Starship Troopers 1997 film review | Book Addicts

Starship Troopers

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Starship Troopers is a 1997 film about an arachnid alien invasion of Earth taken from the novel of the same name by Robert A Heinlein.

7 out of 10 stars.  When this was released it was the very first film of its kind, a mixture of commercials, advertisements, and war scenes mixed with a high school love triangle.

It’s some time in the future and four high school students in Buenos Aires, Argentina decide to enlist in the army to become citizens, the easiest way to actually obtain citizenship on Earth.  Johnny Rico is the football star.  Carmen is the beautiful math whiz.  Dizzy is Rico’s female sidekick.  And Carl is the brainiac of the class.  Carmen and Carl enlist because she wants to fly a starship and he wants to figure out how to kill the “bugs”, arachnids from outer space that keep hitting Earth with meteors and killing humans.  Rico is in lust with Carmen and enlists immediately after she does.  Dizzy is in love with Rico and enlists as soon as he does.  They all take entrance exams which determine their placement and Rico and Dizzy are assigned to infantry, the military branch that forms the front lines and dies.  Carmen is assigned pilot training and Carl is assigned to become a top secret scientist.

Throughout the film there are “commercials” advertising the war in an effort to get young people to enlist.  It follows Rico and Dizzy through training and injuries.  It also follows Carmen through her assignments.  When the gang is finally reunited, Dizzy is killed and they catch a brain bug, leading up to the second movie in the series.

7 out of 10 stars.  This film was unique when it was released and has spawned at least three sequels.  Avoid the sequels which are junk.  But this is worth watching for the novelty of it.  It watches like part telenovella and part commercial.


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