32. Starship Troopers (1997)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside, Patrick Muldoon
The first time we saw Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, the sight of giant alien bugs being riddled with bullets as military fighters died by the dozens earned the instant thumbs-up. The battle scenes, of which there are many, pulsate with glee; Starship Troopers is our chance to watch the controversial Dutch filmmaker indulge in war-time anarchy with the giddiness of a kid playing with G.I. Joe action figures.
But with repeated viewings, you can't help but notice what Starship Troopers is: satire. Not exactly what you'd expect from a movie starring Casper Van Dien, Neil Patrick Harris, and Denise Richards. This movie is about fascism, plain and simple. —MB