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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…
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.
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?
The Troopers go to war off the back of reports that a devastating attack is, and will continue to wipe out their way of life. The aliens breed in unspeakable numbers, speak an unintelligible language and live in dusty, uninhabitable places, caves even. The foul beasts that pose such a terrible threat are only interested in one thing; the destruction of mankind. Obliterating them and their home is the only way to survive. Fervent patriotism is sparked by information showing the enemies power. Thank God this is only a film. No Government would ever be so naive to do such a thing in real life.
Verhoeven meshes together trashy 50's sci-fi sensibilities with scathing satire on America's modern day political…
I’ve been avoiding Starship Trooper for years, for no rational reason. Looking back, I think it’s probably because of the previous year’s blockbuster, Independence Day. I’ve never been a big fan of the blockbuster alien blasting action adventure genre, and the endless clips, trailers, and media hype for Independence Day kind of turned me off ( still haven’t watched it ). When Starship Troopers came around, I kind of dismissed it without further investigation.
I’ve always been a hard sci-fi fan, and 5 or 6 years ago a friend lent me Heinlein’s The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. I fell in love with that novel, and Heinlein’s particular form of political and sociological commentary. After reading his seminal Stranger In…
Highly underrated sci-fi adventure, that delivers some of the coolest, most exciting battle sequences ever made for the big screen. Just the fact that I've seen it about ten times by now should speak for how much I love it.
What makes it so special and outstanding is that, unlike most other films within the genre, it actually has some genuine intelligence to it. Okay, so it's not Oscar material script-wise, but it's got such an incredibly cool and exhilarating story, while cleverly satiring political propaganda films (like those produced by the Nazis during WWII). So don't mistake this for just another dumb action movie, because although it may look like one on the surface, this film has lot to…
The fascism & 9/11 parallels are amazing, but there's a sort of loose sloppiness to the structure that favors the whole argument rather than individual moments, and the leads are all so bland and unmemorable - I assume it's intentional (again, the whole argument), but it also prevents me from identifying as much as I'd like to.
The propaganda scenes and the first battle on the bug planet are some of Verhoeven's greatest achievements.
It's Saturday night, you've got two hours to kill before the start of a new Premier League season and a couple bottles of vodka to drink, you've seen Total Recall recently, there's only one thing for it, Starship Troopers! Possibly Verhoeven's best Hollywood creation; violent, silly, intelligent, eminently quotable for a variety of reasons, hammy, brilliant, and recently ripped off lock, stock and barrel by Tom Cruise. It's everything you could want in a science fiction actioner and more. Plus for some reason Denise Richards was allowed to appear and provide a dreadful performance in a sea of mediocre acting. Pure cinematic magic.
[English/ Spanish review]
When I watched Starship Troopers for the first time I thought it was a pretty good movie. Seventeen years later I admit I was wrong, it's way better.
Cuando vi Starship Troopers por primera vez pensé que era una película bastante buena. Diecisiete años después reconozco que estaba equivocado, es mucho mejor.
I watched this with Rifftrax and feel very conflicted. One of the one hand this movie is very silly and filled with people who look good, but have zero acting talent; on the other hand that was precisely the point. The film can also be very smart and insightful, the satire biting and thought provoking; on the other hand it can be profoundly dumb and nonsensical. I'll just have to settle for this being a great film that's easy to make fun of.
One of the best satire films ever created and an excellent science fiction movie. It's over the top presentation will have you desiring bug genocide and the ability to know more within the first 10 minutes.
Why do I enjoy this movie?. why do I like this movie and everybody hated it?. because this movie was action pack stupid fun.
Typical guilty pleasure: Paul Verhoeven at his best with this hard, violent sci-fi B-movie. #DoYouWantToKnowMore?
"Hey who's that Gary Busey-looking dude?
I saw this once when I was about 7 with my dad but I don't really remember much of it now so expect this review to be written as though it was somebody who watched it for the first time.
This was definitely one of the most fun movies I've ever seen. It really has a nice way of changing the tones throughout the movie. At some points it was a serious no-holds-barred action movie, yet I laughed so many points throughout the movie with those little video segments that looked like somebody browsing a propaganda website. The CGI wasn't bad for 97' and I don't like CGI. Practical Effects were very well done. The Brain Bug looked awesome. Sick Sci-FI movie.
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