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…
Awesome set/creature design, partial/digital effects, fun leads, lots of satirical jabs, lots and lots of brutal murder (from giant Alien bugs and humans alike), basically everything you'd want in a movie like this.
My fourth time with Paul Verhoeven as a director (my last time with him didn't go so well ) and he's proven himself to be the master of horrifying violence and hilarious/smart ways of creating unique was to deconstruct our society.
Some of the effects (mostly in the set design) look like a hard R mid/late 90s Disney Channel movie and some of the acting isn't particularly special, but that's part of the charm, I guess.
Worth checking out if you haven't seen it already. That's about it really....
Also more movies should feature giant bugs shooting Star Bombs from their asses, tbh.
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?
Paul Verhoeven pretty much remakes his own Soldier of Orange only transporting the point of view from the Dutch resistance to the Nazis themselves.
Next to RoboCop, it's Verhoeven's English-language masterpiece.
Special effects are astonishing but the most unexpected elements is its tone.
La volví a ver porque yo la recordaba como una divertida película B pero es una genialidad. Está tan meticulosamente armada que parece que nada está ahí por casualidad, incluso el cast de veinteañeros haciendo de adolescentes se nota que está ahí como parte del juego de over the top.
Gran diseño de los insectos y los efectos especiales, veinte años después se ven mejor que algunas películas actuales.
Fun exercise: scroll through every negative review of this film on letterboxd and see what percentage of the criticism can be answered with "THAT'S THE JOKE".
(it's all of it)
the Brain Bug was afraid.
Clancy Brown: “The enemy cannot push a button, if you disable his hand”.
Are we meant to believe that bugs have nuclear weapons? Also, bugs don’t have hands? Come on, people. Sure, a new military principle claims halfway through that “to fight the bug, we must understand the bug”, but that’s not comforting coming from a world where Neil Patrick Harris as a telepathic scientist devotes all of his time and energy studying how to destroy an entire species.
This is hardly scratching the surface of this film, one of Verhoeven’s best. It’s Ender’s Game meets Captain America: The First Avenger, that is if Cap was the fascist. Paul Verhoeven has said it bluntly enough in past interviews: “War makes…
cheesy, but in a good way.
THE ONLY GOOD BUG IS A DEAD BUG! Would you like to know more?
The Jupiter Ascending Stigma™️ is a cinematic event whereas the audience desperately asks for innovative, or simply more creative and…