Starship Troopers Released in the US
Starship Troopers is a Dutch-American 1997 military science fiction film, written by Robert A. Heinlein (novel) and Edward Neumeier (screenplay), directed by Dutchman Paul Verhoeven.
It was the first of three films released in the Starship troopers franchise. The film had a budget estimated around 100 million US dollars, grossing over 105 million dollars.
The first-person narrative is about a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit equipped with powered armor. Rico's military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an arachnoid species known as "the Bugs". Through Rico's eyes, we examine moral and philosophical aspects of suffrage, civic virtue, the necessities of war and capital punishment, and the nature of juvenile delinquency.
Starship Troopers was nominated for an Academy Award in 1998. The film has attracted controversy and criticism for its social and political themes, which some critics claim promote militarism. The film received mostly positive reviews from major movie critics.