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Starship Troopers [UMD for PSP] Description
In the first and finest RoboCop movie, director Paul Verhoeven combined near-future science fiction with a keen sense of social satire–not to mention enough high-velocity violence to satisfy even the most voracious bloodlust. In Starship Troopers, Verhoeven and RoboCop cowriter Ed Neumeier take inspired cues from Robert Heinlein’s classic sci-fi novel to create a special-effects extravaganza that functions on multiple levels of entertainment. The film might be called “Melrose Place in Space,” with its youthful cast of handsome guys and gorgeous women who look like they’ve been recruited (and in some cases they were) from the cast of Beverly Hills 90210. Viewers might focus on the incredible, graphically intense action sequences (definitely not for children) in which heavily armed forces from Earth go to off-world battle against vast hordes of alien “bugs” bent on planetary conquest. The attacking bugs are marvels of state-of-the-art special-effects technology, and the space battles are nothing short of spectacular. But Starship Troopers is more than a showcase for high-tech hardware and gigantic, flesh-ripping insects. Recalling his childhood in Holland during the Nazi occupation, Verhoeven turns this epic adventure into a scathingly funny satire of fascist propaganda, emphasizing Heinlein’s underlying warning against the hazards of military conformity and the sickening realities of war. It’s an action-packed joy ride if that’s all you’re looking for, but Verhoeven has a provocative agenda that makes Starship Troopers as smart as it is exciting. The DVD includes an above-average commentary by the director and Neumeier, several deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes documentary and promotional featurette, cast bios, production notes, and more.
Reviews By A Reviewer : Date April 12, 2009
You must have extended memory loaded to play. All copies are the same, so there is no use exchanging it. I was waiting on my second copy when I found a HD forum talking about the loading problem. The forum members determined the problem is the way the disk was authored. The disk looks for enough memory to support the BD Live content even when BD Live is not enabled. I tried the second copy I received and it would not load either. I updated my firmware and it still would not play. I put a flash drive in my Sony BD S350 and the second copy loaded fine. The bottom line is you need to add extended memory to load this disk, whether your player takes an SD Card, Flash Drive, or whatever.
As far as the movie goes, I would have given it 5 stars if not for this issue with the disk. It’s a great action flick with great special effects that look even more awesome on blu-ray. Excellent satire of blind alligence to government and military. I didn’t read the book, so I don’t have a problem with it not being true to the original story.
Highly recommended, just realize you will need to load extended memory to play.
Reviews By Mike Gambit : Date January 10, 2001
I’m amazed that so many people can blindly miss the subtleties of this movie. While it works as a brainless, enjoyable gung-ho piece of sci-fi cum war hokum it’s also quite a clever piece of satire, taking a pot-shot squarely aimed at the kind of control that governments, regardless of ideology, exert over their populace. While the spoofed propaganda TV commercials most obviously display the parody in this movie, one can also see it littered throughout the movie. The director has chosen to ape Nazism as it’s an extreme view of what can happen when a government has a strong grip on its people, because of his childhood experience being under Nazism and because by cloaking the heroes of the movie in Nazism he shows a self-mocking sense of ironic humor.
Johnny Rico being a blonde, blue-eyed Aryan. While Van Dien’s abilities as an actor are frequently ridiculed at there’s no doubt that he is perfect for this movie’s take on the character. He *looks* like an actor straight from WWII German and Soviet propaganda films and indeed that is exactly what he’s supposed to appear like.
Ok let’s clear up some other points:-
It’s not bad acting. Bad acting implies that the actor does not bring fully to life the character he/she is playing or overplays the part ect ect. The characters in ST are supposed to be parodies, tongue-in-check cardboard cutouts. Given that all the actors in ST play their roles pretty well. That they are all very pretty (especially Dina Meyer) is the intention. Like any good propaganda it shows people whom we’d like to be or be with trying to become citizens and succeeding, whilst following the ‘state line’.
Reviews By John S. Ryan : Date January 3, 2004
So says Paul Verhoeven, who has said (and says again in the commentary on this DVD release) that it’s one of the statements made by this morally complex film.
I love listening to Verhoeven’s commentaries (especially the one he does with Arnold Schwarzenegger on _Total Recall_). Here he shares the task with screenwriter Ed Neumeier, and putting the two of them together was an excellent choice. The commentary is one of the best features of the special edition.
The film itself is hard to evaluate. Because it’s Verhoeven, it’s got sex, gore, and social satire. What it’s also got — and something that was arguably missing from the Robert A. Heinlein novel on which the film is based — is a high level of moral complexity that doesn’t divide everyone neatly into Good Guys and Bad Guys.
The effect is odd, and oddly disturbing. On one hand, the film succeeds quite well as a combat shoot-’em-up in the style of the great World War II films. At that level, if we like, we can take the ‘bugs’ of Klendathu, playing as they do into our ‘natural’ loathing of insects, as a politically correct version of the sort of enemy Heinlein probably intended. (As long as we don’t take the film’s incompetent ‘military action’ too seriously.)
On the other hand, the film also contains lots of sly references to the Third Reich, lots of little clues that suggest the ‘bugs’ didn’t start the war, and lots of opportunities for the characters _and_ the audience to conclude that war may not be the best way to approach the problem here at issue.
Okay, this latter stuff is a huge departure from Heinlein’s novel, which was primarily focused on what makes military folks tick and what it means to be a responsible citizen. Heinlein’s civics lesson is duly incorporated into the film, of course: a ‘citizen’ is one who takes personal responsibility for the safety and well-being of the body politic. But the film doesn’t stop there.
In fact, it incorporates elements that could have come from two other SF novels that have been read as responses to _Starship Troopers_, namely, Joe Haldeman’s _The Forever War_ and Orson Scott Card’s _Ender’s Game_. I don’t _know_ that Neumeier had either of these novels in mind, but there’s an important reference to Mormons in the screenplay that in this context might suggest Card. Be that as it may, Heinlein’s civics lesson is here subjected to severe scrutiny and even dark satire.
That’s okay by me.