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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Michael Ironside
Denise Richards
Dina Meyer
Directors
Paul Verhoeven
Screenwriters
Edward Neumeier
Running Time
124 minutes

Starship Troopers
Young, dumb and full of giant bugs


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Plot
The time is the future. Johnny Rico joins the military after graduation to become a citizen and for the love of his high school sweetheart. In the war against the bug aliens of Klendathu, the military is a very dangerous place to be. Johnny works his way through several battles and with the help of his friends and comrades, helps turn the tide of the war, and save the human race.


Verdict
Whatever the politics, Starship Troopers remains, on one level at least, a supremely good joke. For most directors a cast composed of Melrose Place flotsam (Caspar Van Dien), an ex-Doogie Howser (Neil Patrick Harris) and Michael Ironside is a nightmare made real. For Verhoeven it's essential — his perky cast are deliciously unaware that they are in part the fodder for an $80 million urine extraction project.


Reviewed by Adam Smith

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