Starship Troopers (1997)

Viewed June 16th

 

In a future world imperiled by a race of huge insect aliens, a group of young people enlist in the military.

Starship Troopers reunites RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven with Edward Neumeier, one half of the RoboCop script-writing team. Neumeier was the driving force behind the earlier film's razor-sharp satirical elements and, while those satirical elements survive intact in Starship Troopers, there's nothing like RoboCop's deeper-level drama of the unconscious, in which a man digs into buried memories to recall/uncover the truth about himself. The characters in Starship Troopers are never given the chance to be anything more than tools in a satire; Rico is never able to give his film the sort of depth that Murphy gives RoboCop. Because of this, the world of the film stops expanding at a certain point and the viewer is, in turn, nudged out of a fully immersive, dreamlike film experience. RoboCop emerges as a bizarre sort of classic, Starship Troopers remains a cult film.