Underappreciated at the time of its release, Paul Verhoeven
’s 1997 intergalactic war film Starship Troopers
has since gained a cult following amongst sci-fi fans for its satirical take on jingoistic nationalism, the self-perpetuating military war machine and the temptations of fascism. It is told primarily from the perspective of Johnny Rico
(a firm-jawed Casper Van Dien
) who rises up through the ranks of the Mobile Infantry during their interstellar battle with an alien species of giant insects known as the “Arachnids”.
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On the one hand, Starship Troopers
is a fun, special-effects-heavy kickass ultraviolent space action movie. But it is also a movie that rewards repeat viewings. Luckily for fans of Starship Troopers
, there are plenty of other films out there that use the genre conventions of sci-fi to reflect on present-day issues. Here are ten more sci-fi classics that combine high-octane action with satirical social commentary.