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".
|Release Date||:||November 6, 1997|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||TriStar Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Big Bug Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Paul Verhoeven, Haley McLane|
|Writers||:||Robert A. Heinlein, Edward Neumeier|
|Casts||:||Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside, Patrick Muldoon, Seth Gilliam, Rue McClanahan, Blake Lindsley, Steven Ford, Ungela Brockman, Bruce Gray, Denise Dowse, Amy Smart, Tami-Adrian George, Julianna McCarthy, Dale Dye, Dean Norris|
|Plot Keywords||:||moon, total destruction, asteroid, space marine, liberation of prisoners, intelligence, buenos aires, space battle, dystopia, army, spaceship, soldier, drill instructor|
Starship Troopers is a subtle and insidiously subversive movie that proved frighteningly prescient in the wake of post-9/11 uberpatriotism. Both Heinlein's book and Verhoeven's film are valid and interesting political statements at opposite ends of the spectrum. Heinlein's novel was criticized as fascist at the time of its publication, and for all his obvious talent as a writer I'm inclined to agree. The movie is as much a sendup of the original novel as it is a satire of jingoist American politics. It really is a shame that despite the squeaky-clean heroes plucked straight from the soaps, the Mormon extremists, the multiple-amputee mobile infantry retirees and the propaganda shorts masquerading as news, the vast majority still seems to regard Starship Troopers as a stupid action movie and, for some reason, absolutely refuse to consider that it might be something more.