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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Movie Review: Starship Troopers

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From time to time here at The Monkey Dog Cafe, I intend to do standard reviews of various things: Music, Games, Porn (well, maybe not, who knows?), and others, such as Movies. The movie de jour is a fantastic film known by the unassuming name of Starship Troopers. And what a film!

It starts off with what seems like a news report, or perhaps a recruting clip. Anyone who watches the film will notice a, well, campie attitude. Think World War 3,000 and you'll understand what I mean. Even the dullest wit will see a razor sharp line drawn between the propaganda of yesteryear and what is going on in the movie.

Now, normaly I hate war films. That's correct, I didn't even like Full Metel Jacket much (it was ok). But something about adding lasers to a film always seems to make it better, just like ninjas. Yep, this is a war film that I like.

Everything in it from the characters to the sets is very well done, considering the budget allotted. The FX arn't the best in the world, but they're WAY more then adequite. All told it's a very pretty film. I can't think of any big name actors in it, but the guy who played Luke Skywalker (http://www.markhamill.com/) proved that you don't have to be big name to make a lasting impact. Even if you're never in another film people have heard of again. Poor Mark...

But anyway, it's a great film. It really seems to portray the mortality of being in the army, while not getting dogged down too much. Sure, it's a bit tongue-in-cheek at times, but hey, at least it's fun. My Sweets and I had one decent night curled up on the couch watching it. GREAT film for any Sci-Fi lover. And if you're a War Buff, check it out. It might be worth your time.

And read the paperback if you get the chance. You won't regret it!

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