Director Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls, Total Recall) reunited many from his 1987 Robocop team for this $100-million science fiction adventure, adapted from Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 novel, originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (October-November, 1959). After graduation, Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) volunteers for the Mobile Infantry to do his Federal service -- but also to win over his girlfriend, Carmen Ibanez (Denise Richards), who has signed with the Fleet Academy to become a starship pilot. Johnny joins other boot-camp recruits -- Dizzy Flores (Dina Meyer), who has had a crush on Johnny since school, and Ace Levy (Jake Busey). Ace and Johnny become pals, and Johnny's abilities earn him the squad leader position. A training accident occurs on Johnny's watch, and he is about to resign when Earth is attacked by alien insects intent on eradicating all human life. Johnny's home, Buenos Aires, is no longer on the map. Horrified, he chooses to stay on and fight to destroy the insect threat. The Mobile Infantry travels to the planet Klendathu to battle the warrior bugs, a ruthless enemy with only one goal -- survival of their species no matter what. In the initial encounter, some 100,000 lives are lost. At a distant fort, Johnny's unit discovers that the bugs drain brains to acquire knowledge. Soon they are overwhelmed by an advancing arthropod army of immense proportions, attacking both in space and on the planet surface. The notion of human extinction becomes a possibility. For this $100-million production, some 300 artists and technicians combined models and miniatures with CGI effects to fashion a variety of creatures -- from breeder bugs to armored tanker bugs. The film employed hundreds of extras and has over 500 visual effects shots. Filming began 4/29/96 in California (LA and Long Beach, where Cal State's pyramid gym was used for the Jumpball game), New York, South Dakota, Wyoming (Casper, Hell's Half Acre), and Utah (an abandoned Wendover airstrip where the Enola Gay WWII bomber crew trained). At an abandoned airfield in Fountain Valley, California, an elaborate set was constructed to resemble a military boot camp of the future -- complete with an array of pup tents, gull-winged spaceships, hurdle obstacle course, and training facility buildings. Cinematography by Jost Vacano (Showgirls). Licensed products include Lewis Galoob Inc. toys.~Bhob Stewart
Ten years after Robocop Paul Verhoeven does it again, a fantastic social commentary wrapped in an entertaining sci-fi adventure! Signature ultraviolence as satire, characters almost as caricatures at times highlighting the absurd, so much fun! Just don't expect a faithful adaptation of the great Heinlein novel, this is certainly not that.
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Everyone has a favorite movie that everyone else hates. This is mine. I read the book; and if you were a 14 year old boy in the second half of the 20th century, it would be the most awesome sci-fi book ever, because it fits the 14-year-old's fantasy of high tech armies fighting monsters. I like monster movies, and I know they tend to be very cheesy -- this movie is no exception.
Twenty years ago, most critics and film goers misunderstood this satirical masterpiece as a glorification of fascism. This film is the exact opposite of that false narrative. This film shows how fascism uses patriotism and blind obedience to hold power. It shows how 'sexy' and appealing fascism can seem to be. With everything going on in the world today, this film is as timely as ever. It was just twenty years ahead of its time.
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