Starship Troopers is a 1997 American satirical military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier.

The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit. Rico’s military career progresses from recruit to NCO and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an insectoid species known as “Arachnids”.

In the 23rd century, Earth has become a spacefaring federation. While colonizing new planets, humans have encountered an insectoid species known as Arachnids or “Bugs”, with their home being the distant world Klendathu. The bugs appear to be little more than killing machines, though there are suggestions that they were provoked by the intrusion of humans into their habitats.

In 2012, Slant Magazine ranked the film #20 on its list of the 100 Best Films of the 1990s.


Starship troopers is one of the best little scifi action movies with a message. It is well worth a watch. I did not like any of the sequels so I will not be mentioning any of them. Yes this includes the anime interpretation. I sat through that and… The fact that I am not even listing titles should tell you a lot about how I feel about them.

Now back to starship troopers, it takes a simple right of passage story and turns it into a wonderful piece of commentary on war and propaganda. I loved watching this movie when it first came out and I love watching it now. Excellent movie…. I just loved the campiness of it all.

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