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Overall Rating
1.75

Awesome: 5.36%
Worth A Look: 5.36%
Average: 7.14%
Pretty Bad: 23.21%
Total Crap58.93%

2 reviews, 44 user ratings


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Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation
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by Jay Seaver

"I'd say Heinlein would be spinning in his grave, but he had weird taste."
1 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2005 BOSTON SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL: Most of the time, I have a hard time coming up with a snarky one-liner to be used at the top of the review. It's just not in me. While watching Starship Troopers 2, though, I not only came up with the one above, but "How cheap is a movie that can't even afford to bring back Casper van Dien?" also popped into my head, and I wrote them down.

Granted, the "writing down" was for a later diary feature and because the act of writing helped keep me awake when this movie was running at 3:30 AM, but it serves to illustrate a point: Pretty much all of the actual entertainment value of this movie was self-generated. As dismal as Paul Verhoven's Starship Troopers was, it featured some eye candy and some satire. The sequel just recycles some of those elements and grafts them onto Stock Sci-Fi/Horror Plot #4.

So, you might remember, there are these giant alien bugs, right? They really don't like people. Okay, maybe humanity encroached on their territory, but the two species are at war, and even though it should be a slam-dunk since the bugs appear not to have any technology at all, the war's been going on a long time. A group of human troopers are getting slaughtered on some generic Earthlike planet, they retreat to a fort whose sole occupant, Captain Dax (Richard Burgi) is in the stockade after killing a superior officer. Soon, though they find that the old bugs have discovered a new trick. For those with some doubt as to what this new trick is, let me just point out that it is still cheaper to have an actor in a scene than a special effect.

It's at this point when I'd describe the characters and what purpose they'd serve, but I'll be honest - I'm looking at the movie's IMDB entry and not a single name is connecting to a face. There are some pretty generic types - lieutenant whom none of the enlisted men and women respect, a vaguely charismatic general, an easily-freaked out private who turns out to be pregnant, and a hard-as-nails sergeant. Not many are egregiously bad, but none are memorable. They're all eminently disposable, which is good, because the bugs are fairly intent on disposing of them.

Which they do, in reasonably gruesome fashion. There are probably dozens of worse spam-in-a-can movies made every year, and some of them are even set in outer space, but it seems an odd choice to make on as a sequel to a military action movie. A theatrical sequel, perhaps, would have expanded on its predecessor, giving us a larger view of the conflict and raising the stakes. This, however, is instead a smaller story, not just in budget, but in scope. I suppose its events could be crucial to an over-reaching story arc, but if there is a Starship Troopers 3, it will probably be another direct-to-video cheapie.

Similarly, the satiric elements from the first film are present, but done in an even more ham-fisted style. Part of the reason why is that the previous movie didn't have a character as openly cynical as Dax, and his presence screams out that the propaganda clips are, you know, lies. These clips also disappear for much of the middle of the movie, which makes the action play much "straighter", without the moral ambiguity of the first, but also makes for a clumsy transition of moods when it returns in the end.

There's really not much good to say about this movie. I suppose that the effects are decent, relative to budget, but even if they're technically good, they're not interesting. I guess if you like the bugs, you've got bugs. Hardly seems like much to push a movie for.

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originally posted: 03/19/05 11:56:52
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User Comments

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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  DVD: 01-Jun-2004

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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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