It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend a slice of top movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Starship Troopers.

A fascist future society sends an army of teen soldiers into battle against a horde of alien insects. Would you like to know more?

Director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, RoboCop), never known for his subtlety, turned Robert A. Heinlein’s controversial ’50s novel into one of the best sci-fi spectacles of the nineties. It also represented a giant leap forward in CGI effects, which still hold up today. In between numerous jaw-dropping battles with the arachnid enemy, you get the pouty Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris in a Gestapo trench coat, and the great Michael Ironside. Superficially, Starship Troopers is a big, noisy sci-fi blockbuster, but look deeper and you’ll discover a sly military satire lurking beneath the explosive set pieces and slimy creature FX. “The only good bug is a dead bug!”

Four reasons why Starship Troopers rocks

1. The bugs – from colossal beetles that fart starship-destroying plasma into orbit, to the cranium-draining Brain Bug.

2. The attack on the Whisky Outpost, in which a massive swarm moves in like a tribe of angry zulu warriors.

3. The quirky infomercials – modelled on WWII propaganda shorts – that punctuate the action.

4. It has one of those bombastic speeches that’s delivered prior to engaging the enemy: “We must meet the threat with valour, our blood, indeed our very lives, to ensure that human civilisation, not insect, dominates this galaxy now and always.”

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