Starship Troopers


Starship TroopersStarship Troopers is a 1997 Academy Award nominated science-fiction-action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, written by Edward Neumeier, and starring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer and Denise Richards. The movie is loosely based on the controversial novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein.
In the future, with interstellar travel and a galactic government known as the United Citizen Federation, humans are at war with an alien race from the planet Klendathu named the Arachnids, or "Bugs" for short. John D. "Johnny" Rico, his girlfriend Carmen, and best friend Carl are all graduating from high school in Buenos Aires; Carmen and Carl both enlist in the military service to become full citizens after their tenure. Johnny, wanting to follow Carmen, goes against his parents' demands and enlists himself. However, he finds that his grades are too low to join Carmen in Flight School, and he is assigned to the Mobile Infantry. There, he and the rest of the recruits are drilled by Career Sergeant Zim. Johnny shows himself to be an outstanding leader, and is assigned head of his squad. He also meets an old high school classmate, "Dizzy" Flores, who specifically requested transfer to Johnny's unit, as she is infatuated with him. Johnny learns that Carmen is happy with her training and has met up with his old high-school rival, named Zander, who is helping her learn the ropes. Her decision to make the fleet her career dashes Johnny's dreams. After a training incident in which one of his squad is killed, Johnny is demoted from squad leader and publicly flogged. As Johnny is telling his parents via videophone that he is preparing to quit the Infantry the transmission is interrupted: a huge asteroid launched from Klendathu has struck Earth, destroying Buenos Aires and killing his parents. As invasion plans are made, Johnny decides to stay with the Infantry.
Starship Troopers
The Federation's forces attempt a full-out invasion of Klendathu, which turns into an unmitigated disaster due to a critical underestimation of the Bugs' combat abilities. Bug Plasma discharges from the surface, which were thought to be harmless, turn out to be a devastating surface-to-space barrage that destroys much of the Fleet. Cut off from air support, the Mobile Infantry is further swarmed by Bug warriors on the surface, whose abilities they had also underestimated. Over 100,000 troops are killed before a general retreat can be made. Johnny's squad is almost wiped out, Johnny himself requiring surgery and several days of treatment to recover. Back on Earth, Federation scientists are baffled by the Bugs' use of intelligent military tactics and postulate that there must be an as-yet-unseen leadership caste of "Brain Bugs" that serve as generals for the Arachnids.


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