Starship Troopers seems to encompass the typical generated Hollywood film. The film has no real big actors; the film has a huge budget with tons of special effects and a rather uneducated plot to the movie. The film was promoted weeks in advance, coming out with the action figures, the bug fighting ships and guns galore, one could say without any authority on the matter that this film was made to make money without any artistic means behind it.
However, even though Starship Troopers is a film that seems very Hollywoodized and uninformed, one could discover through much investigation that this film promotes a Feminine-fascist, pro-military theme which is screened behind its dim-witted style. This is illustrated through a Star Wars analogy, the pro-military infomercials and the pro-feminine themes throughout the film. Starship Troopers was and is an enormously popular movie. It had a budget of over 100 million dollars which quite a bit of it was spent on special effects for the film.
The film is not a comedy or a drama it is your typical Hollywood action flick, filled with horrible lines, bad acting and a lot of explosions. This is a kind of movie that people go and see just to zone out and relax. The film was very popular due to the amount of marketing that they did prior to its release. The film was also a huge summer success and made millions of dollars, despite the standard plot. Starship Troopers is a film about the coming of age of three recently graduated high school students.
The story begins with the three students in class; this is a very odd class because the teacher is talking about odd subjects, such as “how to become a civilian” and “the idea of going into the military”. From here these three students make their voyage into the military because it is basically the right thing to do if you want to get ahead in life. The story then focuses on Rico, who is the main character and how he saves the earth from these horrible bug invaders. The plot of the film is very typical; it can be compared to many other films including Star Wars.
Basically Rico wants to go into the mobile infantry but his parents won’t let him so he rebels and does what he wants. This can be compared to Luke joining the Jedi warriors in his fight to bring down evil. And also very similarly both Luke’s and Rico’s parents are murdered by the enemy, so what do they do? They both decide to avenge their parents death and fight the evildoers. This plot borrowing really shows the audience how easy it is to create another movie using the same pretense. Maybe the director of the film was trying to show his audience that Hollywood uses plots and themes like this to exploit its audience and make money.
However the plot may have an underlying current that is screened behind its easily generated plot. Stylistically the movie uses short camera takes and fast paced shots to emphasize an action packed, excitement stressed film. The film also uses close up shots to express how ridiculous the movie is. The director uses this style to really stress how absurd the plot to the film really is. The film is so bad in parts that it urges the audience to laugh at how horrible the acting is. The director might have been using this ridiculous acting and lines to front its fascist themes throughout the film.
The film is highly fascist and militaristic. Basically the film stresses that the only way to get ahead in life is to join the military. As Rico signs up for the infantry he talks to another soldier who was in the army himself. The man gets up and shakes his hand saying “the mobile infantry made me the man I am today”, however what the audience sees is a man with a motorized hand and shoulder which had obviously been blown off while he was serving. The film also promotes the military in weird sort of propaganda style of infomercials that appear ever so often throughout the film.
These infomercials discuss how to join and why to join stating that “everyone is doing their part” while the audience looks at a scene of execution by the bugs. These infomercials have very funny scenes in them, like children playing with guns, old women killing small bugs and hundreds of infantry lined up with their guns getting ready to go to war. The militaristic theme really comes out with the extreme violence and gore throughout the film. The film is very violent so much that it numbs the audience.
This seems to be what the director precisely is trying to say with the amount of violence in the film. Violence is ever so prevalent and very brutal, the infomercials show live executions of criminals, executions of bugs that are tied up and massacred with machine guns. There is a scene in the movie when a news anchor is covering the battle scene and right in the middle of his coverage he is attacked by a bug and killed on camera. To display the fascist theme there are many generals and public figures saying that the “bugs must die and that the we as humans must eliminate their race”?