When it was released Starship Troopers had an enormous budget ($105 million in 1997). But while today the special effects, nominated for an Oscar, show their age the message is more relevant than ever, even when it is offered over and over.
The story, of a conflicted recruit rising through the ranks of a future military battling an alien bent on destroying earth, is based on the book of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein. What wasn’t in the book is the cheesiness and irony offered with a wink and a nod.
Featuring such actors as Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris and Michael Ironside, Starship Troopers is a parable of the original Gulf War. But it is scary how well it works as a parable for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan that started six years after the movies release.
That said, even with the tongue-in-cheek humor and flat-out comedy, the message is hammered so hard into you that halfway through the movie you want to shout “Okay! I get it already!” at the screen.