Movie Review: Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers

I can’t figure out whether this was the worst movie of all time or the best movie of all time.  I’m thoroughly torn.

This was a science fictiony movie about future humans fighting insect aliens.  It’s not that serious.

It’s in the mold of the movie Robocop, but simpler and light-hearted.


The gore is thick, but not that depressing because it’s almost like a parody.  Yet it is not too silly to the point where it takes you out of the movie.  The movie walks this tightrope of absurdity very well.

The campiness is enhanced by the angular lines of everything in the movie.  The weapons are bulky and angular like old style cell phones.

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More about Zack later, he just got some bad news from Kelly.

The insects are angular.  The sets are angular.   The actors faces and haircuts are mostly all angular.  It is a great cinematic element.  It has a calming affect.  Everything is clean and wrapped in a tidy little bow.  Thank you.

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Lots of chiseled lines.  One of the most beautiful women ever in Hollywood Denise Richards.  She is the femme fatale.  A wild and good heart that all American boy Juan Rico (I don’t know why they all had Spanish names) falls for.


But as the good-hearted altruists this couple is, they must think about saving the planet first.  She is a pilot and he is an infantryman.  A class difference I guess.  More of a logistic problem as she flies to far off galaxies.

Kelly Kapowski’s boss at the Max, Jeff, is Denise Richards new pilot instructor.  Sparks inevitably fly.  He apparently had a lockdown on the role of girlfriend stealer in the 90’s.

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To the heartbreak of Juan Rico.  However, girl-next-door Dizzy has the hots for him in his infantry division.  She is firey, yet down-to-earth.  A welcome distraction.  “Don’t pass up a good thing.”

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This love quartet inevitably meet again when Denise Richards spaceship is commissioned to rescue Juan Rico’s infantry division.

No spoilers, but the mix of campy violence and blunt love stories is everything you could ever want.  Can the filmmakers make this any easier to understand?  I don’t think so.

That’s what’s so great about this movie.  The goodness is served up on a silver platter.

The commercial scenes were a great transition element and cracked me up, so silly.  Every commercial ended the same way “would you like to know more?”

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You may have to be in the right mood to see this.   Maybe when you don’t feel like thinking very hard.  I think I was in that mood.  I give it a B.

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