“Starship Troopers”: A satire of the world post 9/11?
Posted on July 12, 2011
Did anybody miss that Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers was a satire? Even Denise Richards is laughing at the fact that the film’s hyper reality is so over the top you can’t miss it unless your only source for information is Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor (and you actually agree with O’Reilly…).
The brilliant idea of using fake commercials to interrupt a film was first used by Verhoven in his classic Robocop (I especially love the “Nukem” board game) and later recycled for Starship Troopers. While the satire in the RoboCop commercials might have gone unnoticed for some, I really hope it didn’t in a propaganda newsreel like this one in Troopers:
A lot has happened since the film was released almost 15 years ago and maybe those newsreels are too close for comfort today. On that topic, Andrew Gordon over at Cracked just posted an interesting article called “6 Mind Blowing Ways ‘Starship Troopers Predicted the Future” which examines how closely the film’s events mirror the events of the War on Terror so far. There are so many similarities that Gordon’s theory of Verhoeven being a time traveler almost seems plausible! Anyway, read it, it’s good stuff.