Venture underground into the Redcliffe Caves this March – it’s an unforgettable way to discover, or rediscover, some of the silver screen’s hidden gems, sleeper hits and genre favourites. Venture underground into one of the most unique locations in Bristol, themed like a military bunker specially for the occasion. Treat yourself to a beer onsite from our festival partners, Wickwar Wessex Brewing, and forget the outside world for a couple of hours…
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Paul Verhoeven’s futuristic action-satire follows 23rdCentury citizen Johnny Rico as he enlists in the Mobile Infantry to fight against alien aggressors known as Arachnids, or Bugs. As both species battle for their survival, Rico transforms from green soldier to hardened veteran, and a key player in the wider struggle for dominance.
STARRING: Casper Van Dien | Dina Meyer | Denise Richards | Neil Patrick Harris | Jake Busey | Michael Ironside
DIRECTED: Paul Verhoeven
WRITTEN: Edward Neumeier
PRODUCED: Jon Davison | Allan Marshall
THEY SAY: “Paul Verhoeven’s gonzo satire was destined, even designed, to be misunderstood. An action spectacle with the heart of a Grade-Z creature feature […] Starship Troopersis a wicked, acidic comment on how easily people can be convinced to trade freedom for security.”– Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club, 2012
WE SAY: At face value, it’s a loud and violent sci-fi action romp – but unlike some of the unfortunate victims of the Bugs, it’s anything but brainless. A wickedly satirical critique of fascism and militarism underpins this cult favourite – for example, the opening scene contains a chillingly accurate remake of a sequence from infamous Nazi propaganda film Triumph Of The Will.