Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers ★★★★

Even moreso than Robocop, a subversive cautionary tale against fascism hiding in plain sight.

But even if you understand nothing and come in at face value, there's too much craziness and fun and Denise Richards not to have a hell of a time.

Pretty boy Casper Van Dien, Jake Busey, Seth Gilliam (The Wire), and Neil Patrick Harris are all a blast to watch, as are Michael Ironside and Clancy Brown.

The skit-like video intermissions and the generally B-movie-but-legit camerawork make this both whimsical and gritty without feeling tonally imbalanced. Shots are also used to enhance visual humor while balancing relational space well in battle scenes.

Alien meets Jurassic Park, run through a darkly comedic Triumph of the Will-style satiric filter.

The intentionally oblivious nature of the subtext and the somewhat empty and unsatisfying nature of the rushed plain narrative keep this from quite being an All Time Great, but it's undoubtedly a unique marvel of 90's cinema that delivers on multiple fronts.

Also, I don't think this is coincidence, anymore than this is.

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