“S” is for Starship Troopers (1997)
arah Brightman fell in love with one and progressive rock band Yes had a song on one of their albums called it. Paul Verhoeven made a film, it was called Starship Troopers. Released in 1997, this documentary style movie was a massive hit across the globe and it is filmed in the same way as the original Robocop which was 10 years earlier. The fly on the wall, news based storytelling with the hard-hitting truth even if the cause is a just one, but one that is being lost at every turn.
I was a big fan of Robocop, and to see another film made in exactly the same way 10 years later was great. What I found interesting was the fact that the style hadn’t aged any and you would be forgiven for thinking that the 2 movies were released the same year. Set in the near future, the story follows a group of friends from finishing school to enrolling in the army to join the fight against The Bugs, a race of giant insects intent on wiping out the human race. There are may ways in which you can help the cause and each of our group finds their own way to fit in.
We have here a group of young actors that were pretty popular at the time, Denise Richards, Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer and Neil Patrick Harris. There is also Clancy Brown and Michael Ironside to add a bit of rugged experienced muscle to the story and it all works so well. I do like a good science fiction movie and this definitely makes my list. The style of the movie is great and you can really see this kind of reality news coming to us in the future. Especially the way reality TV keeps getting churned out, is this just how it will end up?
Lots of action here as Johnny Rico goes from zero to hero in a very short space of time and always seems to land on his feet when it comes down to the crunch. There is also quite a bit of violence here as we see the horrors of an intergalactic war between two races laid bare as people at home can see what is happening as it happens including loved ones being killed in action in some pretty gruesome ways by the enemy. There were a few sequels, but none of them measured up to this classic original. It also started my private love affair with Dina Meyer who just always seemed to be unlucky in love in this movie. Poor thing 😦
Fun Fact: When Rico, Carmen and Carl meets with the recruiting officer after pledging, and the officer shakes hand with Rico, it is revealed that he has lost both his legs. This is not done with any means of special effect or other trickery, as Robert David Hall – the actor – had both legs amputated after an accident in 1978.