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.
"Starship Troopers" mainly exists as science fiction fodder for those that care to indulge. As far as the acting goes, the characters might as well be cardboard cutouts or action figures fighting the realistic looking, yet lackluster bugs that continuously swarm in the same manner until their attacks are completely telegraphed and shockless.
I didn’t see this when it was released, but I remember hearing it was a sort of fascistic glorification of war. Maybe I got the wrong end of the stick or maybe the commentator I read got the wrong end of the stick, but the film does not glorify the values of its futuristic militaristic society, but satirizes them. But being satiric is not the same as being interesting satire. Despite its enormous budget the film looks cheap and cheerful and tacky...I presume it was meant to look that way: a tacky look for a tacky universe. And then it begins like a high school comedy/drama, the usual types with their friendships, loves and jealousies, but it is in a…
Simply a damn cool film.
There are B-movies, and then there are Paul Verhoeven B-movies. The man has taken the B-movie formula, and turned it into a damn art form. He has a unique knack of taking subject matter that is ridiculous on its face, and somehow executing it in a way that feels downright transcendent.
The film follows the war between humans and bugs. Again, ridiculous on its face, but the execution is anything but. The film of course delves into social commentary, but my favorite was the nasty sense of humor on display. The characters somehow come out stronger than they should, the score is fantastic, and the action is glorious. It may be a film where it's…
Interesting to say the least
Bombast above emotion and color above narrative - an absolutely vicious takedown of the scifi genre itself acting as a piece of merchandise-ready propaganda but only to highlight flaws in a system Verhoeven clearly hates (he made the maligned, brilliant Showgirls two years earlier). A film of people who rebel against a system (or at least recognize the system's flaws) but choose to live in it anyway specifically as highlighted by Verhoeven's indulgence in excess and whimsy. This is nowhere near his best film and that's mostly down to the weighted nature of the thematic ideals of the piece getting in the way of entertainment.
I had a good laugh to myself afterward because Starship Troopers got two sequels. Tough luck, Verhoeven, you pulled off a franchise-film/military-propaganda-piece satire off so well that you actually spawned a franchise.
"Brain Bugs? Frankly, I find the idea of a bug that thinks OFFENSIVE!"
When I was a kid, I just watched Starship Troopers for the special effects, explosions, guns, and gratuitous violence...
...while at the same time (like with every other Paul Verhoeven movie (and basically any 15 or 18-rated movies) I was allowed to watch in my younger years) always being instructed to avert my eyes whenever there were boobs on screen - because gore and bloodshed and effing and jeffing are all totally fine, but NOT THE BOOBS!!!, LORD HAVE MERCY, NOT THE BOOBS!!!, FOR THEY ARE OF THE DEVIL, AND FOR A WOMAN TO EXPOSE THEM IS A SIN, AND TO LAY YOUR EYES UPON THEM…
Still awesome, almost 20 years down the line.
Mindig olyan gagyinak tűnt a Star Trekes díszleteivel, de mindenki ódákat zengett róla, úgyhogy rászántam magam, és nem csalódtam, zsaniális, ahogy a tini romkomok fordulatait egy inváziós sci-fihez igazítja, de közben eszetlenül véres, szembe röhögi a nézőjét, és a háttérben még a Verhoevent jellemző (Robotzsaru megvan?) fasisztoid társadalom rémképe is ügyesen keveredik ezzel a rózsaszín propaganda filmmel.
...also low key one of the most casually frightening movies I've ever seen??? War is hell, satirical war is satirical hell, etc.
also ALSO just looked this up on wiki and "The cast agreed to do the co-ed shower scene only if Verhoeven agreed to direct the scene naked, which he did." ART
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