Starship Troopers (1997)

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Pickford Film Center Tue, Aug 16 7:30 PM
Film Info
Reason for rating:Graphic sci-fi violence and gore, some language and nudity
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Country of Origin:USA
Genre:Science Fiction


Shock and Awe, a 2-film series: curated & introduced by Brandon Wilson & co-presented w/ American Cinematheque

Directed by Paul Verhoeven
"It is easy to think you’re smarter than Starship Troopers but that’s a mistake. Even though it was released in the Clinton Era, no film more accurately foretold the Dubya Era & its cycle of terrorism giving way to military adventurism like Verhoeven’s adaptation of the Robert A. Heinlein novel. Verhoeven drew on his memories of growing up in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands to tell a story which he sums up as “war makes fascists of us all.” We follow a group of teenagers from their utopian high school days & watch them become hardened warriors for their totalitarian state after a devastating attack from an insectoid alien race. Mixing satire, dazzling special effects & Verhoeven’s impressive staging of combat, the film blurs the line between rousing American action films & fascist propaganda in a way we now understand all too clearly." ~Brandon Wilson