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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2010
This film is rightly considered a classic. It can be watched on two levels. On the surface its a great action film with sweeping battle scenes. On another level there is a lot of ironic, tongue in cheek humour in the film. In a really subtle way the subtext of the film is an allegory about fascism, with nods to the Roman Empire.

If you want to see pretty people shooting up aliens, this film will not disappoint, but there is so much more besides. Its very slightly dated now, but still worth the watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 December 2014
Starship Troopers was originally a book released in 1959 written by the rather famous sci-fi author Robert A. Heinlein. I haven't read it (getting hold of a copy is difficult) so can't compare it with the film but what I can tell you is the 1998 film adaption brilliant and deeper then the cover or action suggest.

The films plot is fairly thin on the surface focusing on Johnny Rico, an athletic star who upon finishing school joins the Troopers to follow the girl of his dreams just before earth is attacked and plunged into war with an alien race known as the Arachnids (or bugs).

The film however is surprisingly more than it seems with earth ruled by an apparent military fascist state where if you want to vote, get university scholarship or even have children you have to do a term of service for the federation. This sub plot, full of political satire is a genuinely interesting theme running through the background of what seems to be a mindless action movie at first glance. Throughout the film it cuts to news reels or advertisements run by the state showing live executions of criminals and trying to persuade people to enlist in the federation to gain citizenship.

If however you are interested in Starship Troopers for the expected action rather than it's more subtle undertones then this film is more than definitely still for you. Every moment from Rico's training in boot camp right upto fleets of ships and marines invading bug planets is fantastic, often bloody and not without the odd bit of dark humour thrown into the mix with it.

The special effects even sixteen years later are still (and I exaggerate not) better than some films that come out today. The ships in space, arachnids running around, particle effects etc are still seriously impressive. I honestly can't believe how good the visuals still are. The soundtrack is equally impressive with it's orchestral military themes during the action down to the school prom music is perfect.

Though I love this film to bits though not all of it is perfect. The acting performances are a little campy in places but it kind of works as the film is rather tongue and cheek anyway. There are some good performances though, most notably from Michael Ironside.

As a blu-Ray though the film has obviously been enhanced to HD the extras haven't, in ether amount or quality. It features a screen test, some trailers etc that last less then maybe twenty minutes and the quality is abysmal, almost like they took it straight from an old VHS.

Essentially though perhaps not the deepest movie, not the best acted or well written but Starship Troopers is a film I have loved for many years and is more than the sum of it's parts.

+ Political satire moments are clever.
+ Action is outstanding.
+ Special effects and soundtrack are hugely impressive still.

- Blu-Ray extras are sorely lacking and of poor quality.

(Edit: I have since read the book as it's now available on kindle and though some names and scenes are the same they are otherwise radically different)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Never has a film been made that is so tongue in cheek all the way, and with such violent and exciting action scenes and gory deaths that you keep coming back to it. It has elements of Aliens but Verhoeven shows you a world not far removed from a future started in his RoboCop and just after Total Recall. It's hinted that a group of army leaders have taken over the world and created what they think is a Utopian Society where to be anything in life (even having babies) means you have to join the military and do service. And as military leaders are apt to do, with no one left to fight on Earth, they start a war against a load of bugs across the galaxy.

This, though, is the backstory to Carmen, Rico and Dizzy's love triangle that throws them all into the mix in the fight against the bugs. Drag in the never dull Jake Busey and you have a real roller coaster that showed early CGI should not be ignored, but when used properly creates a truly fantastic backdrop.

Two scenes I immediately checked on Blu Ray. Rico's solo fight against one of the big bugs and the scenes in space when the ships are attacked. Quality in sound and vision is fantastic, well worth trading up your DVD.

As well as the gore and violence there is some nudity but it is worth remembering that when Verhoeven got his young cast to film the shower scene, he stripped off as well to show them not to be embarrassed. Sad that most of the main cast never really got a kick start with this, but some people will love it and others hate it.

I hate top ten lists but force my arm and this is on it.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2007
I think a lot of people, including some reviewers here, soft-pedal or miss the really brutal satire at work here. It was trashed by one US reviewer when it came out as 'Melrose Place Goes to War' (in reference to a now long defunct Beverly Hills 90210 knock off), which in a sense it is, but that's the point. It presaged our current conflicts, but the film is more relevant and funnier now than ever, dressing up beautiful people in post-Wehrmacht garb and sending them off to have their brains sucked out while in the heartland women encourage their kids to stamp on bugs. Otherwise, the effects are cartoonish but fun and the world scarily recognisable...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2002
Earth in the distant future: the New World Order. A global Fasisct state with two classes: Citizen and Masses is threatened by invading BUGS! Film follows the journey of a number of young recruits including the gorgeous Denise Richards (in one of her better acting roles!) and action-man lookalike Casper Van Dien through their (amusing!)training, warfare, tragedy and ultimate victory and glory as top-class citizens. Pleanty of bug killing and lots of very humourous comic-book style propaganda makes this a DVD not to be missed by anyone under the age of 40, but could appeal to all ages (except the faint hearted!). Presentation of the disc is also top-notch!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This film has nothing to set it apart from other films, nothing to make the audience go 'wow, what an incredible movie'; the acting is nothing above average, the direction also, but the one thing that this film does succeed in doing is putting a smile on the faces of those who watch it. It is not a film which will have a deep and lasting impression on you, it has no true moral beyond that of survival and determination in the face of adversity, but it is an extremely enjoyable fun-fest with some fight sequences which will delight and a story which is altogether complete.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2011
Starship Troopers (1998) is a barnstorming action-thriller bringing to life a world of huge bugs, and the absurdity, extremism and propaganda used in war and the scars of warfare. Here we have over-the-top beautiful young teens excited about life wishing to join the mobile infantry or elite fighter pilots to fight a war against enormous bugs and guarantee them citizenship. These bugs, on a planet hilariously called "Klendathu", allegedly started a galactic war on humans by retaliating against a settlement expedition and then sending a meteor to Buenos Aires. The political complexities are not so simple though.

The special effects are amazing, the Industrial Light and Magic work is reminiscent of Star Wars, and the photoreal bugs and the strong bloody violence make the film memorable.

It is packed with energy, a little cartoony, does not even hide its eye candy, nor the sexy scenes, and I've never seen anything like it, but it's Paul Verhoeven who appears to be the star again with a distinct science blockbuster film to complement Total Recall and it's all explainable and quite intellectual, thanks to the book on which it is based.

The one DVD contains the film and audio-commentary, inter alia.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Version: E.U / BVHE Touchstone / Region Free
VC-1 BD-50
Running time: 2:09:37
Movie size: 37,491,136,512 bytes
Disc size: 40,984,117,470 bytes
Average Video Bit Rate: 26.56 Mbps
LPCM 5.1 4608Kbps English
DD AC3 5.1 640Kbps

* Deleted Scenes (8 min. SD)
* Scene Developments with Audio Commentary (9 min.SD)
* Making-of Featurette (8 min.SD)
* Screen Tests: Johnny and Carmen (4 min. SD)
* Teaser Trailer (2 min. SD)

Movie: 4.5/5 Picture Quality: 3.5~4.25/5 Sound Quality: 3.5~4/5 Extras: 4/5
Version: U.S.A / Sony Pictures / Region Free
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / High Profile 4.1 (1080p) / High Profile 3.2 (480p)
Running time: 2:09:27 [could be due to an editing error that trims the running time by 4 to 6]
Movie size: 35,201,273,856 bytes
Disc size: 44,711,666,541 bytes
Average video bit rate: 23.00 Mbps

Dolby TrueHD English 1834 kbps (5.1/48kHz/16-bit)
Dolby TrueHD French 1971kbps kbps (5.1/48kHz/16-bit)
Dolby Digital 2.0 192 Kbps

Subtitles: English / English SDH / French / Spanish
Number of chapters: 16

* 2 Audio Commentaries
* Documentary
* Featurettes
* Screen Tests
* Deleted Scenes
* FX Comparisons
* FedNet Mode Picture-in-Picture Commentary (Profile 1.1)
* BD-Live Content (Profile 2.0)
* Recruitment Test
* Blu-Wizard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 8 August 2015
While Paul Vernhoeven’s visually stunning 1990s SF film works very well as a straightforward action thriller what really impresses with this movie is the brilliantly subtle exploration of life under a totalitarian regime. The blatant propaganda television commercials are marvelous but it is the all-embracing insidious militaristic tone of the movie which truly conveys what life is like under such a government, that regards its citizens as a resource to be scarified for the 'greater good'. In this way, the film incorporates themes which are also addressed in the Enders Game. The visceral horrors of the battle scenes are superbly depicted and there is a glorious set piece siege which reminded me of the final scene in Zulu, while the underlying good natured humour and attractiveness of the main characters contrast markedly with the grim and brutal realities of war. On reflection, Starship Troopers rivals Robocop as the director’s finest piece of work and a film which I would definitely recommend to any right-minded patriotic citizen, I'm sure "you would like to know more"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2013
This, along with Aliens, are by far my favourite Sci-Fi / Action films of all time. Deliberately tongue-in-cheek it manages to get away with the ridiculous story with ease, and even throws in some interesting moral questioning to boot, if you care to look for it. Of course for the most part this is an action film, and damn, does it deliver. The battle scenes are truly epic, with thousands of bugs, empty blank cartridges being flung everywhere, mini-tactical nukes -the lot. It even throws in some great space sequences as the story follows two pilots whose story is intertwined with the other characters. The film looks great on Blu-Ray and I was very impressed with how little the special effects have aged - everything still looks great.
One thing to note for those who haven't seen it... this is at times a very graphic film! You have been warned.
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