Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Starship Troupers - Innocent Sci-Fi ?
Could the film be communicating a political message that casts doubt on our very way of life? It can even be an anti-American film. Director Paul Verhoeven weaves an interesting tale in which he believes government is misleading and lying to its citizens. They are convinced that war is good and just. But the people are being misled and are unaware of the government‘s true intentions. The government is only interested in their agenda. They want the natural resources of the alien planet. Some believe Verhoeven‘s real purpose was to criticize America‘s political and military objectives not only in the Middle East but globally as well. Is America becoming a new totalitarian and fascist state?
So is this innocent science fiction or political commentary? How do we know? Could this movie have an impact on your beliefs? I‘m sure your first answer would be an absolute No! But what about on a deeper, subconscious level?
All filmmakers, including writers, directors and producers, have a point of view (POV). In fact, we all have a POV. Some people refer to this as a worldview. Our POV defines our attitudes and core beliefs. Without a POV, we would not be able to interpret the world around us. Point of view offers a perspective and insight into how we view politics, religion, social issues and personal lifestyle choices. The POV of Paul Verhoeven, director of Starship Troupers, has been shaped by his life experiences. As a child, he grew up in The Netherlands, his home country, during the German occupation. He was exposed to a totalitarian and fascist regime that routinely used propaganda to proclaim Nazi superiority. It unquestionably has influenced his political and social views, which are evident in his film Starship Troupers. Understanding the POV helps us to unlock the message within a film, television program or media in general. By using the tools of media literacy, we become more effective in identifying the POV.