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Starship Troopers

Posted by martinteller on October 3, 2009

I’ve never read the novel, but I have some other Heinlein and always been put off by his more conservative, militaristic side.  When I heard that this movie took those values and blew them up to the point of parody, I was curious but skeptical.  Maybe these people were reading something into it that wasn’t there.  But for anyone with a brain watching this film, the satire is loud and clear, and frequently hilarious.  As a mega-budget Hollywood movie, however, it also has to appeal to those without brains.  So it’s also an action blockbuster, with a lot of amusingly over-the-top dismemberments and explosions.  I think Verhoeven is more successful when he aims for satire than when he goes for visceral thrills, but it’s entertaining enough.  I’ve always had a problem with the look of Verhoeven’s films, though (I should add that I’ve only seen his sci-fi material).  Everything is so clean and oddly overlit, as the action takes place in a universe without shadows.  Rating: 7


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