What: Paul Verhoven makes a scathing satire of the science fiction classic. Space marines kill bugs.
Directed by: Paul Verhoven
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, Nieil Patrick Harriss
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The Movie is a Satire of the Book
Heinlein wrote what amounted to military propaganda. Picture Heinlein as the teacher with the missing arm.
Verhoven Dislikes Militarism and Fascism
Not a surprise for someone who grew up in Nazi-occupied Holland. He thought the book was disgusting and wouldn’t finish reading it – had someone else tell him what happened.
Society at Constant War
Propaganda. Othering. Resources all in to the military-industrial complex. Militarism. Fascism.
Insectoid Aliens and Intelligence
Hive minds. Brain straws. Pheromone communication. Intelligent bugs. Higher-oxygen atmosphere.
Exo-suits, insterstellar travel, shooting projectiles across the galaxy. Drones? Where are the drones?
Exo-suits, from the book, would close the gap for war purposes. Co-ed showers. Norway and Israeli conscripting women.
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