Saturday, August 17, 2013
STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997)
I saw this as part of a Rifftrax show a couple of nights ago and it was a good time. Not so much for the movie itself though, mostly just for the making-fun-of-the-movie stuff.
If this film had been made back in the 50's it might have been pretty cool, unfortunately this was made in 1997 and by that time the ability to even make a stupid aliens vs. humans movie was pretty much lost to the sands of time. The main problem, of course, is that this movie is one of the stupidest things ever made. In addition to this the acting is grating and generally terrible, the action scenes are repetitive and illogical, the story is just ALIENS with spider-aliens instead of the H.R. Giger creatures and the message is an obvious anti-fascism one. Given all this though there were way worse things made in this sorry excuse for a decade so comparably this would probably only rate somewhere around the middle of the garbage heap of shitty films from that era. I also understand that director Paul Verhoeven was attempting to make a satire of American society and as he usually does he takes the sledgehammer approach to do so. Also comparing this to other things in his filmography this wouldn't even be the stupidest thing he's done. So I guess overall I would say this is watchable, at least for the gory bits of people getting torn apart and brains getting sucked out of heads, but this should rightfully be mocked and ridiculed and partially blamed for all of the awful action/sci-fi movies that came out after it.
This was based on a Robert Heinlein book but from what I've read they changed quite a few things to make the movie extra dumb.
There have been 3 sequels to this made so far but I'm sure I can find more exciting things to watch.