Review : Starship Troopers (1997)

Starship Troopers was directed by Paul Verhoeven and released in 1997. It is a science-fiction film set in the future. The world is now one global federation at war with an alien species (giant disgusting bugs). Our main character is John Rico (Casper Van Dien) who just graduated high school and is about, along with his friends, to enroll into federal service. Carmen (Rico’s girlfriend) and Carl (Rico’s telepath friend) got high grades and are able to join elite departments. Rico, on the other hand, joins the Mobile Infantry. The movie mainly follows Rico and fellow troopers during training and combat.

Starship Troopers became a cult classic over the years and it truly deserves it. First, it is a great action-packed sci-fi movie. Almost two decades later, the special effects still hold up. There isn’t one boring moment in this film, from training camp to the war itself, it will keep you entertained throughout.

But Starship Troopers is more than a generic war movie, there is more than meets this eyes. One element of the movie that I especially love is the use of propaganda commercials. They are full of humor and yet reflects our own society (media influencing the masses). They are well made and work on several levels. The entire movie allows a political reflection but it never takes a side : is a fascist / military-driven society a good or a bad thing ? The viewer decides. In my opinion, this model of society cannot work and isn’t made to be stable or last. But the movie actually makes you think about it. And that’s why I think Starship Troopers is a very smart action movie.

The characters are very likeable, especially our hero, Rico. The supporting characters are also worth rooting for. Even when they act against Rico, they usually have reasons so it’s hard to blame them as we understand their situation as much as Rico’s.

To conclude, Starship Troopers is a great sci-fi movie with great action sequences, great special effects and great characters ! I definitely recommend it !

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