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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…
"Starship Troopers" is a bloody, incredibly violent action film that's also very funny and a pretty smart satire. When you hear that this movie is violent, you have no idea. People get burned alive and melted by acid, shot in the head, decapitated, dismembered, stabbed, disemboweled and all sorts of other horrible bug related deaths. It actually feels like a real war between man and alien bugs and boy does it get messy. Watching the movie, you see how horrible war can get and it gets pretty frightening. You see that if some of the characters you've grown to like die, it isn't going to be a peaceful death set to some violin music, they're going to get torn apart…
"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…
A great science fiction action movie, full of exactly what one wants from a film like this. If you're into this genre, you're gonna love this film.
While usually I wouldn't be all that into a war movie, even a sci-fi war movie, this is a light, fun, and casual flick that I found really likable. Even though it manages to slip in some interesting commentary on nationalism and the adrenaline of war, for the most part it's fluffy as can be. Heads and limbs get torn off by bugs left and right and the camera barely stops to notice, let alone care. Maybe the violence is gratuitous, but the fact that there was so little blood involved made it feel less realistic and more like a silly video game. (Of course, I have been playing Earth Defense Force recently, so that came to mind more than…
Part 90s action film, part sci-fi Nazi allegory, part coming of age romance, Starship Troopers is a strangely effective amalgamation of many different themes and messages that nevertheless manages to both captivate and entertain. Though the performances and special effects range from terrible to excellent, it's still got enough charm and strength in delivery that its weaker moments of pacing and storytelling do not detract too harshly from the overall product. Whether you love or hate the film, it's difficult to argue why it became a cult classic. It's a great sci-fi action film that just happens to have some relatively unique aesthetics and subtle political themes.
Film #11 in the '90s Sci-Fi Marathon!
Welcome back to the '90s Sci-Fi Marathon, where today we'll be taking a look at Starship Troopers.
In this film, a high school student signs up for the intergalactic army to become a citizen and stop the evil alien bug menace that threatens to destroy mankind.
This is dumb popcorn sci-fi action fare at its campiest, with lots of gore, boobs, and macho patriotism. I kinda dig it. Director Paul Verhoeven knows how to make a good sci-fi action flick, whether it be RoboCop or Total Recall, and even though this film may not be anywhere near as good as those two films, it was still very enjoyable.
I'm going to give it 3 1/2 stars!
Now let's see what some of my followers have to say about Starship Troopers:
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Robert A. Heinlein Buch wurde genial von Paul Verhoeven zu einem Science-Fiction Schlachtfest verwandelt. Zwar verändert der Film vieles gegenüber dem Buch aber grundlegend folgt er den Pfaden des Soldaten Johnny Rico und seinen Freunden. Die Schlachten mit hunderten von Statisten (und heute immer noch gutaussehendem CGI Bugs) gepaart mit den grandiosen satirieschen Einspielern machen diesen Film zum intelligenten Actionkino.
This has been the first time I saw this film in years. I last saw this film when I was 13. After writing the first review, I figured it's about time I saw it again. Every time I see this film is like a fresh, new experience (this one included). It's a very fascinating piece of Sci-Fi. It has a very interesting futuristic setting. I was extremely fascinated by it initially, and I still am now.
This is definitely a film that has aged very well with time, and I think this viewing solidifies it.
It's not just a great satire of war and the genre of war films. But it's also does a great job of satirizing jingoism, the…
Camp version of a
Science-fiction classic. It
Pales next to the book.
So fun. And so much slime.
It may be minor Verhoeven but it's still a treat. Nobody can do this stuff like him.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…