Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1997. TriStar Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Big Bug Pictures, Digital Image Associates. Screenplay by Edward Neumeier, based on the book by Robert A. Heinlein. Cinematography by Jost Vacano. Produced by Jon Davison, Alan Marshall. Music by Basil Poledouris. Production Design by Allan Cameron. Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick. Film Editing by Mark Goldblatt, Caroline Ross. Academy Awards 1997.
In a future century dominated by military culture, where no one on Earth can be a voter without serving army time, four Buenos Aires high school graduates decide to join up to fight the evil alien arachnids that are attacking Earth. Neil Patrick Harris joins the scientific research division, Denise Richards and her big breasts conspire to become a pilot, Casper Van Dien and his Guy Smiley chin along with beautiful Dina Meyer join the infantry. The visual effects in this film, which feature lifelike giant bugs attacking human beings, are astonishing in their fluidity and clarity, but the same can’t be said for the screenplay, which doesn’t even have enough diversion in it to be stupid on purpose. Considering that it features the most impossibly pretty cast members and a cheesy setup, this film should have been full of more B-movie plotting and high-concept adventure, but instead there’s nothing but endless bad dialogue, throwaway relationships and the odd action scene thrown in every once in a while.