Film Reviews, Short Review

Starship Troopers (1997)

3.5/4

By now, pretty much everyone with half a brain cell is aware that Starship Troopers is meant to be a satire. What everyone still isn’t sure about is whether the film is good satire or not. I am firmly in the former camp. This is an admittedly simplistic but otherwise accurate examination of how fascist and militaristic tendencies in a society work. Back home in Serbia, we have multitudes of people like the film’s lead Casper van Dien, and a fair few disgusting old ‘intellectuals’ like Michael Ironside’s professor-turned-warrior. The film is a perfectly accurate representation of the ideal that Serbian ultranationalists propagate, even if its initial target is American militarism. Then again, such simplistic worldviews don’t exactly require complex representations, do they?

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