By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Two Beers) –
It is the future, and Earth is united under a single Federation. In the Federation, only those who have served two years in the military are allowed to call themselves citizens and vote. War is on the horizon, as the Federation’s colonization of space encroaches on the home-world of a planetary system run by giant bug-aliens. Meanwhile on Earth, Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) defies his parents to sign up with the Mobile Infantry, and his girlfriend Carmen (Denise Richards) joins the star-fleet as a pilot. Starship Troopers tells their stories as they fight the war against the bugs, and learn what it takes to be a citizen.
The cost can be quite high…
Director Paul Verhoeven completes a sort of unofficial trilogy with this film, ending a streak which began with Robocop, and continued with Total Recall. Each of these are effective purely on the surface-level as Action/Science Fiction, but are given an added depth by incorporating clever elements of social and political satire. In the case of Starship Troopers, Verhoeven is targeting Militarism. The story is interspersed with segments lampooning propaganda news films from WWII, particularly (but not limited to) films produced by Fascist regimes.
See the World, or what’s left of it…
This isn’t to distract from the story, which is crafted to perfection following the traditional formula of the “reluctant hero”. Some have criticized the lack of character depth and cookie-cutter stereotypes in the screenplay. These critics miss the point altogether, as the simplistic elements are clearly intended as such, to better approximate the source material it satirizes. The dialogue and performances are way over the top and stylized very much in the vein of the “John Wayne” War picture.
As much as I understand the choice of casting Denise Richards, for her classic good looks and Germanic perfection (in keeping with the Fascism angle of the story), she also is a simply horrific actress. In most of the scenes in which she appears she is wearing the same shit-eating grin, and attempting not at all to appear convincing.
I can count to potato!
Starship Troopers might be one of the smartest “dumb” movies ever made.
Take a Drink: whenever the propaganda video asks “Do you want to know more?”
Take a Drink: each time someone is covered in bug goo
Take a Drink: for blatant fascist imagery
Do a Shot: for Jake Busey’s freaky teeth