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.
Look, I get that this is, uh, a self reflexive parody of authoritarian propaganda that tempts the audience to be allured by the appeal of violence, power, and elitist discrimination before revealing that it's been pulling the wool over their eyes the whole time (???). Maybe I'm alone in finding this more sad than funny, but by the umpteenth outrageously ugly, wincing alien gobblygook smackdown I found myself begging for just the slightest hint of empathy, the smallest indication that I should care about any of this. You'd think Verheoven being so forthright about letting us in on his joke would make this funny, but I mostly found this to be a bizarre, depressing fascist nightmare.
Subversive humor and sci-fi done right. A fast paced, action packed romp with a heaping portion of morbidity.
How does Verhoven direct a facist propaganda piece? He dresses it up as a Sci-Fi blockbuster. Apparently the script had little to do with the source material which was heavily fascist in its theory and themes.
But Verhoven does not rip out the fascist undertones, instead he embraces it and displays it front and center. The transformation of Neil Patrick Harris' character from a spritely young kid to an intense and gloomy SS-like officer is just one of many examples. The newsreels just reek of the WWII era and are purportedly direct shot-for-shot remakes of Triumph of the will.
What fascinated me this time watching it was the dialogue. It's campy as hell, and serves little beyond expository dialogue, but…
"They'll keep fighting...and they'll win!"
This movie has 18 year old CG that looks 1000 times better than Jurassic World.
Finally, insectoid monsters that feel like they were designed by people who actually looked at insects before they started! The arachnids (entirely misleading nomenclature aside) are quite neat and interesting designs, well done guys.
ST is charming and enigmatic. It has an oddly clean and slick vibe, not just in the environments but in the characters, the way they dress and look, and act. If it is a satire (and it I guess must be?), it is almost entirely unwinking. The violence and gore are intense but rarely seem to bother anyone; the action sequences are engaging but not weighty. The stream of meritocratic philosophy and fascist coding are only ever encouraged in the character arcs and the plot.
Wonderful book and movie
Paul Verhoven's Starship Troopers is an action/sci-fi masterpiece. There's no two ways about it. I watch this film every couple years and gleam some new information from it with each viewing.
The tale of a group of high school friends who all enlist in military service, giving up their cushy lives to fight an alien force on the other side of the galaxy. It's almost poetic in it's simplicity. Starship Troopers in the hands of any other director would have turned out generic and probably pretty awful. It's the political commentary, the news reel footage and clear satire of war film tropes that elevate this film to being a modern classic of the genres it delves into so adeptly.
I was talking about this movie last week and then checked on the last time I'd seen it, turns out we watched it whilst waiting for the first Arsenal match of the season a year ago and so a new start of season/film watching tradition has been born. First watch the almost completely perfect and ageless Starship Troopers, then watch Arsenal disappoint.
"This is for all you new people. I have only one rule. Everybody fights, no one quits. If you don't do your job, I'll kill you myself! Welcome to the Roughnecks!"
- More Gore
- Political incorrect
- So fucking much Gore
Love that one. Entertaining like throwing a nuke into a bughole !
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…