There are many films I watched as a child, or saw bits of while younger, that I can barely remember now. Last night’s film was one of these. The film in question being Starship Troopers. All I could remember from this film from viewing it ‘back in the day’ was someone shooting a big beetle and a shower scene.
For those that don’t know Starship Troopers is a science-fiction film set in the 23rd century during an interstellar war between the human race and an arachnoid alien species known as the bugs. The film follows the exploits of Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien), a young soldier in the mobile infantry and Carmen Ibanez (Denise Richards), a trainee at the flight school. The film also stars Neil Patrick Harris but sadly he’s not in it as much as he should be.
The film is cheesy and littered with silly impossibilities. But it’s all intentionally like this. The film never takes itself seriously which is just as well because if it did it’d be pretty bad. Action scenes are often ridiculous and the gore levels are high and very fun. Some of the special effects, of the little spacecraft flying about, are a bit dodgy. The bug enemies on the other hand still look great today.
One thing I did think while watching is the film feels older than it is. It was released in 1997, but if I hadn’t researched that I would have thought it was from the late 80s/early 90s.
Nonetheless this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the film. It’s not a cinematic masterpiece but it’s a thrilling and very entertaining film. Could have done with more Neil Patrick Harris scenes mind.