Starship Troopers: Movie Review

Starship Troopers: Movie Review

Anna Wright

     Starship Troopers is a science fiction satire film based on a book by Robert A. Heinlein. surrounding a futuristic earth at war with space bugs from the planet, Klendathu. Following the story of Johnny Rico, viewers witness a transformation from naive teenager to a formidable soldier. Johnny originally enlists in the war because of his girlfriend, Carmen, with the mindset of just getting it over with. He didn’t truly have a reason to fight until he witnessed some of the brutalities that war brought to his homeland and his people. The movie takes those watching on a journey filled with action, suspense, and laughter. Between brain-sucking alien bugs, a seemingly endless supply of ammo, and comedic cliche moments, there’s not much not to like. 

     Although the movie is farcical and entertaining, there is some controversy surrounding it, namely the government depicted. Many fascist attributes can be seen throughout the film. In order to be deemed a citizen and have the right to vote, people must serve in the military for “not less than two years and as much more as may be required.” If one chooses to remain a civilian, it can be inferred that they would not have access to the rights, privileges, and freedoms that would be given to a citizen. The government also has complete control over the media. A constant stream of war propaganda can be seen in the movie, and even children were displayed with guns in some of the clips. 

     Despite any controversial motifs, the overall enjoyment obtained from the film makes it completely worth watching.