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      Starship Troopers

      1997, Sci-fi/Action, 2h 9m

      81 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      A fun movie...if you can accept the excessive gore and wooden acting. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      In the distant future, the Earth is at war with a race of giant alien insects. Little is known about the Bugs except that they are intent on the eradication of all human life. But there was a time before the war... A Mobile Infantry travels to distant alien planets to take the war to the Bugs. They are a ruthless enemy with only one mission: Survival of their species no matter what the cost...

      • Rating: R (Nudity|Graphic Sci-Fi Violence/Gore|Some Language)

      • Genre: Sci-fi, Action

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Paul Verhoeven

      • Producer: Jon Davison, Alan Marshall

      • Writer: Robert A. Heinlein, Edward Neumeier

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $54.7M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Trimark Pictures

      • Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Big Bug Pictures, TriStar Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SR, DTS, Dolby Stereo, Surround, SDDS, Dolby A, Dolby Digital

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Dina Meyer
      Denise Richards
      Clancy Brown
      Seth Gilliam
      Patrick Muldoon
      Rue McClanahan
      Marshall Bell
      Eric Bruskotter
      Matt Levin
      Blake Lindsley
      Brenda Strong
      Dean Norris
      Edward Neumeier
      Frances Doel
      Phil Tippett
      Basil Poledouris
      Zoe Poledouris
      Jost Vacano
      Mark Goldblatt
      Caroline Ross
      Allan Cameron
      Steven Wolff
      Robert Gould

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      • Nov 25, 2015

        I give it a solid 3-3.5. A military, Nazi-esque propaganda film, as if from within the deranged universe [that we never really see] that the film takes place in. Likely with the intent of recruiting new troopers. On this level of old-style, unsubtle propaganda, I suppose it is successful. However, although that makes the film clever, it does not mean I overly enjoy or connect to sitting through such propaganda pieces. It was reasonably enjoyable but its limits as a film are directly proportional to its success in what it aims to do. As a pro-military [satire-played-straight] piece it eschews nearly all sensitivity and can be gruesome and disturbing in the thoughtless violence. Again, though, this is a success going by the premise of the existence of the film. As an aside, it is noteworthy and actually genuinely admirable the gender neutrality/equality of the film in terms of the portrayal of the characters within the film... I find it fantastically refreshing the way that was played out. So strange, for such a backwards-looking film to have such a forward-looking idea played so well. In any case: the film is solid but its enjoyment has limits set by its very premise.

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      • Apr 17, 2015

        A rare example of when a bad adaptation of a book winds up making a good standalone movie. Near Kubrick-ian in its wartime satire, Starship Troopers is, before it is anything else, fun.

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      • Dec 24, 2012

        "Starship Troopers" mainly exists as science fiction fodder for those that care to indulge. As far as the acting goes, the characters might as well be cardboard cutouts or action figures fighting the realistic looking, yet lackluster bugs that continuously swarm in the same manner until their attacks are completely telegraphed and shockless.

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      • Dec 21, 2012

        Starship Troopers is cheesy, ridiculous, and campy...and gloriously so. The film goes for a satirical, B-movie aesthetic and uses the tropes of the genre brilliantly. The story follows a group of high school graduates who enlist in the military and end up going to war with a bug planet intent on destroying Earth. The cast features Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Dina Meyer, and Michael Ironside, who all give stereotypical performances that work perfectly with the tone of the film. And, director Paul Verhoeven does a great job delivering fun action scenes. While it's not serious science fiction, it never pretends to be. Starship Troopers delivers a big dumb action film, and does it well.

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