Starship Troopers Reviews
At the time the cast were unknown and that made it feel alot more realistic and not just a comic book conversion, they also fit their parts well and although alittle hammy they do a good job, right up till they each get splattered by a bug haha
The look is great and quite savage, the warfare is brutal and actually abit tense, the gore is topps and classic Verhoeven (just like Robocop).
A full bug riot all the way with almost non stop gun totting action and blood.
All this whining about "excessive gore" in a war movie against massive mutant insects makes me laugh. What's wrong with gore when it's all in the right context?
As an action film, it's watchable and the gore is fantastic, but by the last half hour everything starts to get so fucking repetitive that the novelty and the charm fade away and you're left with little more than the same ol' bug eviscerations. I think they just ran out of ideas before the final confrontation but felt compelled to stretch the movie out anyway. Whatever. There's tits!!!
Director Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls, Total Recall) reunited many from his 1987 Robocop team for this $100-million science fiction adventure, adapted from Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 novel, originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (October-November, 1959). After graduation, Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) volunteers for the Mobile Infantry to do his Federal service -- but also to win over his girlfriend, Carmen Ibanez (Denise Richards), who has signed with the Fleet Academy to become a starship pilot. Johnny joins other boot-camp recruits -- Dizzy Flores (Dina Meyer), who has had a crush on Johnny since school, and Ace Levy (Jake Busey). Ace and Johnny become pals, and Johnny's abilities earn him the squad leader position. A training accident occurs on Johnny's watch, and he is about to resign when Earth is attacked by alien insects intent on eradicating all human life. Johnny's home, Buenos Aires, is no longer on the map. Horrified, he chooses to stay on and fight to destroy the insect threat. The Mobile Infantry travels to the planet Klendathu to battle the warrior bugs, a ruthless enemy with only one goal -- survival of their species no matter what. In the initial encounter, some 100,000 lives are lost. At a distant fort, Johnny's unit discovers that the bugs drain brains to acquire knowledge. Soon they are overwhelmed by an advancing arthropod army of immense proportions, attacking both in space and on the planet surface. The notion of human extinction becomes a possibility. For this $100-million production, some 300 artists and technicians combined models and miniatures with CGI effects to fashion a variety of creatures -- from breeder bugs to armored tanker bugs. The film employed hundreds of extras and has over 500 visual effects shots. Filming began 4/29/96 in California (LA and Long Beach, where Cal State's pyramid gym was used for the Jumpball game), New York, South Dakota, Wyoming (Casper, Hell's Half Acre), and Utah (an abandoned Wendover airstrip where the Enola Gay WWII bomber crew trained). At an abandoned airfield in Fountain Valley, California, an elaborate set was constructed to resemble a military boot camp of the future -- complete with an array of pup tents, gull-winged spaceships, hurdle obstacle course, and training facility buildings. Cinematography by Jost Vacano (Showgirls).
To be brutally honest, "Starship Troopers" is a ludicrous movie. The dialogue is cheesy, the plot is weak, and the acting is non-existent. That said, I loved this movie. Most action movies made today are merely showcases for special effects. "ST" is no different; it just succeeds much better in the effects department. The computer-generated critters in this movie were incredible, and the vileness of them made them that much more menacing. The action sequences are stunning, albeit gruesome, so long as you can stomach severed heads, skewered bodies, and flying limbs. "ST" is not a movie for everyone. In fact, unless you're an adolescent boy or a twenty-something guy nostalgic for this type of movie, you won't get much out of this movie. "ST" requires that you ask no questions (such as why send troopers when ships and nukes work much better; how can bugs shoot enough energy out of their hindquarters to blow up a ship; etc) and simply immerse yourself in the action. I was able to numb my analytical nature for a while, and I enjoyed it. If you trust yourself to do the same, then give "ST" a go.
Soldier: Just tryin' to kill some bugs sir!
Some people may see this movie and not recognize the genius behind it. It is a sci-fi war movie that is able to blend the harsh realities of war with some social commentary using a cast of actors right out of a teen soap opera, and its all done on purpose.
Ace Levy: Shoot a nuke down a bug hole, you got a lot of dead bugs.
Casper Van Dien is Johnny Rico, a young man who has just enlisted in the army, in this future version of earth. Problems arise when a bug planet declares war against earth, and humans and bugs go toe to toe on their own planet. Plenty of chaos ensues.
Jean Rasczak: Come on you apes! You want to live forever?
The brilliance of much of the dialog and action scenes, which go between very well done and enjoyably corny, are another big factor in how terribly entertaining this movie is.
Jean Rasczak: I need a corporal. You're it, until you're dead or I find someone better.
I love watching this movie. It is one that I can watch over and over because it is bad and good at the same time. One of the movies that disguises itself as a guilty pleasure film, but its not, its well done and made by one of the current exploitation masters, Paul Verhoeven, who knows how to inject gratuitous violence and nudity into quality features, along with his own sense of humor involving the subtext revolving around society, which is of course buried beneath a sea of macho bravado.
Johnny Rico: I hear you got a bug problem ma'am?
Corporal Birdie: Ah, stuff it, Rico!
Newsreel announcer: Everyone is doing their part. Are you?
[cut to children stomping on cockroaches, while a mother laughs manically]