Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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…
"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…
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?
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?
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…
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.
Film #20 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #20: A film about mythical creatures!
Do aliens count? Anyways this movie kicks fucking ass
Imagine watching this not realising it's a satire. Hold me, I'm scared.
No hay ni una sola escena en que Verhoeven no acierte en el tono o en la intensidad. Ni una sin la carga justa. Sigue siendo una de las más feroces sátiras sobre el militarismo de todos los tiempos, sin dejar, ojo, de ser un enorme espectáculo de acción bélica. Una película mucho más importante que tú, que yo, que cualquiera de sus espectadores. Una obra maestra.
Si t'imaginessis com es podrien reconfigurar amb èxit el valors i la cultura folletinesca de l'època daurada del PULP al cinema de final del segle XX no et sortiria una cosa millor que Starship Troopers. Els norantes de Paul Verhoeven són una puta sinfonia.
Vuelve Paul, te echamos de menos.
A nivel de efectos, se sigue meando en la mayoría de cosas que se han hecho desde entonces (y ya tiene casi 20 años!).
A nivel película, puro delirio de humor negro y mala leche made in Verhoeven.
One of the funniest damn satires EVER!!!!
So many laugh out loud moments. Good ole' Verhoeven!
The tone is so specific, so consistent, and so well realized. Somehow straddling a thin line of satire, B-movie adventure, and gross-out comedy without ever over-winking or being cute. It's smart and completely entertaining. It blew my mind as a kid, and still holds up today. I miss Paul Verhoeven.
Hooo boy, was that a fun movie!
Starship Troopers takes us through the military career of a soldier in a futuristic war against giant killer bugs.
All the reviews I'm reading sing praises for the satire against the militaristic and facist ideologies that the humans subscribe to, I found myself taking the movie straight and being entertained by the war story in a gritty scifi setting. Whoever did the gore effects for this movie deserves a medal, really just a fun movie.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…