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Overall Rating
1.79

Awesome: 5.26%
Worth A Look: 7.02%
Average: 7.02%
Pretty Bad: 22.81%
Total Crap57.89%

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Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation
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by Brian McKay

"THIS is more like BATTLEFIELD EARTH 2"
2 stars

It was bound to happend eventually - someone would take the fading momentum of the first cheesy but entertaining STARSHIP TROOPERS, as well as the underappreciated CGI-animated series ROUGHNECKS: STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES, and try to squeeze a few more bucks out of it. But I guess they forgot that you have to spend money to make money, and apparently creating swarms of CGI bugs is a lot cheaper than hiring good writers, actors, or manufacturing decent prop guns that actually fire real ammunition.

In its defense, the movie has some pretty decent CGI, and plenty of bug-splattering money shots - especially for such a low-budget direct-to-video affair as this one. The scenes of the bugs getting shot up or squashed are probably the saving grace of the film. That, and the requisite bits of occasional nudity from the blonde hardbody seductress of the cast. Unfortunately, besides the boobs, everything else in this film not created on a computer just looks lame, with an unshakeable "Made for Cable T.V." feel of cheapness surrounding it.

Bearing little importance in relation to the original film (which also bore little importance in relation to the novel), and featuring exactly zero recurring characters (You mean to tell me they couldn't even afford to get Casper Van Diem?), Starship Troopers 2 introduces us to a new squad of boys and girls who find themselves outnumbered and on the run by the bugs. They flee to a nearby abandoned outpost, where they find one survivor - a highly decorated veteran officer who has been accused of murdering the outpost commander and left locked in a cell. He did the crime, however, because he discovered that a new kind of bug had taken over the Commander's body in a Puppet Masters kind of way. Facing a fresh attack of conventional bugs from the outside, as well as the threat of being assimilated by gullet-encroaching parasites on the inside, they let this "Hero of the Federation" out of his cell so that he can kick some ass.

But while some of the bug-blasting action is entertaining, it is quickly accompanied by a sense of redundancy. I mean, how many times can you watch a bug stagger around while little green-splattered chunks of it get blown away by what is supposed to be gunfire - from flashlight guns.

Yes, that's right, this thing is made so cheaply that the guns aren't even real. These fake muzzle flashes, created by strobe lights, render an effect that's about as exciting as watching a really spirited match of Lazer Tag. The weapons are just one example of the cheap-looking overall production values, which also include spartan sets and ill-fitting costumes. It has about the same general quality as the average Sci-Fi channel original movie - and if you've ever randomly tuned in to Sci-Fi for a few minutes, you probably know just how laughably bad those can be.

Compounding these flaws is a buffet of really hammy acting. From the overwrought to the flat and uninspired, the cast of ST2 runs the entire gamut. Not only do none of these people convincingly act like they're in the military, but no effort was even made to make them LOOK like they were in the military. I know it's "The Future" and all, but i'm sure that the military still has some kind of codes in place governing dress, appearance, and fraternization. As the trying-to-act-tough-as-nails female sargeant points out in one scene, "That's the problem with this war - everyone's more interested in fucking than fighting."'

While the story isn't so stupid as to be patently insulting to anyone with an I.Q. over 65, it certainly isn't original or clever in any way either. The whole "parasite takes over host body" idea has been done to death in so many other cheap sci-fi movies (and done much better in movies like The Hidden), and on so many old episodes of Star Trek, that there is simply no new ground left to cover. And as much of a misfire as director Paul Verhoeven's attempt at skewering Heinlein's theme of facism was in the first movie, the brief moments where Hero of the Federation attempts to convey the same themes are so poorly done that they become an unwitting parody of those ideas of the previous film.

Much more of a rehash than a sequel in any true sense of the word, STARSHIP TROOPERS 2 is likely to put off fans of the original, pleasing only those who can reap high entertainment value from just the bare-bones ingredients of gore, boobs, and bug-splatter.

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originally posted: 06/14/04 04:37:40
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User Comments

2/19/17 Goodzon good 4 stars
5/03/12 Anton the best 5 stars
3/11/12 Silkworm SHIT 1 stars
5/12/10 cr a mediore folow up to the first one, more of a invasion of the body snatchers ripoff. 2 stars
3/22/09 blaquenoise my only ? is y is the ship commander that died n the 1st 1 alive on this as some1 else. 1 stars
8/05/08 Bnorm Not even the hot chick saved this one what a fucking waste of time 1 stars
8/05/08 King 1 This movie is bad! Mr Black was right! 1 stars
3/20/08 Mr_nygren Sucks major ass compared to the first one, but one of the infected soldiers was quite hot! 2 stars
3/19/08 Apollo Creed I bought it, watched it, and sold it on Ebay. Sucked major wang 1 stars
12/06/07 Adrian A bunch of people hiding in a lighthouse or something - in the future!! 1 stars
11/20/07 Digz ....it was pretty awful! 2 stars
10/10/07 woot rodriguez not as good as the first one but still can stand up -though just barely- on its own. 3 stars
9/06/07 Hitler I wouldnt even piss on this film if it was on fire 1 stars
6/30/07 Storage i spent the next week shooting heroin into MY ONE EYEBALLS just to forget i ever saw this 1 stars
5/30/07 Alessandro Cool follow up on the first film... 4 stars
5/21/07 bob This is honost to god the worst movie i have ever seen 1 stars
5/10/07 fatguy this movie was so bad it was funny 1 stars
5/02/07 Brent This film is just horrible and does not do justice with its hackneyed plot and 1-D chars. 1 stars
4/17/07 Stevo Stare at some shit for a day, cut your fingers off, cos both are a lot more fun than this. 1 stars
3/09/07 Angelo Archie Amoruso Totally a waste of time. 1 stars
3/03/07 Sean Terrible! SST1 is great but this sucks butt 1 stars
12/19/06 moon ok nothing special 3 stars
12/03/06 ray it sucks. 1st film was better 2 stars
6/27/06 Per and Phil Well, it is worth a look... 4 stars
2/21/06 Ruff Not nearly as awesome as the orginal but worth at dekko just for the microwave scene 4 stars
12/06/05 joe blog thought it was a satire. absolutely terrible!!! 1 stars
10/07/05 Peter Wilson Worse than the original movie, which butchered the great book 1 stars
8/19/05 ES Nothing like th first movie, terrble acting/script/budget, funny ending line thou 1 stars
7/03/05 Eddie Just a sequel w/better effects seen it before 3 stars
5/17/05 Shawn Borucki There are reasons why it was straight to video. Would you like to know more? 2 stars
3/24/05 monnilove should have not released it to the public 2 stars
3/22/05 Jack Cieminski Not bad if taken as a stand-alone movie 3 stars
2/16/05 eric sanchez the above review is way to kind to this turd sack 1 stars
12/15/04 Maalstrom sucks, plain and simple 1 stars
9/26/04 John Q WTF? The movie was only restricted to one scene. No action-packed scenes. 1 stars
9/13/04 Doot WOW, Play again 5 stars
8/05/04 John Doe I saw the movie once only then I never watched it again 1 stars
7/19/04 John McIntyre take it from a fan of the fist one, this movie sucks ass 1 stars
6/29/04 Matt an embarrassment to the first one 1 stars
6/25/04 milehigh just plain painful 2 stars
6/01/04 soul assassin not even straight to tv quality....what a let down 1 stars
6/01/04 Ghostboy Did Spawn teach us nothing? Special Effects guys cannot direct 1 stars
5/25/04 Ray Im gonna have to wash my eyes 1 stars
5/18/04 Chuck Suckaluck Seriously, this sequel blows. Cheap, disingenuous, superfluous, an abomination of the first 1 stars
4/25/04 Your God Very cool gore&CGI fest. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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Directed by
  Phil Tippett

Written by
  Edward Neumeier

Cast
  Richard Burgi
  Colleen Porch
  Bill Brown
  Ed Quinn
  Drew Powell
  Ed Lauter



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