Starship Troopers (film)

The film series has four sequels which includes two live-action films,Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation(2004) andStarship Troopers 3: Marauder(2008) and two animated films,Starship Troopers: Invasion(2012) andStarship Troopers: Traitor of Mars(2017).

In the 23rd century, while colonizing new planets, humans have encountered a hostile non-technological insectoid species known as Arachnids orBugs.

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The Fleet encounters unexpectedly heavy fire from the Bugs, and Carmens ship is destroyed. Carmen and Zanders escape pod crashes into a Bug tunnel system near Rico. They are surrounded by Bugs, and a brain bug uses itsproboscisto pierce Zanders skull and eat his brain. As it is about to do the same to Carmen, she cuts off its proboscis with a knife. Rico arrives and threatens the Bugs with a smallnuclear bomb, which the brain bug recognizes. They flee, while the brain bug makes its escape. Arachnids pursue them, and Watkins, mortally wounded, sacrifices himself by detonating the bomb to enable the others to escape.

The Roughnecks respond to a distress call from Planet P, where they reconnoitre an outpost that has been devastated by Bugs. The distress call is a trap, and the Arachnids swarm the outpost. Rico, now an acting sergeant, euthanizes a mortally wounded Rasczak after a buried Bug bites off his legs. After a Bug stabs Dizzy in the torso, she dies in Ricos arms as they are rescued by Carmen and Zander. Rico and Carmen encounter Carl, now a high-ranking intelligence officer, at Dizzys funeral. Carl reveals that there is reason to believe an intelligent brain bug is directing the other Bugs and has been learning how to fight humans. He field-promotes Rico to lieutenant and gives him command of the Roughnecks, ordering the Mobile Infantry units under his control to return to P and try to capture the brain bug.

In the Federation, citizenship is a privilege, earned by performing such activities as military service, which grants individuals opportunities prohibited to basic civilians.John Johnny Rico, his girlfriend Carmen Ibanez, and best friend Carl Jenkins attend high school inBuenos Aires. Fellow student Isabelle Dizzy Flores is in love with Rico. They all enlist in the Federal Service after graduation, despite Ricos parents disapproval of military service. Carmen becomes a spaceship pilot, whilepsychicallygifted Carl joinsMilitary Intelligence. Rico enlists in theMobile Infantryand is surprised to find Dizzy has deliberately transferred to his squad.

Clancy Brownas Career Sgt./Pvt. Zim

An invasion force is deployed toKlendathu, the Arachnids home planet, but the operation is a total disaster. Rico is severely wounded in the leg and mistakenly reportedkilled in action. After recovering, he, Ace and Dizzy are reassigned to the Roughnecks, anelite unitcommanded by Lt. Jean Rasczak, Ricos high-school teacher. He quickly gains the respect of his peers and is promoted to the rank of corporal after taking out a tanker bug. His relationship with Dizzy continues to grow, and they have sex during their night on Tango Urilla.

AtitledStarship Troopers: Terran Ascendancywas released in 2000. This game also incorporated the powered suits in Heinleins novel into the Verhoeven version of the Mobile Infantry. It was developed by Australian software companyBlue Tongue Entertainment.

Audio Commentary for Starship Troopers

Patrick Muldoonas Lt. Zander Barcalow

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Willfully Discards Robert Heinleins Novel.

In Mobile Infantry basic training, Career Sgt. Zim trains the recruits. Rico is later promoted to squad leader and befriends Ace Levy. He later receives aDear John letterfrom Carmen, as she desires a career with the fleet and now serves under Ricos high-school sports rival, Zander Barcalow. Following alive-fire trainingincident that kills one of Ricos squad members and causes another to quit out of guilt, Rico is demoted andflogged. He resigns and calls his parents to ask them if he can return home, but the call is cut off when an asteroid, reported to be launched by the Arachnids, obliteratesBuenos Aires, killing them and millions of others. Rico rescinds his resignation.

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Starship Trooperswas nominated for a number of awards in 1998, including theAcademy Award for Best Visual Effects; the film wonSaturn Awardsfor Best Costumes and Best Special Effects at the 1998 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, USA Awards.[citation needed]

Starship Troopers: The Miniatures Game

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On release,Starship Troopersreceived negative reviews from American critics.[3]In a round-up of the best films of 1997,The A.V. ClubcriticIgnatiy Vishnevetskycalled the film too damn well-made for its own good and said that it confused audiences and critics.[15]Onreview aggregatorwebsiteRotten Tomatoes, which collects both contemporary and modern reviews, it has a 63% approval rating based on 60 reviews. The sites consensus is: A fun movie…if you can accept the excessive gore and wooden acting.[16]OnMetacritic, it has a rating of 51/100 based on 20 reviews, indicating mixed or average reviews.[17]Audiences polled byCinemaScoregave the film an average grade of C+ on an A+ to F scale.[18]

Michael Ironsideas Lt. Jean Rasczak

In December 2011, film producerNeal Moritzannounced plans toremakethe film.[22]In November 2016, Columbia and Moritz announced the writing team ofMark SwiftandDamian Shannonhad been signed to pen the screenplay.[23]Verhoeven has expressed skepticism at the proposed remake, citing reports that it draws heavily from the original fascistic and militaristic 1959 novel.[24]

The film was panned byJanet MaslinofThe New York Times, Jeff Vice of theDeseret News, andRoger Ebertof theChicago Sun-Times, all of whom called it shallow and oriented toward teenage, male science fiction fans; Ebert had previously praised the satire in VerhoevensRobocop.[3]Calum Marsh ofThe Atlanticdisagreed with these critics in his 2013 article on the film, which he called a …satire, a ruthlessly funny and keenly self-aware sendup of right-wing militarism…[that] critiques themilitaryindustrial complex, the jingoism of American foreign policy, and a culture that privileges reactionary violence over sensitivity and reason.[3]In a 2015 article forSalon, comedian and writerAasif MandvicriticizedCasper Van Diens casting aswhitewashingcompared to the characters Filipino origins in the book.[19]

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In 1997Avalon HillreleasedStarship Troopers: Prepare for Battle!, a board game based on the film version rather than Heinleins book. Its gameplay focused on limited skirmishes rather than largerbattles. Avalon Hill had previously released a game calledRobert Heinleins Starship Troopersin 1976.[20]

Two nude scenes were kept in the original version (the co-ed shower and a bedroom romp between Rico and Dizzy), although these were modified in the broadcast version. The cast agreed to do the co-ed shower scene only if Verhoeven agreed to direct the scene naked, which he did.[6]

The bug planet scenes were filmed in thebadlandsofHells Half AcreinNatrona County, Wyoming.[6]

I stopped after two chapters because it was so boring, says Verhoeven of his attempts to read Heinleins opus. It is really quite a bad book. I asked Ed Neumeier to tell me the story because I just couldnt read the thing. Its a very right-wing book. And with the movie we tried, and I think at least partially succeeded, in commenting on that at the same time. It would be eat your cake and have it. All the way through we were fighting with the fascism, the ultra-militarism. All the way through I wanted the audience to be asking, Are these people crazy?

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In the DVD commentary, Verhoeven states his intentions clearly: the films message is that War makes fascists of us all. He evoked Nazi Germanys fashion, iconography and propaganda because he saw it as a natural evolution of the post-World War IIUnited States. Ive heard this film nicknamedAll Quiet On theFinal Frontier, he says, which is actually not far from the truth.Edward Neumeier(who had previously worked with Verhoeven onRoboCop) broadly concurs, although he sees a satire on human history rather than solely the United States.[6]Verhoeven says his satirical use of irony and hyperbole is playing withfascismor fascist imagery to point out certain aspects of American society… of course, the movie is about Lets all go to war and lets all die.[14]

The film started life as a script calledBug Hunt at Outpost Nine.[2]When similarities, especially the bugs, were pointed out between this and the novelStarship Troopers, plans were made to license the rights to the book and tweak character names and circumstances to match. Verhoeven had never read the book, and attempted to read it for the film, but it made him bored and depressed, so he read only a few chapters:

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Because the movie originated from an unrelated script, with names and superficial details from the novel being added retroactively, there are many significant differences between theoriginal bookand the film.[7]While the original novel hasbeen accused ofpromoting militarism, fascism and military rule,[8][9]the film subtly satirizes these concepts by featuring bombastic displays of nationalism as well as news reports that are intenselyfascistxenophobic, andpropagandistic.[7]

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Test audience reactions led to several minor changes before the film was released. Originally, it was clear that Carmen was torn between Rico and Zander. Test audiences, regardless of gender, strongly felt that a woman could not love two men at once, so scenes which portrayed this were cut. These audiences also felt it was immoral for Carmen to choose a career ahead of being loyal to Rico, to the extent that many commented that, in so doing, Carmen should have been the one to die instead of Dizzy. While admitting it may have been a bad commercial decision not to change the film to accommodate this, the directors did cut a scene from after Zanders death where Carmen and Rico kiss, which the audience believed made the previous betrayal even more immoral.[6]

The only theatrically released film in theStarship Troopersfilm series, it received negative reviews from critics on release.[3]It grossed $54.5 million in the US and a total of $121.2 million worldwide against its budget of $105 million.[1]The film was nominated for theAcademy Award for Best Visual Effectsat the70th Academy Awardsin 1998. In 2012,Slant Magazineranked the film 20 on its list of the 100 Best Films of the 1990s.[4]

I stopped after two chapters because it was so boring It is really quite a bad book. I asked Ed Neumeier to tell me the story because I just couldnt read the thing. Its a very right-wing book.[5]

Laxamana, Chris (November 13, 2014).Michael Ironside and Kristin Chenoweth.

Afirst-person shootergame also titledStarship Trooperswas released November 15, 2005. This version was developed by Strangelite Studios and published byEmpire Interactive. Set five years after the events of the film, the game also featured Van Dien voicing the in-game version of Johnny Rico.

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Verhoeven stated in 1997 that the first scene of the filman advertisement for the Mobile Infantrywas adapted shot-for-shot from a scene inLeni RiefenstahlsTriumph of the Will(1935), specifically an outdoor rally for theReichsarbeitsdienst. Other references toNazismin the movie include the Nazi German-esque uniforms and insignia of field grade officers, M.I. undress working uniforms reminiscent of MussolinisBlackshirtsAlbert Speer-style architecture and propagandistic dialogue (Violence is the supreme authority!).[10]

After returning to the surface, they find that former Sergeant Zim, who had requested a demotion to private so that he could serve at the front, has captured the brain bug. Carl tells Rico and Carmen that the humans will soon be victorious, now that Military Intelligence can study the brain bug. Carl mentally scans the Bug and reveals it is afraid, to the cheers of the troops. Apropagandaclip shows Carmen (now a captain with her own command), Ace, and Rico as model servicemen, encouraging viewers to enlist in the armed forces.

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The use of Nazi imagery for the films American heroes occasioned comment. At the time of the films theatrical release, the filmmakers did not explain their reasons for this choice. Some viewers interpreted it assatire, and others read it as a celebration of fascism.[6]

Neil Patrick Harrisas Col. Carl Jenkins

In a 2014 interview onThe Adam Carolla Show, actorMichael Ironside, who read the book as a youth, said he asked Verhoeven, who grew up inNazi-occupied Netherlands, Why are you doing a right-wing fascist movie? Verhoeven replied, If I tell the world that a right-wing, fascist way of doing things doesnt work, no one will listen to me. So Im going to make a perfect fascist world: everyone is beautiful, everything is shiny, everything has big guns and fancy ships, but its only good for killing fucking bugs![11]

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is a 1997 Americandirected byPaul Verhoevenand written byEdward Neumeier. It originally came from an unrelated script calledfrom ascience fiction novelbyRobert A. Heinlein. The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in theMobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit. Ricos military career progresses fromrecruittonon-commissioned officerand finally toofficeragainst the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an insectoid species known as Arachnids.

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There was also a 1999spin offCGI animated half-hour television series entitledRoughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, which ran for one season and ended on an unresolvedcliffhanger.

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Starship Troopers Relies on Nazi imagery.

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Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy

In theaudio commentaryon the DVD or Blu-ray release, Verhoeven remarks that he had hoped to cast actors whose age more closely matched that of the charactersand indeed of real-world soldiersbut that the producers felt such actors would look too young. The teacher and leader of the Roughnecks in the novel are combined into one role played by Ironside.[6]

Dina Meyeras Pvt. Isabelle Dizzy Flores

Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles

Amy Smartas Pilot Cadet/Lt. Lumbreiser

Denise Richardsas Lt./Capt. Carmen Ibanez

Casper Van DienasPvt./Cpl./Sgt./Lt. John Johnny Rico

at theAmerican Film Institute Catalog

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Sega Pinballreleased a pinball machine based on the film.[21]

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The film includes visual allusions topropaganda filmssuch asWhy We Fight,Triumph of the Willand wartimenewsreels, and the symbols and certain clothing styles of the Federation are modeled on those of the Nazis (e.g.,windbreaker, suits, cap, etc.; moreover, the military intelligence officers uniforms bear a striking similarity to those of theAllgemeine-SS).[7][12][13]


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