Starship Troopers (1997) – Movie Review

Official Score = 2 1/2 Devils

Official Score = 2 1/2 Devils

Now I did this really all through most of the 90s and the early part of the new millennium! During this time I got the chance to see what in my opinion was some of the greatest Science Fiction and Horror movies of the 1990s and early 2000s!

One of these movies happened to be Starship Troopers (1997):

Written by: Edward Neumeier (RoboCop) and Directed by: Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct). Starring: Casper Van Dien (Sleepy Hallow), Dina Meyer (Saw), Denise Richards (Valentine), Jake Busey (Identity), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Clancy Brown (Highlander), Seth Gilliam (The Wire), Patrick Muldoon (Stigmata) and Michael Ironside (Terminator: Salvation).

This movie, (which is based on the novel by Robert Heinlein), is an awesome good time, that tells the story of a future where the world is united under the banner of, ‘The Federation’, a world government which follows a socialist mentality, where there are two classes of people that live in the Federation.

1. The first one is that of a, ‘Federation Citizen’. A person who has served the world government in a military capacity.

A Citizen working in the Mobile Infantry will help protect the Federation from, ‘Bugs’!

2. The second one being everyone else!

Now this movie tells the story of a group of friends, (which includes: Johnny Rico (Van Dien), Dizzy Flores (Meyer), Carl Jenkins (Patirck Harris) and Carmen Ibanez (Richards)). These friends are dreamers that dream of joining the service so that they can become, ‘Citizens’ of the Federation.

Rico and Dizzy end up in the Mobile Infantry, Carl ends up in the Intelligence Service and Ibanez ends up in flight school (with a guy by the name of Zander (Muldoon), with whom Rico does not like as he is actively pursuing a relationship with Ibanez who for the first half of the movie is dating Rico.)

After they all head off to their various academies though, the bugs (A large alien race that tends to look like bugs and are hostile to humanity), attack and completely destroy Buenos Aires (the home town of almost all of the characters in the movie.)

Three best friends from, ‘Buenos Aires’ come back together to celebrate a major victory against the Bugs!

Now of course the action in this movie is spectacular, and being as this is a Paul Verhoeven movie, of course the special effects in this movie are spectacular.

But I have to say that the best part of this movie is the story… What I mean by this is that essentially this movie tells the story of a group of friends that are about to graduate High School and head off in to the real world with a lot of dreams and hopes for their futures both together and apart!