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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!"
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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.
Starship Troopers works both as a sci-fi adventure packed with entertainment value, or a dark satire with even more to dissect. It's thrilling, funny, disturbing, unsettling and way beyond what I could have expected.
Great that this movie is appreciated nowadays. I can't believe it took the critics so long to realize the humans in the movie are Nazis.
В мире будущего к власти пришли военные. И если кто-то хочет стать полноценным членом общества — голосовать на выборах, получать социальные льготы и другую поддержку от государства — он должен идти в армию, где за успешное прохождение службы можно получить так называемое гражданство. Такой расклад понятен: человечество ведет ожесточенную войну с армией инопланетных жуков, и добровольцы в вооруженных силах нужны всегда. Одним из таких молодых людей становится красавчик Джон Рико. Он записывается в армию только после уговоров своей девушки Кармен, но совсем скоро превращается в настоящую суперзвезду межпланетной войны.
По прошествии нескольких десятилетий ситуация «Пол Верховен переезжает в Голливуд» кажется не столько логическим карьерным повышением, которое когда-то произошло с прославленным европейским режиссером, сколько тонкой диверсионной операцией в его же исполнении.…
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I'll watch anything with giant bugs in it
I watched this because it was mentioned in Crunch Time and then Van Dien made an appearance in the show.
Why didn't you all tell me to watch this sooner.
Disappointed in each and every one of you.
I had to watch this for a class and discuss the topic of citizenship in regards to the film. I ain't doing that here.
+3 stars for the girl choosing her career and own future over her dumb high school boyfriend.
-1 star for the other main female character being a little creepily obsessed with the guy and then (SPOILER) ending up dead.
+1 for "bug city"
+1/2 star for the censored brain probe.
-1 star for the blatant whitewashing of Juan Rico, who was Filipino in the book.
I didn't even know about this movie before this class but now that I'm aware of the whitewashing I'm ready to read the book and see a heroic Filipino character as the protagonist of a sci-fi story.
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For some, Starship Troops is a wicked satire. For others, it is more akin to a wet dream. The world of the 23rd century is one where Ameri-uh I mean, Planet Earth, has mastered many things, including space travel, but has yet to nail down the art of international (interstellar, in this case) relations. There is a vague notion that the bugs might not be so hostile if the humans had not invaded their territory in the first place, but who wants to hear about that? The time for negotiations is over, and war beckons. At least that is what the military recruiters tell to the fresh-faced high schoolers. The strange thing is we can't even accuse the film of…
90 of my favorite movies from the 90s. In some sort of order.