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.
On the surface this is a shallow combination of Beverly Hills 90210, Star Trek and Aliens, an outrageous and uneasy mix of juvenile soap opera, simplistic sci-fi, and jaw-droppingly awesome CGI violence. Would you like to know more?
If you look a little deeper though, at the propaganda public service announcements, the uniforms, the symbols, the parades, the soldier cannon fodder -well it's not exactly a subtle satire on fascism, both of Nazi Germany and the creepy Big Brother & sheep mentality of today. Would you like to know more?
I love both aspects of the film, the absurd surface shallowness, and the underlying satire. Other might interpret it as a celebration of a fascistic military mindset, but I don't mind…
From my first viewing of Starship Troopers I barely ever enjoyed it. But I've grown to admire Paul Verhoeven more over the years and when I come back to it this time around I realize that there's a lot that I've been missing out on this time around. I guess as an introduction to Verhoeven it really seemed like a pretty bad way to kick things off, as I grew to admire his work after having come across gems like The Fourth Man (which remains my favourite of his films).
I remember reading the novel and not liking it very much, so I've turned down any opportunity I got afterwards to return to the film despite my admiration for Verhoeven's…
Yoooooooo this film is perfect. Action, gore, comedy, thrills, titties, space ships, one liners, witty satire, and nasty monsters! It's a classic and if you don't love it, you suck at life and I don't like you.
This is a great space movie. It makes me hate bugs even more.
Starship Troopers is one of those films that feels totally different each time I watch it, much like Clerks. It seems the older I get, the more I appreciate it. For a film that is so excellently disguised as a dumb scifi action flick, this is remarkable. When I was in middle school, I saw this for the first time, and I thought, "aliens are cool. Space marines are cool. This is a little too long though, and there aren't enough aliens."
Then in high school, I read the novel. The novel is very different in tone and in the universe and technology (the troopers here are basically just wearing kevlar, while in the novel they're in power armor the…
It's not up with Verhoeven's earlier sci-fi action ventures but it's an enjoyable romp, with some impressive special effects used to make the bugs.
This is one of those movies that people always said "aww, you've never seen Starship Troopers?!". So I finally decided to sit down and watch it. Surprisingly, I had few expectations, and knew little about it. I am still having a hard time deciding whether I think it is brilliant or falls just short of its ambitious goal.
Basically, Starship Troopers is a propaganda film with its tongue firmly in its cheek. It satirizes a not-so-democratic, militaristic and jingoistic society that, as I understand, its source material promotes without the irony. It is different than many satires though, because while there are plenty of nods, winks, and outright slaps in the face saying "this is satire", the narrative thrust of…
Seen as an action/sci-fi film, it was okay; too-much drama and outdated CGI. (among other things)
Seen as a satire, it was good.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…