Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers

DVD - 2007
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From the bridge of the Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga, with its sweeping galactic views, to the desolate terrain of planet Klendathu, teeming with shrieking, fire-spitting, brain-sucking special effects creatures, acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven crafts a dazzling epic based on Robert A. Heinlein's classic sci-fi adventure. Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon and Michael Ironside star as the courageous soldiers who travel to the distant and desolate Klendathu system for the ultimate showdown between the species.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [c2007].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781424864553
1424864550
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SCIENCE FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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LPL_KevinC Nov 17, 2017

The legendary Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Elle) takes a shot a Robert Heinlein’s penchant for militarism by loosely adapting his novel, Starship Troopers into a satire of fascism, wrapped in a splatter or be splattered, space bugs versus humans episode of Beverly Hills 902010. I rememb... Read More »


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LPL_KevinC Nov 17, 2017

The legendary Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Elle) takes a shot a Robert Heinlein’s penchant for militarism by loosely adapting his novel, Starship Troopers into a satire of fascism, wrapped in a splatter or be splattered, space bugs versus humans episode of Beverly Hills 902010. I remember counting the days for this movie to come out so I could make my mom take me to see it, after catching a trailer for it on a copy of Leprechaun 3. The amped-up gore and bug battles melted my heart and earned it an immediate place in my tiny VHS collection mostly composed of chunky, white vinyl, Disney cases carried over from my pre-preadolescence. As I grew older, the movie grew with me. I began to recognize its camp and enjoyed it for new reasons, until I reached adulthood and finally appreciated it for its full on satire of a world where the military takes precedent over all. The movie isn’t without its flaws, but I applaud Verhoeven for going all in on his vision and not letting off the gas to make something more approachable.

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TheeAvebury
Aug 04, 2017

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.

Franln Aug 01, 2017

Kinda terrible...but in a fun way. Kinda good...but in an ironic way. I couldn't tell if they made it corny on purpose or not but I appreciate the effort nonetheless. Fairly entertaining with some memorable scenes...like the "brain bug" that looks like a giant oozing scrotum/anus.

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weeksworld
Apr 24, 2017

Piece of crap. Look for a parody of this on Mystery Science Theater 3000. In the middle of this movie, I thought to myself, "Why make this movie?" And then it hit me; throw every Sci-Fi cliche in, add a host of B-movie actors, gratuitous bug on human violence and gore, then end it with a feel-good, gung-ho victory scene. What Hollywood producer could possibly turn down such a vehicle? Save your self a waste of two hours and go watch something ... anything else. It might atone for itself as a cult film but it's not even bad enough for that. With the exception of Neil Patrick Harris and maybe Marshall Bell, the acting was so sophomoric it resembled a poor High School play. I can't believe I watched the whole movie. Thank heavens I never read the book. It must suck.

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StarGladiator
Apr 24, 2017

[The Orkin Man's ultimate fantasy!]
I sort of enjoyed this, although the director was confused by Heinlein's book [he kept calling Heinlein a fascist during an interview I saw him in], and didn't grasp that RAH's book was combining a politically meritocratic system [if you didn't serve, you didn't vote] encompassing the ideal of Ancient Greek democratic concepts. RAH was somewhat taken in by the plutocracy - - I enjoyed his earlier stories when he was a radical progressive, but found his later stuff [with the possible, and I mean possible, exception of Friday] to be wanting, and exhibiting his beliefs of American Exceptionalism, but I am realistic enough to know that when RAH was aghast at the Tonkin Gulf Incident, he really believed EVERYTHING which spewed forth from the American gov't [probably believed Oswald was the presidential assassin and that farcical lone gunman junk] and he actually supported Goldwater for president - - tell me that wasn't a split from his days with that Californian radical, Upton Sinclair. [I recall reading an old magazine, while I was in the military around 1970, about Sinclair, a real radical, being invited to a Bohemian Grove gathering {where the super-rich and connected gather occasionally} and was shocked at what he heard and was offered - - another story in another old magazine weeks later I read an exact similar story, this time with religious conservative author, Taylor Caldwell - - if both she and he exhibited the same response, the plutocracy must have always been diabolical.]

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Calvacade
Jun 21, 2016

Great sci-fi flick by Director Paul Verhoeven- the underlying satire is especially satisfying in such a broad action film.

oleksy13 Feb 27, 2016

Entertaining!

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Gizmo_Joe
Feb 18, 2016

Featuring some really incredible creature animation - 1997's Starship Troopers is very much like a gung-ho WW2 picture that gets transplanted into the future. This time around, high school students are encouraged to become "citizens" by enlisting in the army and eagerly serving the state.

Little do any of them realize that they will soon be engaged in a full-scale war against marauding insects of the most ferocious kind.

Warning! - Starship Troopers is definitely not for the squeamish, as it contains plenty of graphic dismemberment of both humans and insects.

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pl8
Dec 17, 2015

Heard about this film for years but only just got around to it. I really don't see what the big deal is and got bored pretty quickly. I think that the combination of satire and fantasy is a stretch and doesn't work here.

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Derringer
May 27, 2015

If you happen to have a strong aversion towards bugs, then Starship Troopers may not be the movie for you. Believe me, this Sci-Fi/Monster flick is not for the squeamish with its graphic dismemberment of humans and insects, alike. But, with that said, it is certainly mighty robust and action-packed movie-entertainment, all the same.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Basic Instinct), Starship Troopers is very much like a gung-ho WW2 movie that's somehow been transported into the distant future where eager high-school kids are encouraged to become "citizens" and serve the state.

All-in-all - Starship Troopers is a sharp, energetic and (at times) outrageously funny tale that successfully transcends beyond being just a "giant bug" movie.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 17, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense and ultra-gory battle scenes.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 17, 2014

Coarse Language: Yep. There's profanity, but it's not overdone.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 17, 2014

Other: Military apes Naziism.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 17, 2014

Violence: Contains plenty of over-the-top violence.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 23, 2012

Violence: Mostly against aliens, but might make some people squeamish.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 23, 2012

Sexual Content: One scene of sexual content, a couple of scenes with topless nudity.

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Moses_Laycock Mar 24, 2014

"the only good bug is a dead bug"

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