Should You Enlist for the ‘Starship Troopers’ DTV Sequels?

/Film | 1/20/2020 | Rob Hunter
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Should You Enlist for the ‘Starship Troopers’ DTV Sequels?

Paul Verhoeven is a filmmaker whose career has seen highs and lows, hits and misses, blockbusters and quiet indies, but the one constant is that his best film will always be Robocop (1987). This is not an article about Robocop, but it is about the big, action/sci-fi movie he made a decade later that echoes some of the same satirical stylings.

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1997’s Starship Troopers is a loose adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s novel – an unrelated script was the film’s basis, and the studio simply bought the title rights from the novel before mashing the two together – but where the book is hardcore militaristic, Verhoeven’s film takes a more cynical, darkly humorous, and dismissive tone. It wasn’t quite the hit they hoped for, but its growth into a cult favorite helped spawn two live-action sequels that went straight to DVD/TV. So let’s be good citizens and give ’em a spin!

It’s the 23rd century, and humanity is no longer the most voracious species in the universe. The bug-like Arachnids – a misnomer as spiders aren’t insects (ie bugs) but an easily forgivable mistake as war is no time for facts! – are held responsible for deadly asteroids targeting earth. Four recent high school graduates who totally look eighteen years old sign up for military service, and soon all four friends are guns, guts, and co-ed showers deep in humanity’s war with the bugs. One becomes a pilot, another joins the psy-ops section, and two wind up as grunts fighting the enemy on the battlefield. The coolest one won’t make it home alive.

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An attack on a bug-infested planet has led to ruin leaving only a small squad left to fend off the creatures. The soldiers hold off the bugs for the most part, but unbeknownst...
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