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devotees_NNS
of_IN
robert_NP
a_DT
._.
heinlein_NP
,_,
be_BE
forewarned_JJ
:_:
paul_NP
verhoeven_NP
's_POS
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
less_DT
an_DT
adaptation_NN
of_IN
heinlein_NP
's_POS
novel_NN
than_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
literary_JJ
satire_NN
._.
the_DT
author_NN
's_POS
jingo-all-the-way_NN
militarism_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
tendency_NN
to_IN
create_VB
plastic_NN
characters_NNS
with_IN
plastic_NN
conflicts_NNS
had_HVD
me_PP
expecting_VBG
a_DT
soulless_NN
,_,
faceless_NN
parade_NN
of_IN
carnage_NN
from_IN
the_DT
film_NN
version_NN
._.
and_CC
i_PP
suppose_VB
that_CS
's_NNS
exactly_RB
what_WDT
verhoeven_NN
delivers_VBZ
,_,
with_IN
sometimes_RB
hilarious_JJ
results_NNS
._.
heinlein_NP
's_POS
basic_JJ
motifs_NNS
are_BER
so_RB
faithfully_RB
rendered_VBN
that_CS
their_PP$
flaws_NNS
become_VB
a_DT
source_NN
of_IN
amusement_NN
,_,
while_CS
their_PP$
strengths_NNS
become_VB
the_DT
stuff_NN
of_IN
high-energy_NN
entertainment_NN
._.
outlining_VBG
the_DT
plot_NN
of_IN
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
fairly_RB
silly_JJ
endeavor_NN
,_,
since_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
basically_RB
a_DT
big_JJ
bug_NN
hunt_NN
._.
._.
._.
aliens_NNS
in_IN
broad_JJ
daylight_NN
._.
sometime_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
future_NN
,_,
humanity_NN
is_BEZ
threatened_VBN
by_IN
giant_NN
,_,
malevolent_NN
insects_NNS
which_WDT
have_HV
evolved_VBN
into_IN
twenty-foot-tall_NN
action_NN
figures_NNS
(_(
arachnids_NNS
with_IN
super-impaling_VBG
spikes_NNS
,_,
beetles_NNS
that_CS
spew_???
forth_NP
lava_NN
,_,
dragonflies_NNS
with_IN
guillotine_NN
legs_NNS
)_)
._.
among_IN
those_DT
who_WP
sign_VB
on_IN
to_IN
save_NN
the_DT
earth_NN
are_BER
a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
high_JJ
school_NN
classmates_NNS
from_IN
buenos_NP
aires_NP
:_:
conflicted_VBN
rich_JJ
kid_NN
johnny_NP
rico_NP
(_(
casper_JJR
van_NN
dien_???
)_(
;_;
his_PP$
math_NN
whiz_???
girlfriend_NN
carmen_NP
(_(
denise_NP
richards_NP
)_)
;_;
dizzy_JJ
(_(
dina_???
meyer_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
secretly_RB
carries_VBZ
a_DT
torch_NN
for_IN
johnny_NP
;_;
and_CC
carl_NP
(_(
neil_NP
patrick_NP
"_"
doogie_NP
howser_NN
"_"
harris_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
not-so-secretly_RB
carries_VBZ
a_DT
torch_NN
for_IN
dizzy_JJ
,_,
and_CC
also_RB
has_HVZ
a_DT
talent_NN
for_IN
speaking_VBG
telepathically_RB
to_IN
ferrets_NNS
._.
while_CS
carmen_NP
heads_NNS
for_IN
flight_NN
school_NN
and_CC
carl_NP
joins_VBZ
military_JJ
intelligence_NN
,_,
johnny_NP
and_CC
dizzy_JJ
become_VB
mobile_JJ
infantry_NN
,_,
their_PP$
various_JJ
battles_NNS
intertwining_JJ
with_IN
romantic_JJ
sub-plots_NNS
out_RP
of_IN
a_DT
third_OD
season_NN
episode_NN
from_IN
"_"
beverly_NP
hills_NNS
90210_CD
._.
"_"
so_RB
if_CS
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
another_DT
movie_NN
where_CS
one-dimensional_JJ
characters_NNS
wade_NP
through_IN
trite_JJ
situations_NNS
on_IN
their_PP$
way_NN
to_IN
killing_NN
a_DT
bunch_NN
of_IN
aliens_NNS
,_,
what_WDT
makes_VBZ
it_PP
any_DT
better_JJR
than_CS
,_,
say_VB
,_,
independence_NN
day_NN
,_,
a_DT
movie_NN
where_CS
one-dimensional_JJ
characters_NNS
waded_VBD
through_IN
trite_JJ
situations_NNS
on_IN
their_PP$
way_NN
to_IN
killing_NN
a_DT
bunch_NN
of_IN
slightly_RB
different_JJ
aliens_NNS
?_?
for_IN
one_CD
thing_NN
,_,
you_PP
sense_NN
that_CS
the_DT
film-makers_NNS
are_BER
aware_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
pulp_NN
nonsense_NN
they_PP
have_HV
as_IN
source_NN
material_NN
._.
the_DT
very_RB
absence_NN
of_IN
major_JJ
stars_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
feels_VBZ
thematically_RB
appropriate_JJ
,_,
not_XNOT
just_RB
fiscally_RB
prudent_JJ
._.
if_CS
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
had_HVD
been_BEN
turned_VBN
into_IN
a_DT
tv-movie_NP
,_,
aaron_NP
spelling_NN
would_MD
have_HV
produced_VBN
it_PP
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
story_NN
which_WDT
requires_VBZ
emoting_VBG
,_,
not_XNOT
acting_VBG
;_;
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
prime_JJ
time_NN
soap_NN
opera_NN
with_IN
big_JJ
guns_NNS
,_,
played_VBD
for_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
dopey_NP
melodrama_NN
it_PP
's_BEZ
worth_IN
._.
the_DT
no-name_VBD
cast_JJ
also_RB
plays_VBZ
into_IN
verhoeven_JJ
's_POS
treatment_NN
of_IN
heinlein_NP
's_POS
most_RBS
controversial_JJ
conceit_NN
._.
in_IN
this_DT
society_NN
,_,
we_PP
learn_VB
,_,
one_CD
can_MD
only_RB
be_BE
a_DT
full_JJ
citizen_NN
after_IN
completing_VBG
some_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
federal_JJ
service_NN
,_,
military_JJ
for_IN
most_DT
._.
verhoeven_NP
pays_VBZ
the_DT
notion_NN
plenty_NN
of_IN
lip_NN
service_NN
,_,
then_RB
proceeds_NNS
to_IN
skewer_NN
it_PP
with_IN
brilliant_JJ
mock_JJ
recruitment_NN
ads_???
(_(
named_JJ
after_IN
the_DT
world_NN
war_NN
ii-era_NN
"_"
why_WRB
we_PP
fight_VB
"_"
series_NN
)_)
in_IN
which_WDT
youngsters_NNS
are_BER
indoctrinated_VBN
into_IN
the_DT
joys_NNS
of_IN
firearms_NNS
,_,
or_CC
the_DT
pleasures_NNS
of_IN
stomping_VBG
cockroaches_NNS
._.
these_DT
characters_NNS
really_RB
are_BER
just_RB
"_"
fresh_JJ
meat_NN
for_IN
the_DT
grinder_NN
,_,
"_"
as_CS
one_CD
character_NN
puts_VBZ
it_PP
,_,
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
their_PP$
lack_NN
of_IN
familiarity_NN
all_PDT
the_DT
more_RBR
fitting_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
that_DT
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
is_BEZ
anti-military_JJ
,_,
because_CS
it_PP
never_RB
treats_VBZ
the_DT
true_JJ
horror_NN
of_IN
war_NN
as_IN
anything_PN
but_CC
a_DT
great_JJ
big_JJ
,_,
violent_JJ
video_NN
game_NN
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
living_VBG
the_DT
propaganda_NN
(_(
particularly_RB
johnny_NP
,_,
who_WP
receives_VBZ
so_RB
many_DT
field_NN
promotions_NNS
he_PP
may_MD
not_XNOT
remember_VB
his_PP$
own_DT
rank_NN
by_IN
the_DT
time_NN
the_DT
film_NN
ends_NNS
)_)
._.
verhoeven_JJ
is_BEZ
actually_RB
having_HVG
it_NN
both_PDT
ways_NNS
--_???
he_PP
's_MD
making_NN
fun_NN
of_IN
gung-ho_JJ
boosterism_NN
even_RB
as_IN
he_PP
fires_NNS
his_PP$
fresh-faced_JJ
recruits_NNS
into_IN
battle_NN
on_IN
a_DT
gung-ho_JJ
booster_NN
rocket_NN
of_IN
visual_JJ
effects_NNS
._.
if_CS
that_DT
makes_VBZ
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
hypocritical_JJ
,_,
at_IN
least_DT
it_PP
's_BEZ
enthusiastically_RB
staged_VBN
hypocrisy_NN
._.
there_EX
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
a_DT
person_NN
worth_IN
caring_NN
about_IN
in_IN
the_DT
whole_JJ
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
moves_VBZ
like_IN
nobody_PN
's_POS
business_NN
._.
verhoeven_NP
stages_NNS
some_DT
thrilling_JJ
action_NN
sequences_NNS
,_,
sending_VBG
swarms_NNS
of_IN
bugs_NNS
after_IN
the_DT
anonymous_JJ
grunts_NNS
then_RB
having_HVG
various_JJ
body_NN
parts_NNS
strewn_VBN
about_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
like_IN
landscaping_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
that_DT
rare_JJ
special_JJ
effects_NNS
blockbuster_NN
which_WDT
demonstrates_VBZ
a_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
pacing_VBG
to_IN
match_NN
its_PP$
budget_NN
;_;
i_PP
was_BEDZ
caught_VBN
up_RP
in_IN
the_DT
action_NN
enough_RB
of_IN
the_DT
time_NN
that_CS
i_PP
wasn't_BEDZ
perpetually_RB
groaning_VBG
over_IN
the_DT
absence_NN
of_IN
real_JJ
human_JJ
beings_NNS
._.
i_PP
wish_VB
i_PP
could_MD
find_VB
it_PP
in_IN
myself_PPX
to_IN
work_NN
up_RP
more_DT
outrage_NN
over_IN
the_DT
callous_JJ
way_NN
humans_NNS
are_BER
dispatched_VBN
in_IN
starship_NN
troopers_NNS
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
didn't_DOD
work_VB
out_RP
that_DT
way_NN
._.
that_CS
would_MD
be_BE
punishing_VBG
verhoeven_NN
for_IN
getting_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
heart_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
material_NN
._.
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