From the bridge of the Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga, with its sweeping galactic views, to the desolate terrain of planet Klendathu, teeming with shrieking, fire-spitting, brain-sucking special effects creatures, acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven crafts a dazzling epic based on Robert A. Heinlein’s classic sci-fi adventure. Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, and Michael Ironside star as the courageous soldiers who travel to the distant and desolate Klendathu system for the ultimate showdown between the species. –Sony Pictures
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969 he directed the popular Dutch TV series Floris (1969), about a medieval knight. This featured actor Rutger Hauer who has appeared in many of Verhoeven’s later films. Verhoeven’s first feature, Wat zien ik (1971) (trans. What do I See?), was released in 1971. However it was his second, Turks fruit (1973), with its combination of raw sexuality and a poignant story line, that gained him great popularity in the Netherlands, especially with male audiences. When his films, especially Soldaat van Oranje (1977) and De vierde man (1983), received international recognition, Verhoeven moved to the US. His first US film was Flesh & Blood (1985), 1985, but it was RoboCop (1987) and especially Total Recall… read more
A brilliant satire of fascist agit prop dressed up as summer sci fi popcorn flick (in a style crying Milius = Eisenstein = Riefenstahl) played so straight, there's no comfortable distance for some viewers due to a lack of prestige to the main cast or obvious "wink''s. One of Verhoeven's best US films, this could be an effective propaganda in the right presentation, which is the highest compliment a satire can get.
Verhoeven confidently maintains the very particular tone of the film while simultaneously delivering satire, rousing action, and philosophical challenge. Verhoeven's visions may not always succeed, but they are always bold and transgressive. This one succeeds. And the effects hold up surprisingly well.
For this week's roundup on movies opening in theaters, let's start with the UK since Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll looks like it
If only Robert Altman knew what his satire of football and war in MASH would bring us in the post-modern age...
Having rewatched this a few times I can honestly say that I find almost the entire first hour to be unnecessary. It’s by no means a masterpiece but I think the casting choices and the visual effects… read review
The synopsis currently on Flixster about the cast being “fresh-faced youths of the Archie Comics” influenced how I saw this movie. The love triangles with Dizzy (Meyer) and Carmen (Richards) fighting… read review
Old thoughts from a blog of mine I thought I would share.
Starship Troopers is one of the greatest anti-war films ever made in my opinion, up there with many others. This is something that not… read review