, fascist masterpiece!
There's a weird sense of humor at work throughout that is in part satirical in its treatment of the genre, but yet it also feels steadfast and earnest. The actors give very affected, unnatural performances and that is to the movie's credit. Everyone is glassy-eyed and pretty, projecting a sense of innocence. Perhaps because of all the mind-control propaganda being fed to them by the state.
I love that this movie is set in a fascist world but never comments on the ethics of it all. In fact, the only liberal in the movie, a side character, gets bitten in half by a giant bug.
This movie is also surprisingly…
Starship Troopers endlich zu sehen war interessant. Zum einen ging mir ein gewisser Ole auf den Keks ("das du den nicht gesehen hast!"), zum anderen hatte ich kurz davor das Buch gelesen. Zusätzlich wurde er auch weitestgehend positiv im Verhoevenpodcast von den GameOne Jungs, vorwiegend Simon, erwähnt. Andererseits wusste ich, dass die Fortsetzungen recht häufig spätnachts bei kabel eins oder so laufen, was mich immer ein wenig abgeschreckt hat. Ausserdem seltsam, dass bei der Kultsynchronisation in Deutschland mein Vater den Film nie mit mir gesehen hat.
Nun ja, wie auch immer. Jetzt ist es soweit und es ist ein Fest. Visuell erkennt man zwar das Alter, jedoch funktioniert es immernoch prima, lediglich die CGI-Effekte wirken teilweise noch wie aus den…
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johnny rico is my son honestly his love and protectiveness for infantry warms my heart so much. carmen plays him so hard and he's quite slow on the uptake but i'm so so glad that gets to be with dizzy, even if it's only for a while. and dizzy!!! she's so fuckin badass honestly i mean okay she could've loved herself a bit and not boosted johnny's ego so much but she loved him and she was unapologetic about that and i!! love!!! her!!! so much. idk how i feel about carmen i'm not very fond of ppl who play with people's feelings but she's also badass so idk but one thing is certain.
johnny rico was too good for carmen ibanez.
and carl!! i wanna punch him so bad!!! lmao anyway i love starship troopers
"M.I. does the dying. Fleet just does the flying."
Verhoeven's affinity for satire, violence and nudity coalesce in what might be the directors penultimate statement on Americana. We've seen uber-violence in ROBOCOP and TOTAL RECALL, and we've tasted the temptation in BASIC INSTINCT and SHOWGIRLS, but this movie brings it all together under the lens of America's pastime, war. The over-the-top action and goofy CGI are as ridiculous as the intentionally silly propaganda videos that contextualize the film throughout. It's all just excess, fun tropes taken a step further, like when one of the soldiers gets trigger happy and blasts a bug to the point where its green bodily fluids spatter over the infantry to the point where one of them can no longer even see from all the…
Great sci-fi action movie with fantastic special effects. The satirical social commentary adds another layer to the film, but it can also be viewed as just a fun-filled popcorn flick with enough blood and boobs to keep kids of all ages entertained.
Not great, but tons of fun.
Probably the movie ive seen the most .. but i have no regrets !
Still hella fun to see it.
It's stupid and dumb, but it's a ton of fun.
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