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Sunday, 10 August 2014

STARSHIP TROOPERS [1997]

Director Paul Verhoeven takes Robert A. Heinlein's sickly propaganda pulp novel Starship Troopers and turns it into a satirical sci-fi slap across the face to war, fascism and the U.S.'s fear of the unknown.
As a war film it's ruthlessly violent, loud and deceivingly appears to glamorize violence, as a satire it's just as ruthless only on a completely different level of wit, humor and cunning.  Like Verhoeven's Robocop, the film works just as well as a cheeky satire as it does a SFX spectacle of explosions and death.  There's a few groan-worthy moments that don't do anything for the narrative or message but I suppose without it we wouldn't be engaged with these witless pro-militarized characters.

4 censored news reels out of 5

2 comments:

Dr Faustus said...

4 speedy promotions out of 5

Impudent Urinal said...

This, along with Shawshank Redemption, I can play entirely in my head. I can see one scene and the whole thing plays through in my mind instantly. If I need background noise, I might throw this on.
4 Clancy Brown always plays a great asshole out of 5