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"Starship Troopers"

The movie industry is already dubbing this as "Starship 90210" and "Melrose Space", compliments of Aaron Spelling's TV shows. And why not? After all, the performers at one time or another have been in his shows. You have never seen so many white teeth, blue eyes and luscious red lips mixed with so much blood and gore. Then the over excessive Paul Verhoeven piles on all kinds of bugs - small and monstrous, crawling, flying, fire breathing, even thinking bugs.

I think Verhoeven should get back to sex, quick. His "Showgirls" and "Basic Instinct" should tell him this. His cast ensemble of handsome and beautiful groupies is too much. I guess if you are seeking a foothold in Hollywood, you shouldn't knock it. So they take the job, like Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards. Who had the gall to ask what her motivation for one of her scenes was? Verhoeven's replied that this was an action film! It's about bugs killing people. Well that sums it up pretty good and the director ought to know. He is also quoted as saying that he wanted to make a movie about giant bugs. Clearly. I certainly hope he got that out of his system. At least "Men In Black" had the tongue-in-cheek hilarity of being high camp. They have translated Robert A. Heinlein's comic book classic of the fifties science fiction with so much gun-powder, that you are left reeling. The computer hi-tech images and models and miniature artwork of these technicians is the nightmare of a dream job.

Getting back to some of the members of the cast we must include Patrick Muldoon and Neil Patrick Harris. Harris can be seen to better advantage in the L.A. production of the musical production of "Rent". If you are a thrill-seeker, an addle pated of the comic mind mentality, your rocket to oblivion is waiting.

Starship Troopers
Touchstone Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Sony
Produced by: Alan Marshall, Jon Davison
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
With: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, Michael Ironside
Costume designer: Ellen Mirojnik
Music by: Basil Poledouris
Creature visual effects supervisor: Phil Tippett
Starship visual effects supervisor: Scott E. Anderson
Visual effects by: Amalgamated Dynamics Inc., Kevin Yagher
Edited by: Mark Goldblatt, Caroline Ross
Production designer: Allan Cameron
Director of photography: Jost Vacano
Screenplay by: Ed Neumeier
Based on the book by: Robert A. Heinlein
read the Berkley book
Rated: R

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Original Date Friday 7 November 1997
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