The Natural History Museum Soldiers on with Giant-Bug Film “Starship Troopers” at the Cedar Lee

Wed 5/2 @ 7PM

In 1997, Columbia Picture’s Starship Troopers was one of the most expensive sci-fi films ever made, an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s classic WWII-inspired novel about military life in the future, with young Earth soldiers sent to distant planet to fight against swarms of hostile alien insects.

Lots of viewers back than didn’t get (probably still don’t) director Paul Verhoeven’s subversive treatment, warping Heinlein’s heroic vibe into an over-the-top gung-ho killfest with imagery more apt for a propaganda movie that would come out of some future fascist state. So, vicious as the bugs can be, who are the REAL bad guys here?

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History may not be film critics, but they have launched Reel Science movie screenings at Cleveland Cinemas locations, with CMNH-affiliated scientists fact-checking Hollywood entertainment. At the Cedar Lee Theatre, entomologist (bug expert) Dr. Nicole Gunter evaluates the giant insect hive-minds depicted so lavishly here. Do they at least square with the inverse-square law?

Admission is $8, with discounts for museum members. This film is rated R.


[Written by Charles Cassady]



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