5 "Would you like to know more?"farnzy | 30/05/2007 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Starship Troopers has only Saving Private Ryan to rival it in terms of mainstream violence. Like that film the bloodshed is absolutely intrinsic to the narrative and the underlying themes of young sacrifice in times of war.However unlike Ryan Starship Troopers is seen by the majority as gratuitous in the way it puts it soldiers through the meat grinder-but thats the point. It may be a science-fiction film on the surface, but yet again Verhoeven critiques the American cultural and military hegemony, not only of this world but of others.Argentina resembles the O.C. and its English speaking Latino set are inducted into war via Gridiron and a Michael Ironside straight out of All Quiet on the Western Front.Verhoeven makes his new recruits look stunning and then proceeds to put them through training and then war. He dispatches them in all manner of bloodthirsty ways-victims not only of the bugs but of the neo-Facist system which sent them there.The cast are terrific. They act in a wooden day-time soap style, over confident and overbearing which only adds to their comic, but horrific demises.