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.
Por si alguien no pilla el trasfondo de esta excelente película, aquí dejo uno de sus diálogos, que creo que lo resume bastante bien:
Jean Rasczak: All right, let's sum up. This year we explored the failure of democracy. How our social scientists brought our world to the brink of chaos. We talked about the veterans, how they took control and established the stability that has lasted for generations since. You know these facts, but have I taught you anything of value this year?
[to a student]
Jean Rasczak: You. Why are only citizens allowed to vote?
Student: It's a reward. Something the federation gives you for doing federal service.
Jean Rasczak: No. Something given has no value. When you…
There's something a lot of people don't get about satire - just because it's mocking something stupid doesn't mean it's a good movie, or an enjoyable one for that matter. Scream failed at this because it ended up imitating the same stupid cliches it criticized the slasher genre of having. And unless you make the military fun and romanticized, it's kinda hard to say, "So you enjoyed all that military violence despite the deaths of all those people huh?" No, I didn't enjoy any of that, because the acting was terrible, and the character soap operas are hokey and melodramatic, so by extension, I didn't care about the characters at all. Your message was poorly executed.
Ironically, James Cameron was…
Spaceships, guns, aliens, satire humour what could I ask more
Paul Verhoeven's brilliantly satiric ode to fascism is still as entertaining and relevant as it was when it first came out. While some of the special effects for the bugs don't hold up, the rest does and were presented with a fully believable and lived in futuristic world.
What makes the satire in the film so great is that Verhoeven never calls attention to it. He assumes that the audience will realize the futility of war simply by showing us all the gruesome carnage that comes along with it and our increasing reluctance to ask why we're fighting. At the end of the film we're supposed to recognize that this conflict is meaningless and diplomatic measures would be the better solution, but the film never tells you that. All were left with at the end is a slogan of complete irony, "They'll keep fighting. And they'll win!"
Brillante satira sobre el futuro y la ciencia ficción, no la recordaba así, creo que cuando la vi en el estreno me la tome de otra manera. Aunque no le pongo las cuatro estrellas que quizás se merezca porque la parte final se me hizo un poco larga.
Starship Troopers was directed by Paul Verhoven and is based on a novel of the same name. It is set an indeterminate number of years in the future and is about humanity’s war with an alien race bent on our destruction or are they? It stars Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris and Michael Ironside.
Paul Verhoven is perhaps best known for Robocop and Total Recall, two completely iconic 80’s sci-fi action movies and here he returned to the genre. This movie is completely ridiculous, I think it definitely falls into the “so bad its good” category at times but there’s a lot to like about it.
Our main character Rico(Van Dien) is not…
A hilariously cheesy, delightfully poorly acted and cleverly constructed dark-humored orwellian satire on militarism?
Satire so thick you could stand a spoon in it.
You either love this movie because of its smart satire and subversion of hooray-patriotic propaganda movie tropes, its big action scenes and over the top violence or you hate it because you think it’s a disgusting piece of trash. I personally think it’s Verhoeven’s 2nd best Hollywood movie.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…