In a futuristic world, humans band together to fight a war
against giant alien bugs in order to ensure Earth's survival.
Starship Troopers (1997)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Written by Edward Neumeier
Starring Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Jake Busey,
Dina Meyer, Neil Patrick Harris, Clancy Brown,
Patrick Muldoon, Michael Ironside, Seth Gillam
Based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein
Oscar Nominations - Best Visual Effects
Starship Troopers is one of the best sci-fi flicks of the 1990's and one of the most effective political satires in recent years. While the acting may be sub-par overall, the film itself is very exciting and has definitely achieved cult status.
The film is randomly peppered with advertisements for the futuristic military, which is where most of the satire comes from. These ads are brilliant, as they actually make you think. I was also really impressed with Michael Ironside's performance, as he took a character and dialogue that was really only half-fleshed out and made it his own. His speech about his "One Rule" is one of the film's highlights.
With every viewing, I find something else to like about Starship Troopers. It's a fun, mindless, action thrill ride sprinkled with bits of satire. What's not to love about that?
This is still one of my more favorite sic-fi flicks from any decade. It's exciting, action packed, full of memorable dialogue, and an effective satire. Starship Troopers is a film that I never get tired of.
One specific example of parody that the film uses is the advertisements shown throughout. They are hilarious every time and absolutely brilliant. While most of the actors weren't exactly the greatest in their parts, they still managed to make their characters come to life by the charm and charisma. It was also really awesome to see some great actors like Clancy Brown and Michael Ironside make appearances.
Starship Troopers is a great, fun movie that never gets old. It features huge bugs, violence, and humor. This movie has pretty much everything. I love it.