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ladies_NNS
and_CC
gentlemen_NNS
,_,
1997_CD
's_POS
independence_NN
day_NN
is_BEZ
here_RB
!_!
it_PP
's_BEZ
title_NN
:_:
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
._.
and_CC
surprisingly_RB
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
more_DT
entertaining_JJ
than_CS
id4_???
._.
i_PP
realize_VB
that_CS
i_PP
gave_VBD
last_OD
year_NN
's_POS
sci-fi_???
hit_NN
a_DT
4_CD
star_NN
rating_NN
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
was_BEDZ
under_IN
the_DT
spell_NN
of_IN
the_DT
powerful_JJ
first_OD
hour_NN
._.
after_IN
subsequent_JJ
viewings_NNS
,_,
i_PP
feel_VB
that_CS
independence_NN
day_NN
really_RB
wasn't_BEDZ
as_IN
great_JJ
as_CS
it_PP
seemed--though_RB
i_PP
still_RB
give_VB
it_PP
a_DT
positive_JJ
review_NN
._.
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
has_HVZ
a_DT
mocking_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
humor_NN
,_,
knowing_VBG
perfectly_RB
well_RB
how_WRB
ridiculous_JJ
it_PP
may_MD
seem_VB
._.
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
,_,
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
more_DT
exciting_JJ
,_,
energetic_JJ
,_,
and_CC
lively_JJ
science_NN
fiction_NN
film_NN
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
i_PP
probably_RB
could_MD
never_RB
get_VB
tired_JJ
of_IN
watching_VBG
this_DT
film_NN
._.
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
very_RB
reminiscient_JJ
of_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
,_,
another_DT
kick-ass_NN
space_NN
opera_NN
which_WDT
reinvented_VBD
the_DT
sci-fi_???
drama_NN
altogether_RB
._.
while_CS
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
no_DT
star_NN
wars_NNS
,_,
it_PP
comes_VBZ
quite_RB
close_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
easiest_JJS
assessment_NN
would_MD
be_BE
to_IN
call_NN
this_DT
film_NN
:_:
"_"
the_DT
'star_NN
wars_NNS
'_"
of_IN
the_DT
90s_CD
._.
"_"
am_BEM
i_PP
being_BEG
to_IN
generous_JJ
to_IN
this_DT
film_NN
?_?
perhaps_RB
,_,
but_CC
when_CS
a_DT
science_NN
fiction_NN
film_NN
comes_VBZ
along_IN
that_DT
can_MD
mix_VB
humor_NN
and_CC
romance_NN
,_,
effectively_RB
,_,
into_IN
the_DT
warring_JJ
races_NNS
._.
in_IN
essence_NN
,_,
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
science_NN
fiction_NN
equivolence_NN
of_IN
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
._.
the_DT
easiest_JJS
way_NN
to_IN
write_VB
a_NP
review_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
would_MD
be_BE
to_IN
compare_VB
it_NN
to_IN
other_JJ
science_NN
fiction_NN
films_NNS
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
may_MD
have_HV
to_TO
._.
starship_JJ
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
quite_RB
an_DT
original_JJ
film_NN
persay_NP
,_,
but_CC
director_NN
paul_NP
verhoeven_NP
gives_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
a_DT
"_"
kick-the-aliens_NNS
'_"
-asses_NNS
"_"
style_NN
._.
id4_???
had_HVD
this_DT
same_DT
style_NN
,_,
except_CS
it_PP
was_BEDZ
forced_VBN
,_,
most_DT
likely_JJ
the_DT
cause_NN
of_IN
will_NN
smith_NP
having_HVG
a_DT
major_JJ
role_NN
._.
this_DT
new_JJ
"_"
star_NN
wars_NNS
"_"
has_HVZ
a_DT
very_RB
simple_JJ
,_,
basic_JJ
plot_NN
:_:
mankind_NN
vs_IN
._.
an_DT
alien_NN
species_NN
._.
the_DT
alien_NN
species_NN
in_IN
question_NN
here_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
bugs_NNS
,_,
a_DT
seemingly_RB
advanced_JJ
civilization_NN
of_IN
arachnid-type_NN
insects_NNS
._.
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
underlying_JJ
morals_NNS
of_IN
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
are_BER
fleshed_VBN
out_RP
with_IN
deadly_JJ
accuracy_NN
._.
sometimes_RB
the_DT
morals_NNS
are_BER
buried_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
bloody_JJ
violence_NN
and_CC
intense_JJ
action_NN
scenes_NNS
,_,
but_CC
during_IN
quiet_JJ
moments_NNS
,_,
we_PP
realize_VB
that_CS
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
has_HVZ
something_PN
to_TO
tell_VB
us_PP
about_IN
our_PP$
civilization_NN
._.
more_DT
than_CS
likely_JJ
,_,
these_DT
morals_NNS
will_MD
be_BE
overpowered_VBN
and_CC
quickly_RB
forgotten_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
time_NN
the_DT
movie_NN
ends_NNS
._.
and_CC
they_PP
should_MD
be_BE
._.
i_PP
doubt_VB
verhoeven_JJ
intended_JJ
this_DT
film_NN
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
thought-provoking_NN
film_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
an_DT
"_"
event_NN
"_"
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
surprisingly_RB
above_IN
average_JJ
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
extremely_RB
refreshing_JJ
to_IN
watch_NN
a_DT
sci-fi_???
war_NN
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
actually_RB
root_NN
for_IN
the_DT
human_JJ
side_NN
(_(
something_PN
independence_NN
day_NN
never_RB
achieved_VBN
)_)
._.
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
begins_VBZ
with_IN
a_DT
satirical_JJ
portrayal_NN
of_IN
those_DT
strange_JJ
"_"
join_VB
the_DT
army_NN
"_"
ads_???
._.
mixing_NN
a_DT
web-based_JJ
interface_NN
,_,
these_DT
summations_NNS
of_IN
events_NNS
are_BER
refreshingly_RB
original_JJ
._.
stating_VBG
,_,
"_"
would_MD
you_PP
like_VB
to_TO
know_VB
more_DT
?_?
"_"
,_,
these_DT
short_JJ
news_NN
bulletins_NNS
give_VB
the_DT
film_NN
an_DT
immediate_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
humor_NN
,_,
and_CC
we_PP
know_VB
we_PP
should_MD
not_XNOT
take_VB
it_PP
seriously_RB
._.
however_RB
,_,
we_PP
also_RB
witness_VB
the_DT
murder_NN
of_IN
several_DT
troopers_NNS
in_IN
battle_NN
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
gory_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
funny_JJ
,_,
way_NN
._.
after_IN
witnessing_VBG
the_DT
slaughter_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
jumps_VBZ
back_RP
one_CD
year_NN
,_,
to_IN
setup_???
what_WDT
we_PP
just_RB
saw_VBD
._.
we_PP
are_BER
introduced_VBN
to_IN
johnny_NP
rico_NP
(_(
casper_JJR
van_NN
dien_???
)_(
and_CC
carmen_NP
ibanez_NP
(_(
denise_NP
richards_NP
)_)
._.
rico_NP
flirts_NNS
with_IN
carmen_NP
by_IN
sending_VBG
her_PP$
messages_NNS
over_IN
computer_NN
terminals_NNS
in_IN
school_NN
classrooms_NNS
._.
however_RB
,_,
carmen_NP
isn't_BEZ
as_IN
interested_JJ
in_IN
rico_NP
as_IN
she_PP
is_BEZ
in_IN
becoming_VBG
a_DT
pilot_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
another_DT
classmate_JJ
,_,
dizzy_JJ
flores_FW
(_(
dina_???
meyer_NP
)_)
,_,
has_HVZ
her_PP$
eye_NN
on_IN
rico_NP
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
rico_NP
isn't_BEZ
interested_JJ
in_IN
dizzy_JJ
._.
this_DT
setup_???
is_BEZ
rather_RB
cliched_VBN
,_,
as_CS
is_BEZ
the_DT
result_NN
of_IN
the_DT
setup_???
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
still_RB
is_BEZ
fun_JJ
to_TO
watch_VB
._.
carmen_NP
signs_NNS
up_RP
to_IN
become_VB
a_NP
starship_NN
trooper_NN
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
,_,
rico_NP
signs_NNS
up_RP
._.
and_CC
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
,_,
dizzy_JJ
signs_NNS
up_RP
._.
everyone_PN
is_BEZ
assigned_VBN
a_DT
certain_JJ
position_NN
in_IN
the_DT
academy_NN
:_:
carmen_NP
gets_VBZ
the_DT
pilot_NN
position_NN
she_PP
wanted_VBD
,_,
carl_NP
jenkins_NP
(_(
neil_NP
patrick_NP
harris_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
psychic_JJ
,_,
gets_VBZ
a_DT
position_NN
in_IN
the_DT
training_NN
program_NN
,_,
and_CC
rico_NP
is_BEZ
left_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
lowest_JJS
class_NN
of_IN
the_DT
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
:_:
the_DT
mobile_JJ
infantry_NN
._.
the_DT
main_JJ
story_NN
follows_VBZ
rico_NP
through_IN
his_PP$
trials_NNS
and_CC
relationships_NNS
._.
in_IN
reality_NN
,_,
i_PP
found_VBD
myself_PPX
watching_VBG
a_DT
space_NN
version_NN
of_IN
"_"
melrose_NN
place_NN
,_,
"_"
but_CC
with_IN
better_JJR
special_JJ
effects_NNS
._.
an_DT
hour_NN
into_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
the_DT
war_NN
begins_VBZ
._.
a_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
tension_NN
grew_VBD
in_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
i_PP
watched_VBD
this_DT
film_NN
with_IN
._.
the_DT
first_OD
hour_NN
may_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
a_DT
funny_JJ
(_(
sometimes_RB
unintentionally_RB
)_)
setup_???
,_,
but_CC
we_PP
grew_VBD
to_IN
care_NN
for_IN
the_DT
flat_NN
characters_NNS
,_,
because_CS
no_DT
matter_NN
how_WRB
hard_JJ
i_PP
tried_VBD
not_XNOT
to_TO
like_VB
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
their_PP$
gorgeous_JJ
looks_NNS
won_VBD
me_PP
over_IN
(_(
call_NN
me_NN
superficial_JJ
,_,
if_CS
you_PP
must_MD
)_(
._.
following_IN
the_DT
training_NN
sessions_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
had_HVD
many_DT
dramas_NNS
in_IN
themselves_PPX
(_(
too_RB
many_DT
to_IN
mention_NN
here_RB
)_)
,_,
the_DT
troopers_NNS
are_BER
sent_VBN
to_IN
war_NN
._.
the_DT
bugs_NNS
live_VB
on_IN
the_DT
planet_NN
klendathu_NP
,_,
a_DT
planet_NN
which_WDT
consists_VBZ
of_IN
dirt_NN
and_CC
rock_NN
,_,
and_CC
pretty_RB
much_DT
nothing_PN
else_RB
._.
many_DT
dramas_NNS
occur_VB
during_IN
the_DT
war_NN
,_,
until_CS
finally_RB
the_DT
troopers_NNS
realize_VB
that_CS
their_PP$
is_BEZ
something_PN
behind_IN
the_DT
bugs_NNS
'_"
attacks_NNS
._.
a_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
intelligence_NN
which_WDT
masterminds_VBZ
the_DT
defense_NN
._.
the_DT
troopers_NNS
are_BER
ordered_VBN
to_IN
locate_VB
the_DT
"_"
brain_NN
"_"
and_CC
capture_VB
it_PP
._.
i_PP
hopefully_RB
left_VBD
the_DT
plot_NN
as_IN
vague_JJ
as_CS
possible_JJ
,_,
because_CS
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
about_IN
plot_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
about_IN
special_JJ
effects_NNS
and_CC
gory_JJ
violence_NN
._.
director_NN
verhoeven_NP
,_,
most_DT
known_VBN
for_IN
his_PP$
nudie_NN
film_NN
showgirls_NNS
and_CC
basic_JJ
instinct_NN
,_,
returns_NNS
to_IN
his_PP$
sci-fi_???
days_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
gave_VBD
us_PP
good_JJ
films_NNS
like_IN
total_JJ
recall_NN
._.
verhoeven_NP
likes_VBZ
to_IN
push_NN
the_DT
envelope_NN
of_IN
the_DT
mpaa_???
,_,
but_CC
despite_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
violence_NN
,_,
the_DT
comic_NN
book_NN
feel_VB
gives_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
a_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
falsehood_NN
._.
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
extremely_RB
violent_JJ
,_,
with_IN
more_DT
gore_NP
than_CS
this_DT
year_NN
's_POS
event_NN
horizon_NN
._.
the_DT
r_NN
rating_NN
is_BEZ
well_RB
deserved_JJ
,_,
and_CC
hopefully_RB
parents_NNS
will_MD
not_XNOT
allow_VB
their_PP$
12_CD
year_NN
old_JJ
children_NNS
to_IN
see_NN
it_PP
._.
my_PP$
guess_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
verhoeven_NP
's_POS
target_NN
audience_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
25_CD
to_IN
25_CD
male_JJ
group_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
testosterone_NN
level_NN
off_IN
the_DT
charts_NNS
,_,
with_IN
chiseled_JJ
men_NNS
and_CC
beautiful_JJ
women_NNS
._.
despite_IN
these_DT
superficial_JJ
elements_NNS
,_,
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
also_RB
creates_VBZ
a_DT
world_NN
which_WDT
made_VBD
star_NN
wars_NNS
so_RB
successful_JJ
._.
while_CS
watching_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
we_PP
never_RB
second_OD
guess_NN
the_DT
character_NN
's_POS
decisions_NNS
because_CS
they_PP
seem_VB
perfectly_RB
clear_JJ
._.
thankfully_RB
,_,
no_DT
hero_NN
is_BEZ
punching_VBG
aliens_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
face_NN
,_,
which_WDT
gives_VBZ
the_DT
flat_NN
characters_NNS
some_DT
depth_NN
for_IN
which_WDT
we_PP
can_MD
identify_VB
with_IN
._.
the_DT
cast_NN
of_IN
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
quite_RB
annoying_VBG
to_IN
begin_VB
with_IN
,_,
but_CC
they_PP
soon_RB
grow_VB
on_IN
you_PP
._.
casper_JJR
van_NN
dien_???
has_HVZ
the_DT
chiseled_JJ
facial_JJ
features_NNS
and_CC
tan_JJ
skin_NN
which_WDT
will_MD
make_VB
most_DT
girls_NNS
swoon_VB
._.
to_IN
most_DT
guys_NNS
,_,
he_PP
will_MD
come_VB
across_IN
as_CS
artificial_JJ
._.
fortunately_RB
,_,
van_NP
dien_???
is_BEZ
the_DT
worst_JJS
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
,_,
despite_IN
how_WRB
hard_JJ
he_PP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
come_VBN
off_IN
as_IN
a_DT
real_JJ
character_NN
._.
dina_???
meyer_NP
does_DOZ
a_DT
much_DT
better_RBR
job_NN
of_IN
fleshing_VBG
out_RP
her_PP$
character_NN
._.
her_PP
dizzy_JJ
is_BEZ
extremely_RB
likeable_JJ
._.
denise_NP
richards_NP
also_RB
does_DOZ
a_DT
good_JJ
job_NN
,_,
and_CC
her_PP$
scenes_NNS
are_BER
very_RB
well_RB
done_DON
._.
jake_NP
busey_NP
,_,
gary_NP
busey_NP
's_POS
son_NN
,_,
gives_VBZ
a_DT
wonderfully_RB
funny_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
and_CC
provides_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
biggest_JJS
laughs_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
neil_NP
patrick_NP
harris_NP
(_(
remember_VB
,_,
he_PP
was_BEDZ
doogie_NP
howser_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
little_JJ
wooden_JJ
,_,
and_CC
slightly_RB
out_RP
of_IN
place_NN
with_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
he_PP
does_DOZ
give_VB
a_DT
good_JJ
performance_NN
._.
michael_NP
ironside_NP
gives_VBZ
the_DT
best_JJS
performance_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
as_IN
the_DT
teacher_NN
with_IN
one_CD
arm_NN
._.
his_PP$
performance_NN
rises_NNS
above_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
._.
perhaps_RB
it_PP
is_BEZ
because_CS
his_PP$
character_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
developed_JJ
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
think_VB
it_PP
is_BEZ
just_RB
ironside_NP
's_POS
presence_NN
on_IN
screen_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
no_DT
particular_JJ
cast_NN
member_NN
gives_VBZ
a_DT
star-making_NN
performance_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
too_RB
bad_JJ
because_CS
the_DT
material_NN
here_RB
could_MD
have_HV
made_VBN
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
members_NNS
stars_NNS
._.
director_NN
verhoeven_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
main_JJ
star_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
his_PP$
direction_NN
is_BEZ
fast_RB
and_CC
unrelentless_NN
._.
he_PP
never_RB
slows_VBZ
down_RP
his_PP$
pace_NN
,_,
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
for_IN
a_DT
wild_JJ
ride_NN
._.
writer_NN
edward_NP
neumeier_RBR
adapted_VBN
the_DT
screenplay_NN
from_IN
the_DT
book_NN
by_IN
robert_NP
heinlein_NP
._.
the_DT
writing_NN
is_BEZ
usually_RB
very_RB
funny_JJ
,_,
and_CC
sometimes_RB
very_RB
corny_JJ
._.
the_DT
dialogue_NN
is_BEZ
smart_JJ
but_CC
not_XNOT
too_RB
smart_JJ
._.
we_PP
aren't_BER
required_VBN
to_IN
know_VB
everything_PN
,_,
but_CC
some_DT
plot_NN
holes_NNS
are_BER
left_VBN
unanswered_JJ
._.
thankfully_RB
we_PP
are_BER
not_XNOT
intended_VBN
to_IN
notice_NN
,_,
and_CC
we_PP
really_RB
don't_DO
(_(
except_CS
for_IN
one_CD
which_WDT
lingered_VBD
in_IN
my_PP$
mind_NN
for_IN
quite_RB
a_DT
while_CS
)_(
._.
amazingly_RB
,_,
with_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
wars_NNS
and_CC
romance_NN
going_VBG
on_IN
,_,
the_DT
screenplay_NN
manages_VBZ
to_IN
include_VB
some_DT
surprising_JJ
governmental_JJ
issues_NNS
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
these_DT
governmental_JJ
changes_NNS
seem_VB
fairly_RB
plausible_JJ
,_,
and_CC
this_DT
adds_VBZ
another_DT
layer_NN
to_IN
the_DT
story_NN
._.
the_DT
moral_JJ
debate_NN
of_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
is_BEZ
quite_RB
surprising_JJ
to_IN
find_NN
in_IN
a_DT
film_NN
of_IN
this_DT
genre_NN
,_,
but_CC
what_WDT
is_BEZ
even_RB
more_DT
surprising_JJ
is_BEZ
the_DT
amount_NN
of_IN
humor_NN
included_VBN
into_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
carnage_NN
._.
i_PP
haven't_HV
laughed_VBN
this_DT
loud_JJ
,_,
even_RB
in_IN
some_DT
comedies_NNS
._.
oh_UH
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
special_JJ
effects_NNS
are_BER
first_OD
rate_NN
._.
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
rated_VBN
r_NN
for_IN
graphic_JJ
sci-fi_???
violence_NN
and_CC
gore_NP
,_,
and_CC
for_IN
some_DT
language_NN
and_CC
nudity_NN
._.
believe_VB
me_PP
when_CS
i_PP
say_VB
this_DT
:_:
don't_DO
take_VB
young_JJ
kids_NNS
to_IN
see_NN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
extremely_RB
violent_JJ
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
probably_RB
the_DT
most_DT
violent_JJ
film_NN
out_RP
this_DT
year_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
if_CS
you_PP
are_BER
old_JJ
enough_RB
(_(
over_IN
17_CD
)_)
to_IN
see_NN
it_PP
,_,
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
guaranteed_VBN
to_IN
entertain_VB
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
been_BEN
a_DT
long_JJ
time_NN
since_CS
i_PP
have_HV
cheered_VBN
for_IN
the_DT
heros_NNS
,_,
while_CS
also_RB
cheering_VBG
for_IN
the_DT
bad_JJ
guys_NNS
._.
and_CC
still_RB
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
my_PP$
dream_NN
to_IN
see_VB
a_NP
sci-fi_???
film_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
alien_NN
race_NN
destroys_VBZ
mankind_NN
,_,
and_CC
take_VB
over_IN
the_DT
world_NN
._.
now_RB
that_CS
would_MD
be_BE
entertaining_JJ
!_!