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Starship Troopers (Bilingual)

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Starship Troopers

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. In Starship Troopers, Verhoeven and RoboCop cowriter Ed Neumeier take inspired cues from Robert Heinlein's classic sci-fi novel to create a special-effects extravaganza that functions on multiple levels of entertainment. The film might be called "Melrose Place in Space," with its youthful cast of handsome guys and gorgeous women who look like they've been recruited (and in some cases they were) from the cast of Beverly Hills 90210. Viewers might focus on the incredible, graphically intense action sequences (definitely not for children) in which heavily armed forces from Earth go to off-world battle against vast hordes of alien "bugs" bent on planetary conquest. The attacking bugs are marvels of state-of-the-art special-effects technology, and the space battles are nothing short of spectacular. But Starship Troopers is more than a showcase for high-tech hardware and gigantic, flesh-ripping insects. Recalling his childhood in Holland during the Nazi occupation, Verhoeven turns this epic adventure into a scathingly funny satire of fascist propaganda, emphasizing Heinlein's underlying warning against the hazards of military conformity and the sickening realities of war. It's an action-packed joy ride if that's all you're looking for, but Verhoeven has a provocative agenda that makes Starship Troopers as smart as it is exciting. The DVD includes an above-average commentary by the director and Neumeier, several deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes documentary and promotional featurette, cast bios, production notes, and more. --Jeff Shannon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andre Farant TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 15 2011
Format: DVD
Starship Troopers is a strong action movie, a near-classic sci-fi movie, and an absolutely hilarious critique of war movies and war propaganda.

On the surface, Starship Troopers appears to be an ultra-simplistic sci-fi war movie in which heavily-armed space soldiers battle giant monsters. Delve a little deeper, though, and notice that so many of the scenes in this movie are recreations of old WW2 and Viet-Nam era propaganda taken to the extreme. Just as war propaganda (on both sides, mind you) always seeks to dehumanze the enemy, depicting them as savages or barbarians or simply "godless," here, the enemy actually isn't human. It is the ultimate "other," a monster, an animal, a BUG.

The training scenes are riddled with the clichees of war movie training scenes. But the overuse of clichees are not, here, the signs of bad screewriting, but an attempt to hilight and ridicule these tropes while forcing us to admit that, really, we kind of enjoy them.

Anyway, if you haven't seen Starship Troopers or have but think it silly or stupid, watch it (again) and pick out all those scenes that make light of classic war movies and old (and not so old)-fashioned war propaganda.

It's a fun, bloody, thrilling, and hilariously clever film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gilles Ouimet on May 12 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I ordered, and initially couldn't get it to run. A loading bar came up and everything seemed to stop after that. In the back of my Blu Ray player is a USB port. Apparently this title needs addional memory to initiate the loading program (for whatever reason). I plugged in a USB stick I happen to have lying around, and all is fine

Apparently this is a problem with Sony titles and Blu Ray

Other devices such as PlayStation may already have this addtional memeory, so might be okay
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 22 2005
Format: UMD for PSP
In defense of our world, school kids from Argentina join the military upon graduation. Military service is required for full citizenship. During their term they learn their new environment and grow together or apart as they battle big bugs from outer space.

Yep it is another bug movie. And the bugs are big. Too bad for the people that read the book. There is no way to justify this movie to you.

However this is a great parity on military types with the grunts being boxy shaped faces and bodies to match, the elite having pointy accouterments. And the gung-ho getting their brains sucked out. This looks like a pilot for a TV series. Male associate soldiers from the book were replaced with female soldiers who improved the shower scenes.

If you just have to take the 'Fascist Utopia' thing seriously then watch a serious movie where there is still a Paul sucked into the same situation by his teacher and others in "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930).
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Format: DVD
Early on, in my formative years, I was introduced to horror films by my mom. Our local late-night horror-fest was Creature Features, hosted by the immortal Bob Wilkins. Through this forum, I was exposed to the great Universal horror films of the 30's, the silly Japanese rubber-suit monster movies, and my favorites, the atomic-age big bug films of the 1950's.
Fast-forward to winter, 1997. I'm sitting in a theater watching Starship Troopers, and it feels like I've stepped into a time machine. This is possibly the best of all the big bug movies, and it's not afraid to show its roots. Sometime in the future, Earth is under attack by huge bugs from another planet. We follow the lives of a few of Earth's best and brightest, as they join the army and head off in different directions. What really struck me about this film is that they actually took the time to develop a three-dimensional world for the characters to inhabit. That's what makes the difference to me. Yes, the young actors are mostly pretty eye candy, and their performances, while not Oscar-caliber, are light years beyond their forebears of the 50's. The world of their future is seemingly fascistic (service in the military guarantees citizenship and other perks, such as the right to vote and the right to have children. Hmm - a future in which people's active participation in their country allows them greater freedoms, provided they take personal responsibility for themselves and their future? I've heard worse notions...). We follow the idealistic youths through basic training, all the way to several epic battles on other worlds and we see their progress as soldiers and as humans along the way. It's this kind of attention to detail and character development that sets this film apart from many others.
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By T. Hooper on June 23 2004
Format: DVD
For a movie that represents itself as portraying the elite soldiers of the future, it turns out to be a monument to poor military strategy. Considering that the enemy is an army of tank-sized insects, it seems strange that the human military's primary weapon of choice is screaming co-eds with machine guns. In fighting the armored-plated beasts, there is no artillary or armored vehicles of any kind. If they even had a few present-day tanks, it would improve their chances a lot. In the movie, there's one brief scene of a bombing run by some ground-based fighters which turns out to be really useful, so it's surprising and even stuporific that they abandon the tactic. For the remaining battles of the movie, they revert to running and screaming.
Looking at the technology of the Starship Troopers world, they have interstellar travel, but their ships are just glorified space taxis. They never bombard the planet before the invasion, and when the insects retaliate, they don't fire back. They just explode. Great. Also, they have fully articulate robotic limbs in this movie, but it nevers occured to the generals of Starship Troopers to create some kind of robotic exterminator to clear out invasion spots before the humans land, especially since the depletion of the human population is one of the themes of this movie.
Even if you weren't bothered by the military incompetence displayed, you should be troubled by the Fascist military government that rules this future Earth. In this world, people do not gain citizenship unless they serve in the military. Those who don't serve aren't citizens. The director treats this change in society lightly, so it has a really creepy feel. If you want to see a war movie, there are lots of other better choices. If you want to see giant bugs killing people who aren't sensible enough to at least ride in a tank, then you don't have much choice.
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