reply to post by redbarron626
While many people say that the "book was better" or "they ruined the book", in this case, the movie was like the book in only superficial,
thematic ways (and of course in name). When I read the Heinlein work, it was years after I had seen the movie (maybe 1999? - can't remember), and I
took a pause from the story because I was not seeing the similarity with the story I thought it was. In fact, I recall thinking, wow, this guy
(Heinlein) actualy wants
this reality - whereas the filmmakers where lampooning it. I'll have to dust off the book and give it a re-read and I
may have to rethink watching the third movie in the trilogy after this post. I remembered liking Starship troopers the first time I saw it, on
someone's DVD player in a dark dorm room in fall of 99, when DVDs were new and 9/11 hadn't happened yet. I recall thinking how the movie was clearly
poking fun at war in general. I did not get that impression when I read the book.
On another side note, the movie Gamer is another over-the-top, cheesy commercialized sci-fi pic that actually does a lot of contemporary societal
soul-searching (Private prisons, surveillance and voyeurism in our culture, overstimulation/overenterainment, wealth privilege, etc.).