Hordes of mean, nasty, violent bugs - great stuff!
- Starship Troopers review by RP
I have a few favourite sci-fi films which include 'Blade Runner', 'Alien' and 'Aliens' – and this one.
It's supposed to be based on Robert Heinlein's 1959 novel of the same name - and the name is about all it shares as the story has been more than a little changed; but that's certainly not unusual for film adaptations.
So what do I like about it? Well, it's space fiction with proper alien monsters, 1950s style cheesy cardboard characters, lots of action / violence / blood and gore - and not a little irony and political messaging thrown in for good measure. It's set in a future totalitarian state where the masses require citizenship to be able to vote etc, but if you're rich enough then citizenship doesn't matter. But the way to get citizenship is through military service - and the poor bloody infantry get slaughtered in a war against nasty arachnid aliens, referred to as 'bugs'.
In many ways it's a classic war story: school days and friendship, boot camp and friendship, war, death and the loss of friends, victory and reunion. But the recruitment ads for the military are fascistic in tone and there is a subtext that the future is not at all a pleasant democratic place.
As an aside, unlike most similar films, 'home' is not smalltown USA but Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Yes it's cheesy, not everybody likes (or can even see) the irony, but I like it. And the action - when it starts - is relentless, as are the unending hordes of mean, nasty bugs.
Great stuff - 5/5 stars.
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