Of course no one remains unaware that ST speaks the language of visual fascism inherent in most sci-fi/superhero blockbusters. Aside from the overt, I'm equally distressed by the homogenisation of race + sex in this utopia, the sly assumption that human harmony will only exist at the expense of some other. Its ironic, but my eyes still glaze over in action scenes, the joke continues after the punchline.
2-2.5 I think the satirical elements are really bold, and the film could just as easily be misunderstood to be a straight action movie if one wasn't paying attention. But, like Brazil, I think, at times, it struggles from just not having a whole lot in the way of distinct action happening onscreen. I think the second part of the second act suffers from this in particular; but I think the movie mostly works okay.
Its one of those films that if you don't get the satirical points and that it's meant to copy films like Triumph Of Will to show Fascism and Americanism fit like a glove it may go over your heads. One of the last clever left-leaning satires to come out of Hollywood. 3.5
Starship Troopers is an open question: childish and violent, but swimming in subtext about appropriation of war, propaganda, The Other, and so forth. Why does it cast all white actors as Spanish characters from Buenos Aires? What does it say about engendering violence in our schools, or how the war splits the characters apart (for a common goal)? Verhoeven's brilliance is so in-your-face, it flies under the radar.