Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Paul Verhoeven
The reality of military life is a long way from the cosy world of high school. Whilst Carmen is far away, spending time with a handsome flight instructor, Rico's training is considerably more brutal.
The satire is laid on thick. Ultra-macho soldiers face the massive hordes of bugs with the gung-ho attitude of the thoroughly indoctrinated. The effects are gory, and although the swarming bugs are convincingly rendered they are also laughably over-the-top.
This movie is funny in an extremely blunt way. On one level it's satirising a certain reckless military attitude. But on another, it has lines like "They sucked his brains out!"
In between explosive space battles and bug blasting, there's a rivalry between the mobile infantry and the fleet pilots, interwoven with an unashamedly cheesy romantic sub-plot. Like everything else in this film, it's not subtle. The story is extreme, and that's one of the things that makes Starship Troopers so much fun. The dialogue is good, but don't expect anything intellectually demanding from this movie. It pokes fun at space opera as well as military propaganda with a violent and excessively silly plot that's splattery and action-packed.
If you like this, try:Starship Troopers 3: Marauder by Ed Neumeier
In the third Starship Troopers movie the war rages on and religion comes in the firing line.
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