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Starship Troopers (1997)

US 129m, Colour
Director: Paul Verhoeven; Cast: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside

Starship-TroopersStarship Troopers is a dark humoured military science fiction film about a young man who enlists in the military to be close to his high school sweetheart. Though events quickly disillusion him, Rico becomes an integral part of a war against intergalactic  Arachnids, a race of “bugs” from outer space. In addition to the terrific special effects and gruesome casualties, the film is also notable for its comedic “propaganda” segments, and satirical comments on fascism and a society that has become obsessed with its military (Klaus Ming June 2014).

3 comments on “Starship Troopers (1997)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    “satirical comments on fascism and a society that has become obsessed with its military” So, apparently they went in a somewhat different direction than the book? 🙂

    Ditto the fact that apparently all the major characters are white — another change from the book.

    • Klaus

      Sounds like I need to read the book!

      • Anthony Lee Collins

        In the 1960s, a lot of people (you know, hippie-types 🙂 ) were crazy about Heinlein, based on Stranger in a Strange Land, and then they quickly changed their minds when they read Starshiip Troopers. It is very didactic about the importance of a strong military. In the society portrayed, people who don’t serve are basically second-class citizens.

        On the other hand, some people reacted very positively to it, for very different reasons, as I talked about here: http://u-town.com/collins/?p=27.

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