Starship Troopers

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Starship Troopers is a 1997 science fiction military movie by Paul Verhoeven. The plot is about a future conflict between humans an alien bug-like race of bugs that apparently want to destroy us. The story follows some young recruits who enter military service just in time for the conflict to escalate. We watch them change as they go through the war.

The framing of the story, however, is a form of satire. The future civilization is clearly fascist and the story itself is a form of self-admiring military adventurism, the literature of the fascist civilization justifying itself. The documentary style of the movie makes this clear, though it can be watched as a straightforward military adventure movie as well.

The title of the movie ties to a book by Robert A. Heinlein, however the script began as an independent project and was licensed to the book later on. The influence of Heinlein over the director was actually negative, Verhoeven tried reading the book but did not like it. In fact, the book has many of the fascist overtones of the movie, but without the satire.

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