Starship Troopers (1997)

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Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.


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8 October 2002 | sergey_smirnow
Swiftian satire at its finest
Let me start off with saying that I hate Heinlein. No, don't get me wrong, he's one of the best serious sci-fi writers of the 20-th century, along with Asimov, Stanislav Lem and Yefremov. But it is social and political aspect of his works that I just can't accept. It goes like some strange blend of Italian fascism, overwhelming racism and purely Kiplingian he-man romance. And Paul Verhauven does great job satirizing precisely this aspect of Heinlein's writing in his "Starship troopers".

Now, merely good satire is basically source material concept developed into absurd via its internal logic and laughed at. Truly great satire reconstructs the utopian world of writer's dream... just emphasizing some over-the-tops and inconsistencies. And it brings this world to rubbish to laugh at. It is always subtle and razor-sharp. That is why people often don't get it and despise "Starship Troopers" as a no-brainer actioner. It is far from that.

Enter the squeaky-clean fascist utopia. Everyone is mild-mannered and clean shaven, well-educated and white (living in Buenos-Aires, mind you). Big clean biology class, where all students must cut live bugs in halves to know what's inside (and for most part they like it). Your unfortunate exam results are readily available on the large screen for everybody to see, as well as your name in KIA list later. And don't forget to enlist - otherwise you can't vote and impress your girl. Kill big dangerous bugs - as an infantry trooper and with rifle fire only. Want to learn more - get a citizenship? Do you still want to live in such a society?

One of the best moments for me is when friends show our hero his KIA card through the regeneration-camera glass. They are all very happy indeed... and don't see anything wrong with it. While I'm getting shivers down my spine. It's really scary, they don't understand what IS wrong with it! And the downbeat ending, even if it doesn't look this way... joyful fascism goes strong! No bugs could defeat it! (and, you know, now you may enlist at an earlier age. Want to learn more?)

Summary: very good movie combining awesome CGI with profound satirical insight into technocratic fascist utopia.

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Trivia

In a 2016 interview, Casper Van Dien revealed in an interview about a funny incident when he was picking up his two daughters from school, "I went by the line at school to pick up my kids. You know, you drive up to the school and when I get there and there are these six 10 and 8 year old boys hanging out with my daughters. I pull up in the line and the boys go 'Johnny Rico! Why didn't you tell us your dad was Johnny Rico?' And I said 'What are you boys doing watching STARSHIP TROOPERS?' And they said, 'Our dads made us watch it with them!' Then my daughters get in the car and my 10 year old says 'Dad, were you really naked in STARSHIP TROOPERS?' And I said 'Yeah,' and she said 'How could you do that to me?!' Then my 8 year old says 'Wait, like naked naked?' And I said "Yup," and she said 'Oh my God, my life is ruined!' That was the longest three minute ride home I have had in my life."


Quotes

Newsreel announcer: Young people from all over the globe are joining up to fight for the future.
Soldier #1: I'm doing my part.
Soldier #2: I'm doing my part.
Soldier #3: I'm doing my part.
Young kid dressed up as a soldier: I'm doing my part too.
Newsreel announcer: They're doing their part. Are you? Join the Mobile Infantry and save the world. Service ...


Goofs

We are told that the bugs' home solar system has an asteroid belt from which they can launch giant rocks at earth. But cost, energy and time to launch an asteroid from another solar system to earth would be gigantic. Our own solar system has an enormous asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Why wouldn't the bugs simply use our own asteroid belt against us?


Alternate Versions

The Australian Cable, VHS, DVD, and theatrical releases are uncut. The free-to-air TV version makes a few cuts in order to receive an 'M' rating so that the movie may be shown at an earlier 8:30pm time-slot. Nudity and language are intact, and the following scenes are cut for violence:

  • The decapitation/trench run at the beginning is cut by a few seconds. In the middle of the movie where the scene is replayed, it is still cut. The death of the cameraman is not shown and cuts to Rico shooting the bug still.
  • The 'knife' scene is cut. The knife is thrown, but it is not actually shown going into the hand, let alone Zim calling out Medic! when he pulls the knife out.
  • Shujumi's death is cut, the Bug doesn't carry him around before chucking him away.
  • One of the announcement breaks are cut, The one when the reports of Mormons settle on a military base, with the corpses being shown.
  • When the Radio Technician is picked up by a Flying Bug, the initial stinging of him is cut.
  • When Rasczak has his legs bitten off, the shot of Rico fully plays out over the gunshot wound to Rasczak, instead of cutting to the shot.
  • The three victims of the Tanker Bug are cut.
  • The showing of Farley with his brains gone is cut.
  • Numerous cuts occur on the attack on the military base.
  • Dizzy's death is cut, the initial 2 stabs are in, the next 2 stabs are cut and the pulling out of the claw is cut too, just Rico and Levy carry her back to the lifeboat.
  • A shot of Carmen wincing in pain after she gets stabbed by a Bug is cut
  • The scene where the brain bug sucks Zander's brains out is cut; it cuts away to a shot of Carmenafter the head is pierced.


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Pier Thirteen
Written by Jake Cavaliere & Johnny De Villa
Performed by The Bomboras
Courtesy of Dionysus Records

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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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