Movie Spotlight: Starship Troopers

Welcome to a little corner of the site we like to call, Movie Spotlight! This is where we take the time to showcase some films from the past, present and maybe even from the future! Okay, that’s a lie, there aren’t any films from the future here. We do have candy and an assortment of cheese though – so sit back, relax and take a gander. You might discover a film you never knew about for your Netflix or Showmax watchlist!

The story…

In the distant future, the Earth is at war with a race of giant alien insects. Little is known about the Bugs except that they are intent on the eradication of all human life. But there was a time before the war… A Mobile Infantry travels to distant alien planets to take the war to the Bugs. They are a ruthless enemy with only one mission: Survival of their species no matter what the cost…

So, what makes this film so great?

The year 1998 was a special year in the film industry. We just heard we were getting a new Star Wars film after 30 years of silence, had high hopes for the future and just got the announcement that a weird ass kung-fu movie was on the way called The Matrix. Yep, it was a pretty nice time for movies in general and what made it even better was the fact that we got Starship Troopers that year, which was definitely something we never saw before.

The movie is simple, humans fight colossal bugs with cool weapons and… that’s really all there is to it.

What makes Starship Troopers awesome though is the fact that it sports a very memorable cast of characters and some CGI action that was way ahead of its time in 1998. Mix in great CGI with great firefights, superb space scenes and a hardcore drill instructor, and you got yourself a party to remember.

While all the CGI and stuff is great on its own, all that would have been meaningless if we didn’t get the awesome cast we did for this film. I mean, they took a risk casting some relatively unknown actors for this film back in 1998 but those unknowns are now forever set as their respective characters in Starship Troopers. Some actors in the film, such as Casper Van Dien (Rico), are known for very little else besides Starship Troopers. Even someone you would have thought had a large, famous future ahead of them such as Jake Busey (Ace) is more well known for Starship Troopers than anything else.

Even Denise Richards who played Carmen ‘eyebrows’ Ibanez (who made my top list of most annoying characters ever), pretty much vanished in the years surrounding Starship Troopers and never did much else since. I mean, okay, the same year as Starship Troopers, Denise Richards did show her boobies in Wild Things and then went on to be a bond girl, but since then? Not much.

The only actor who seems to have properly escaped the shadow of Starship Troopers after 1998 was Neil Patrick Harris (Carl) who went on to star in more stuff after that movie than should be humanly possible. NPH is currently considered a God in certain parts of the world. True story.

Getting back to the characters though – The characters are the lifeblood of Starship Troopers.

Rico is a spoiled little brat we can kind of relate to at times (he takes a little getting used to) but as for the others and Ace, in particular, they’re what this movie is all about. These are the types of people you might actually meet in real life and be friends with. They all go through some shit on their own before the movie starts, nothing major, of course, mostly just girlfriend and regular life sort of problems. Some joined up to get licenses, others joined up to go career soldier. Some just want to kill bugs. Everyone has their own purpose for being a Trooper. Most expect a relatively easy ride since not much was happening conflict wise…

As is the trend with most war movies, pretty much all of them are a bunch of kids at that point. War breaks out, a few choices are made at the top level and after a few deaths, some real battle and other traumatizing events, the Troopers are carved out of wood, eat cement for breakfast and shit out bricks.

We follow the main characters right from real life through to basic training and beyond that to war. There’s some great action, bug blasting and gory events to behold. We get to see what our Troopers see, experience what they feel and realize quickly enough that these bugs are not so easily dealt with. In fact, the bugs turned out to be such a handful that Starship Troopers spawned an entire universe of follow up content ranging from video games, film sequels and comics.

Sadly, while none of those, except maybe the sequel film, Hero Of The Federation, are worth a mention, Starship Troopers remains a great standalone action film and had the best scene featuring boobies of that entire year it was released in. I’m not even kidding – there’s a shower scene with like 20 naked people in it.

Even if you take away all the likeable characters – If you want to see some great boobies, explosions and guns, watch this freaking movie, okay?

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