Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers (1997)

Starship Troopers
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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
MPAA Rating:R
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
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Plot Keywords:moon, total destruction, asteroid, space marine, liberation of prisoners, intelligence, buenos aires, space battle, dystopia, army, spaceship, soldier, drill instructor
  • Best satire since Dr. Strangelove
    July 23, 2003
    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.