The only good bug is a dead bug.
The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit. 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…
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?
“Come on you apes. You want to live forever? “
Ohhhh how I love to bask in the glory that is Starship Troopers. This is movie is so deliciously self aware, violent, hammy, and fun on all levels.
When I read stories about this movie being polarized by critics upon its release, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The movie is blatant satire that is meant to be eaten up by any fan of B Movies or Propaganda War films. Starship Troopers tends to go over a lot of people’s heads, and makes a lot of people audibly laugh when you bring it up. This is both good and bad. It’s bad because some people will think the…
This is definitely a favorite and always will be.
Oh god this film brings back memories, I used to watch this with my dad when I was younger, he would cook something to eat, we would sit on the bed, kick off our shoes, eat, sit in silence and watch the movie. I swear, I should have been a boy.
Starship Troopers is insanely fun to watch, and plus the bug creature used to scare me to death and the ending is INCREDIBLE!
One scene in particular that I love is when Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) throws a bomb inside the huge bug and orange slim spurts out! Ah so fantastic.
Just everything about this is PERFECT!
Every scene is unforgettable.
Just watch it. PLEASE if you haven't.
I thought Robocop was the pinnacle of Paul Verhoeven's action-movie-as-subtle-satire aesthetic, but that's just because I hadn't seen Starship Troopers since I was 12 years old. This ups the ante on Robocop significantly - at no point does this seem like anything other than a particularly chilling (and clever) piece of propaganda from an alternate future, one in which humanity might not be the good guys anymore. I really admire Verhoeven's Series 7-like commitment to sticking to the joke, and it's truly amazing that he was allowed to do so with a $105 million budget - not to mention the fact that it completely subverts the source material (or so I understand, I haven't read the book).
Anyway, I'm gonna go join the Marines now. I heard you get to take showers with girls there.
Part of The December Project: Film #41
"I'm doing my part!"
"Would you like to know more?"
"It's an ugly planet! A BUG planet!"
"An enemy can not push a button if you disable his hand!"
"I'm from Beunos Aires and I say kill them all!"
"Now have fun! That's an order!"
"Never pass up a good thing!"
"You're some kind of big, fat, smart-bug, aren't you?"
"Everybody fights, nobody quits. If you don't do your job I'll kill you myself. Welcome to the Roughnecks!"
"Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?!"
I have seen Starship Troopers countless times, and it never gets old, despite the fact that I have the film practically memorized by now.
I think I have an addiction.
¿Una película dentro de otra película? ¿Un soberbio ejercicio de Metacine? Para mí, la más sutil crítica al fascismo jamás hecha. Y salen bicharracos muy guapos...
Some would call this a guilty pleasure but I wear my love for Starship Troopers with pride. Let's be honest; it's trash, but it's entertaining trash. I appreciate it in the same way I do Aliens. That film in no way tries to mimic its predecessor. It's a simple action film based around military forces kicking alien ass, and that's all it needs to be. The same goes with Starship Troopers. It's in no way intelligent or thought-provoking, but it's a film you can't tear your eyes away from.
Plus, every once in a while absurd humour is the way to go.
Το γαμάτο δν είναι απλά το πόσο ύπουλα διαμορφώνει το "μήνυμα" της που το έχασα εγώ όταν το πρωτοείδα η οι πάντες όταν πρωτοβγηκε, αλλά ότι ξαναβλεποντας το είσαι απλά σίγουρος ότι ο Κασπερ Βαν Ντιεν και η Ντενιζ Ριτσαρντς 15 χρόνια μετά δν έχουν ιδέα. Σατανικό.
"Starship Troopers doesn’t mock the American military or the clichés of war – that’s just something Verhoeven says in interviews to appear politically correct. In fact, he loves clichés, and there’s a comic strip side to Verhoeven, very close to Lichtenstein." - Jacques Rivette
I'm inclined to agree, but I can still take this film as unintentional satire. It's not nearly as "deep" as RoboCop simply because there's a less of subtext. This is mostly just an indictment of military culture, which is fine. I guess you could argue this film has a wider reach. Whatever the case, it's still really great, and not just because it has the greatest sex scene ever* though yes, that helps a ton.
* sorry Nicolas Roeg
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Even when I was living through them, I suspected that there would come a day when we look back onto the late 1990s as kitsch. There is some fun to be mined from how short-sighted STARSHIP TROOPERS was in predicting how the Internet would develop in the future. The iPad, considerably cruder than the ones we actually have now, makes an appearance early on as a combination textbook and notebook. And for no discernible reason, everyone congregates at a student center to see their grades. They predicted that the Internet would replace television as our chief means of communication and entertainment, but the "Why We Fight" PSAs still have a needless time element attached to them.
I was also pleasantly…
Much like Verhoeven’s previous work, namely Robocop and Total Recall, Starship Troopers is brilliantly violent and very entertaining, but unlike those other two I couldn’t get past some of the films major flaws.
Satirical B-movie or not, the acting here is just inexcusably bad. I can’t really tell if the cast were hired specifically for their good looks because they don’t seem to offer much else. Apart from Neil Patrick Harris. Bonus points for him. I also felt it dragged on about half an hour too long. Watching giant space bugs get shot and people impaled is very entertaining, but believe it or not does get slightly tiresome after 2 hours.
Saying that, I think I’ve actually just changed my…
2 Stars is an unpopular review and I know that. Everyone I know loves this film. Guess I'm just the odd one out, and you probably want to know why I didn't like this alleged B-Movie classic. Well, there were a few things I did like.
The effects are a stand out here as everyone mentions, and they really are, they're incredibly realistic and gruesome, wonderful to look at. The ships are designed meticulously and under the Star Wars Act of 1977 we have plenty of lovely space cruiser shots floating around to ogle at. The army of bugs as well looks great and disturbingly menacing, they're a great invention.
Clancy Brown as Sgt. Zim, you'll know him as the…
When I first watched this, I was really torn on what to think. I couldn't decide if it was pure shock or a more nuanced, satirical work of exploitation genius. The more I thought of it, the more I decided I loved it. Like Verhoeven classics ROBOCOP and TOTAL RECALL, the dark humor, ridiculous violence, and pessimistic take on society is a gleeful concoction.