R, 2 hrs. 9 min. Directed by: Paul Verhoeven. Release Date: Nov 07, 1997. DVD Release Date: May 19, 1998.
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Quirky and unusual, this movie is story-driven sci-fi that triumphs over its curses of bad acting and lousy special effects. I'm not really sure why I love this movie, because there are parts of it that I find a little off-putting, but I'm always ready to pop it in my PS3.
Near-future sci-fi is a hard genre: trying to make a reasonable facsimile of events happening only a few decades from the modern day toes a much harder line than sci-fi that goes out a few centuries and the audience is more able to suspend disbelief. Starship Troopers manages to create a world I can understand in spite of all the changes to the culture that make humanity a bit hard to recognize. I totally get us getting involved in a planet-destroying war with the first extraterrestrial life form we encounter. It just seems like us. I can't get into the idea of human psychics and co-ed showers, at least, I can't get past the idea of co-ed showers outside of an adult movie.
Really, the cast is horrible. Led by Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards, the cast is pretty faces that look good without clothes and are young enough to be willing to frolic around nude, but who can't really do much else. Even Neil Patrick "Doogie" Harris kind of sucks his way through this movie, and he actually has some skill on screen. But, there has probably never been a finer B movie made. I died a little inside when I realized the xenobiology teacher is Rue McClanahan. She needs a better agent.
The action scenes are basically worth it, provided you can get past the fact that the enemy is a large group of bugs. Apparently Orkin has gone out of business by the time this movie happens. But isn't it always the way? Well, it's sometimes the way.