Published on July 21st, 2012 | by Chris0
Starship Troopers (1997)
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OK, so 1997's Starship Troopers is but a pale, dumbed-down, action-laden imitation of Robert A. Heinlein's great treatise on our military industrial complex, among many, many other things. But you know what? I still like it. Here's why.
Where Heinlein's story follows very, very closely inside the head of Johnny Rico, Paul Verhoeven's adaptation steps outside of that and into the broader world, into the war between us and the bugs of Klendathu....
In fact, I'd go one step further and say that Verhoeven's Troopers is a rather blatant send-up of what we'd call "classic" World War II movies, with a healthy dose of propagandistic techniques, purposefully over the top gratuitous violence, and just enough war-movie stereotypes to make us all roll our eyes.
And if you look at it that way, it really is pretty awesome. Take Heinlein's original premises, and put them in this context, and how can you not like it. Whether its the typical "all-argentinian" boy Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien), his smart and attractive girlfriend Carmen (Denise Richards), the tomboy alternate romantic interest "Diz" (Dina Meyer) the "competition" Zander (Patrick Muldoon) or the hard-ass veteran-slash-school teacher-slash-soldier again Rasczak (Michael Ironsides)... there is just so much satire of the war movie-love story we all grew up on.... And hey, NPH is in it, so there's always that, if nothing else.
Funny, too, watching this now, vs. when it was first released, is how it almost predicted the response to 9/11. Seriously. Go back and watch this, and see what I'm talking about. I never realized it before (not like I watch this a lot), but I guess I'd never seen it before.
Yes, it does briefly (very briefly) touch on the themes in Heinlein's book, such as patriotism, fascism, militarism, duty, etc. etc. Even going so far as to bring an almost SS-and-Wermacht-like look-and-feel to the military's uniforms.... Unfortunately it really doesn't bite enough of this off to make you think, and unless you've read the book before (I did a long, long time ago) you won't think of these things. Coupled with the aforementioned satirical elements and the obvious action/effects angle, its not something you might see at first....
I'm sure this will be received with jeers of "Are you nuts!? That movie sucked!" which I will simply answer with, "yeah, but in a good way." Not good enough to get past a 7/10, but still pretty good. Oh, and definitely not for the younger set. Trust me on that one.
Maybe someday someone will make a good and proper film adaptation. Maybe.
Starship Troopers (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray]
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In the first and finest RoboCop movie, director Paul Verhoeven combined near-future science fiction with a keen sense of social satire--not to mention enough high-velocity violence to satisfy even the most voracious bloodlust...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Original Release Date:
- Casper Van Dien
- Dina Meyer
- Denise Richards
- Jake Busey
- Neil Patrick Harris
- Condition: New
- Format: Blu-ray
- AC-3; Dolby; Dubbed; Full Screen; Subtitled; Widescreen
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Starship Troopers (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This movie was not true to the Heinlein story, either in detail or spirit, but it was an entertaining film if you just regard it as miscellaneous sci-fi.
There is plenty of action, and lots of combat. There are some impressive topless scenes for the guys, and even some comedy from time to time. The "bugs" are truly scary, just what you need in a sci-fi monster flick.
But if you're a fan of the book, forget all that. It isn't in there.
The blu ray presentation is top notch.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If you own a Sony BluRay Player, Please Read-,
This review is from: Starship Troopers (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)There are countless complaints that this film does not work on many Sony BD players. After alot of searching on the net, here is what I've found:
this movie has an authoring problem with the BD-Live function on the disc. It tries to access BD-Live, but there is a glitch in that the player mistakes the amount of memory of the player, and gets stuck in a loop. The disc status bar appears, fills up, and the screen goes black, and nothing happens.
The workaround: Connect a blank 1+GB flash memory stick in the unit's REAR USB port. Press play. The movie will work. I had this problem, I tried this solution. It works.
I do find it kindof aggravating that Sony hasn't done a better job (or ANY job) addressing this issue. This is probably due to the lack of popularity of the title. Starship Troopers remains something of a niche cult title, so maybe they didn't think it was important that many people have returned it. It's sad how big companies can have... Read more
Bugs, Guts, and Glory!!,
This review is from: Starship Troopers (Special Edition) (DVD)
The Good Things
*Great special effects and lots of bloody action.
*Fun cast of characters, even if they are a little adolescent. Strong focus on relationships.
*Lots of funny but bleak satire (in true Paul Verhoven style!). Similar to "RoboCop".
*Fascinating view of future society.
The Bad Things
*Very gross; not for the squeamish.
*Themes are a little ambiguous.
*Altogether, a little corny and adolescent.
This film definately entertains with its cool spaceships, alien bugs, and graphic war scenes. With a cast of characters who seem childish, and with the director's bizzare style, the film seems very odd, extreme, and phony in a lot of places. I'm also not sure what the film's message is supposed to be. But whatever the case, it is enjoyable.
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