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Starship Troopers

"In the future, insects will crush us like flies..."

In the future, four high school graduates enrol in the army to take part in a long-lasting war against giant invader insects.

Carl does it to exploit his psychic and intellectual talents, Dizzy does it because of her attraction for Johnny, Johnny does it to impress his friend Carmen and, lastly, Carmen does it by passion for interplanetary flight and for Zander’s beautiful eyes.

However, the enemy troops are more powerful and greater in number that what the humans had planned for. It seems like one insect acts as a brain for the whole race.





Opinions on this film diverge. Some say it is immature, other say it is only a gathering of gratuitous violence. Some others complain about feminism, of nazi propaganda and for many other things that I do not totally grasp. Maybe the comic book on which the film is based should be blamed but I do not believe that this film has anything to be reprimanded for. Certainly, the style reminds us of passed massacres and all the “nice guys” have different tints of blond hair, light-coloured eyes and we also witness an explicit dissection but that is all.

To be more objective, I would like to concentrate my attention on the bizarre nonchalance that is omnipresent throughout the film. A general invites his soldiers to defy him in combat and, in one second, tears off his arm as if this were his usual morning exercise. He doesn’t seem to be affected by the fact that he has just inflicted a handicap on a soldier instead of strengthening him. Furthermore, to make the situation even more ironic, a few other soldiers laugh as if they would have just witnessed someone get hit by a pie in the face.

It is because of such situations that we constantly question ourselves on the film’s seriousness. Also, there is a tremendous loss of life, with explicit and violent death scenes. To add to the oddity, these massive combats are separated by humoristic teen behaviour. For me, this is what made the film special. It works for me but I doubt this is the case for everyone.

As time passes, our heroes increase in grade, the body count rises, the end of the world happens but the dramatic aspect remains the love triangle (or square) between Dizzy, Johnny, Carmen and Zander. Johnny is the film’s ultimate hero. He stays attached to Carmen who refuses any engagement outside of her career. Luckily for her, Zander is part of her career because they are co-pilots. Ever since high school, Carmen has given too much of her attention to Zander and this drives Johnny crazy. It obsesses him to the point where he ignores Dizzy, who is truly in love with him. Johnny prefers to consider her a friend. Do you believe that this resembles the usual formula? You’re right but the manner in which it is orchestrated in Starship Troopers makes it really entertaining and emotive even though the characters do not reveal their emotions.

Starship Troopers is the best film to get a change from our regular lives, to witness a maximum of graphical violence and to appreciate a good science-fiction film with a strong flavour of horror. All the heroes are adolescents that are followed from their graduation to their death (in certain cases); therefore, spectators in their twenties are those who will best relate to the characters.

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Memorables aspects
- Zander having his brain sucked out.
- A soldier has his head machine-gunned.
- Many people are impaled and mutilated explicitly.
- Johnny standing on a huge insect’s back, machine- gunning its protective shell.
- An acrobatic football game, in the future.
The disgusting dissection of a giant insect.

Memorables characters
- Johnny (Casper Van Dien)
- Dizzy (Dina Meyer)
- Carmen (Denise Richards)
- Rasczak (Michael Ironside)
- The giant insects

Released in: 1997

Movie type: Gore - Invaders - Monsters - Action - War - Science Fiction - Technology - Humor - Love

Films in similar category:
Fly, The (remake)
Ultimate Fights
Fast and the Furious, The

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( 2002-06-03 )  

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