#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In the distant future high school kids are encouraged to become citizens by joining the military. What they don’t know is that they’ll soon be engaged in a full scale war against a planet of alien insects. The fight is on to ensure the safety of humanity.
Plot: Set in the future, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry. Rico’s military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an arachnoid species known as “the Bugs”.
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#No time for regrets in the fury of battle
Again and again there are undertones in this movie that show us that the situation is not as simple as the leaders of the world portrayed in the film might want their underlings to believe. A reporter asks the question whether the humans were the ones who started the war and whether the Arachnids are simply acting in self-defense. A talk show guest finds the idea that there could be intelligent Arachnids preposterous, showing how much the propaganda has done to degrade the enemy. In a great scene we see the eye of one of the arachnids for the first time and for a second I was wondering what was going on inside the creature. Of course, this brief moment of reflection is quickly erased by a gun shot and the continuation of the fury of war.
But this, to me, seems to add to the overall anti-war message: The soldiers can only stay obedient servants if they are not given moments to reflect and question the system. And so when the viewer see the propaganda clip at the very end of the movie proclaiming triumphantly and bombastically “They’ll fight and they’ll win”, they might have already forgotten that just a moment ago they saw a sentient being being tortured in the name of this promised glorious victory.
A rare example of when a bad adaptation of a book winds up making a good standalone movie. Near Kubrick-ian in its wartime satire, _Starship Troopers_ is, before it is anything else, fun.
_Final rating:★★★★ – Very strong appeal. A personal favourite._
A high-tech splatterfest disguised as a heavy-handed satire that actively perverts the novel it purports to adapt.
Verhoeven disguises this queasy ode to gore as an anti-military cautionary tale. It’s kind of like watching a prude drooling over pornography while protesting to the world how evil it is.
The combat scenes are laughable. The soldiers have the tactical acumen of a heard of sheep with assault rifles. The movie doesn’t just ignore significant aspects of the book, it goes out of its way to deliberately distort them. A single example (one of many). The protagonist of the novel, Johnny Rico, was a Filipino. Verhoeven casts stereotypically Aryan Casper Van Dien as Johnny. Is this a cynical distortion of the book to `prove’ that the author wasn’t `honoring diversity?’ Or is it a cynical marketing ploy to appeal to a particular demographic? Or didn’t Verhoeven care?
The movie’s supporters seem to fall into three main categories. There are those who enjoyed watching people being torn limb-from-limb while thinking `Gee, what a great science fiction action movie!’ There are those who justified watching people being torn limb-from-limb because they were thinking `Gee, what a clever satire of a militaristic society!’ And there are those in the first category who apparently had to see the movie more than once to move to the second category. This is amazing to me since I thought the satire was about as subtle as a brick through a window.
Military sci-fi at its cinematic best
On one level this is a pure action flick at its best. Amazing effects, mindless violence by the tanker-load and the good-guy gets the girl. Nothing more to say, really.
However, this isn’t a pure sci-fi action film; this is military sci-fi in all its fascist glory. Guns, warriors, alien scum and pretty explosions rendered in a disciplined manner. I wouldn’t call it tongue-in-cheek, its too hardened for that. I wouldn’t call the satire in your face or subtle; its more… subliminal. Sublety by another name perhaps. I don’t read so far into films as others do; maybe I’m right for it, maybe I’m not. You just cant get it so wrong. Certainly people spend less time actually reviewing films.
Uncharacterized enemies, a one sided view the situation, rampant jingoism, those are the trademarks of militarism. This film catches them well in a futuristic setting. A little slow to start but still enjoyable, with just the right sense of innocence and its loss, replaced with the hardened edge that invariably lies within success. When the action finally gets going, it really gets going. The effects are stunning for 1996 when they were made, and even 10 years on they’ll still be impressive. I thought Casper van Dien was more impressive than the film really shows; certainly the screen test on the DVD seemed to show a greater depth IMO. Denise Richards was a little too wide smile for the film, but Dina Meyer pulled off the ‘chick with a gun’ more convincingly than any other woman I’ve seen on film (they always seem uncomfortable with it, but Meyer carried herself naturally). Her character was pretty good too 😉 . Clancy Brown clearly enjoyed himself, hamming up the stereotypical drill-instructor pleasingly, and Michael Ironside was wonderful as the hard-nosed and competent Leiutenant. The cheesiness beloved of action films was there but it never became too cheesy to detract from the work (unlike say 2004’s King Arthur). Another thing that takes this to the level of military sci-fi.
Basically, brilliant. As clever as the others here say, depending on the level you watch it, but maybe not subtle in the way some like to think. If you want a working definition of the military sci-fi I’ve been harping on about, this the one i refer you too. I just wish there were more examples like this.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 9 min (129 min)
Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Paul Verhoeven
Writer Edward Neumeier (screenplay), Robert A. Heinlein (book)
Actors Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations.
Production Company Touchstone Pictures, Big Bug Pictures, TriStar Pictures
Sound Mix DTS, SDDS (8 channels), Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Moviecam Compact, Zeiss Lenses, Arriflex Cameras, Zeiss Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,541 m (Sweden), 3,669 m
Negative Format 35 mm (also horizontal) (Eastman EXR 50D 5245, EXR 100T 5248, EXR 500T 5298)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2017 remaster), Spherical, VistaVision (visual effects)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 2386)