Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, American science fiction

Starship Troopers (1997, United States)

1997United States

Categories: alien speciesextraterrestrial lifeplanet explorationspace travelspace wars1990s sci-fi

Starship Troopers  1997 sci-fi movie

Running time: 130 minutes

Language: English

During the colonization of far planets the settlers from Earth are attacked by large insect-like creatures, later called Arachnids. The attacks seemed to be unprovoked, but deadly - Arachnids simply wiped-out the whole colonies and the military commanders on Earth had to take steps. But there are two problems - they have no idea how to deal with such enemy and at the same time they need to find people ready to face the danger. The Earth citizenship is a privilege to those that served their planet, one of the ways to achieve it is through military service, so there are plenty of people desperate enough to volunteer to join the expedition to Klendathu, the planet that seems to be the home of Arachnids. Among those volunteers aboard the starships heading for enemy world are friends from Buenos Aires area - Johnny Rico, Isabel Flores, Carmen Ibanez and Carl Jenkins. They start their training with the troopers, except Carmen, who wants to become pilot. Soon they receive the information that Buenos Aires area was destroyed by asteroid launched by Arachnids and their families and friends back home are dead. On arrival on Klendathu they are ready to avenge their loved ones, but first clash with enemies turns out to be a disaster.

Sci-fi action movies based on Robert A. Heinlein novel. It is mixture of shallow science fiction story, even shallower love story and slightly better, but completely illogical, battle scenes. Itís hard to tell what was the point that creators were trying to make in Starship Troopers, but we have here completely senseless invasion of planet using infantry armed only with small arms to face insectoids that are almost immune to the bullets. Even though the tactics clearly doesnít work the invasion goes on and the casualties are running high. It could have been quiet good film, it had a lot of adventure elements that could have worked if the film was better written and not as chaotic as it turned out to be.

Our rating

6.0 / 10

Overall rating

6 / 10

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Creators of Starship Troopers

Paul Verhoeven films


Edward Neumeier films


Robert A. Heinlein films


Cast of Starship Troopers

Casper Van Dien films
as Johnny Rico

Dina Meyer films
as Dizzy Flores

Jake Busey films
as Ace Levy

Denise Richards films
as Carmen Ibanez

Neil Patrick Harris films
as Carl Jenkins

Clancy Brown films
as Sergeant Zim

Michael Ironside films
as Rasczak

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