Starship Troopers

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From the bridge of the Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga, with its sweeping galactic views, to the desolate terrain of planet Klendathu, teeming with shrieking, fire-spitting, brain-sucking special effects creatures, acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven crafts a dazzling epic based on Robert A. Heinlein’s classic sci-fi adventure. Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, and Michael Ironside star as the courageous soldiers w… More >>

Starship Troopers

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  1. I’m serious…was this movie supposed to be a dramatic war movie or a knee-slapping comedy? There certainly were a lot of parts that made me laugh, but my laughter was brought on by the characters’ acting, or lack thereof. The acting was so blatantly terrible at so many parts that I feel the director couldn’t possibly have intended this movie for any other than the ROARING COMEDY section of your local Blockbuster.

    The military represented in this film also left me with mixed feelings. While I fully support their promotion system (Doogie Howser-turned-psychic makes colonel in like six months, while the main star Rico goes from boot private to platoon sergeant to commanding officer in two battles), I question their battlefield tactics. Why is it that battalions of mobile infantry stand drop-jawed and staring at waves of charging bugs, while only the first few troops in front think it’s a good idea to open fire?

    Always a fan of gratuitious violence, I couldn’t help but give this one more than the single star rating that it’s acting obviously warranted.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. Ok, I didn’t expect this to be a terrific movie but I though that it would be at least a fun Sci Fi film. It wasn’t. Anyone who calls this movie smart or interesting realy needs to have their head examined.

    Starship Troopers is maybe the worst Sci Fi film in existence. Despite the directors efforts to try to make a meaningful film out of it, it ends up looking like something a couple of 10 year olds wrote.

    To begin with the entire cast looks like the have an IQ of 15 combined. Every one of them is a simple good looking teen anger who looks like they were rejected from a beach movie.

    The film’s story is even worse. One thing about it is that it tries to capture the feel of an actual war. Unfortunatly it never gets close to accomplishing this and most of the movie simply {shoot bugs, dialogue, shoot bugs, dialogue, shoot bugs, ect…}. The basic plot is simple; a meteor has been launched from the bug’s home planet and killed many people on Earth. The army then decides to exterminate the bugs even though scientists are now claiming that the bugs may have attacked the humans as self-defense becuase humans were invading their space. One odd thing is that in most films the idea of men slaughtering another species would be viewed in a bad light. Not here. The entire movie is incredibly militaristic and about the honor that comes with surving.

    The films fairly lame story isn’t the least bit helped by it’s aful dialogue and stupid scenes. One good example is the scene when a school friend of the hero wants to join the army. Becuase she is a woman the Chief Officer says she dooesn’t have what it takes and then gets into a fight with her. After winning he decides to let her in becuase she has proven herself. Maybe this scene would be considered cool by a marine but I find it just to be simply moronic.

    One would hope that the films one saving grace would be it’s action sequences where humans battle the giant bugs. Unfortunatly while the special effects are well done, the scenes realy aren’t terribly exciting.

    Yet another off note is the way much of the film is presented. Alot of info about the war is shown through cyber-news reels that an unknown character is watching. After every bit of news the computer asks “Do you want to know more” and the view clicks yes and more this badly done excuse for a story is played. It’s ironic becuase while the view clicks “yes I want to know more” the audience is thinking “No! Make the movie stop!”

    Toward the end of the film the story gets so bad it’s almost funny. The humans discover that the reason the bugs are winning is becuase there is a brain bug(yes that’s its actual name) which is telling them how to fight. The brain bug gets smart by sucking the brains out of humans and eating them. It sounds like somthing out of a horror film from the 50s.

    Starship Troopers manages to do everything wrong and is a shining example of how NOT to do a movie.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. This film is virtualy unwatchable… on par with Showgirls. To stupid for adults… and beyond too violent for children. A lot like RoboCop.

    Hmmm… Showgirls… RoboCop…same director too.

    Stear clear
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. Johnny Rico is a kid who wants to join the Army to become a citizen. Klendathu a giant bugs home planet are responsible for a medatior hitting Earth and distroy Rico’s home town were his family got killed. So the soilders piloted on to Klendathu to fight the bugs but surprisly the bugs were tougher then they thought cause they had a brain bug that knows all about the human’s so now they have to capture the brain bug to learn how to defeat the bugs.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Paul Verhoeven, in creating this movie, basically took the most superficial aspects of Heinlein’s creation, completely ignored the entire philosophical basis, and created a movie that is in direct opposition to everything Heinlein had to say when he wrote the book that Verhoeven stole the title from.

    Starship Troopers, as a mindless action film, works just fine. It is NOT, however, an adaptation of Heinlein’s novel. If anything, one could say that it steals the title and superficial circumstances of the novel in order to attack, with the same glowing concern for truth as Michael Moore, the philosophical basis of the novel.

    Verhoeven obviously does not comprehend anything Heinlein was trying to say when he wrote Starship Troopers, and instead substitutes his own prejudices for Heinlein’s philosophy, thus producing an abominable savaging of the novel it steals its title from.

    Unless you’re looking for something that has no more moral authority than a Grand Theft Auto game, don’t bother with this movie.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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