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STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997)

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The Buzz:  

     Starship Troopers, directed by Paul Verhoeven, was a military sci-fi flick made in 1997. As the human federation expands its military control, they lock horns with aliens from the planet Klendathu.  Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) is a high school student on Earth who has his heart set on being a citizen, something only those with military service can claim. After joining the mobile infantry, the bugs launch an attack on Earth and destroy Rico’s home town.  The movie follows Rico’s rise up in the mobile infantry, and the fight against the bugs!

 

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Life of the Party:

      I have always loved this movie. Sure people are going to come up and say “ BUT THE BOOK IS BETTER” or “It’s sooo different than the book!”. Well guess what people, I DIDN’T READ THE BOOK AND I DON’T CARE!

     All that aside, this movie is what I always wanted in a Starcraft movie. All the infantry versus all the bugs and shenanigans ensue.  Casper Van Dien was at the high point of his career (Did you not see The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb?) and was a really solid main character. Suitably capable at being an action star and had a pretty sweet set of co-stars to round it out.  Denise Richards and Dina Meyer play the dueling love interests.

 

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If this is what 44 looks like, I am ok with getting older.

     Jake Busey ( Gary Busey’s kid… I mean look at the teeth, THOSE ARE THE MARKINGS!) plays the second in command of Rico’s Roughnecks and is kind of the comedic relief.  The big surprises however, some with Neil Patrick Harris and Michael “God Damn” Ironside. The same kid that you know as Doogy Houser and Barney Stinson is a psychic in the military who can read the minds of alien bugs.  Michael Ironside, however, plays Michael Ironside, a grizzled war hero initially commanding the elite roughnecks of the mobile infantry.

 

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"Yeah, HOW THE HELL DID TED MEET THEIR MOTHER!!??"

 

Potential Hangoers:

     If you are one of those bastards that read the book and can’t look past the title, then yeah, this movie is different and will cause you pain. Having said that, I hate you,  why can’t you just enjoy the damn thing.

     It’s also very violent. Like, people getting ripped apart all the time kind of violent. Which works greatly for the tone of the movie, but is still jarring to some.

The Vibe:

     This, to me, is the epitome of “Humans vs Aliens” war movie. The technologically advanced humans have to struggle against the emotionless and innumerable bugs.  The acting may be a bit sub class, but who the hell cares!? The action is awesome and the graphics are great, don’t miss it!

Pros/Cons

+Sweet alien killing action!
+”Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?”
+You get to watch a Busey get punched in the face!
+Dina Meyer
-What happens to Dina Meyer
-I hate Denise Richards
-They thought sequels would be a good idea.... 

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