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Allowing for all the low-budget shortcomings that plague any straight-to-video production,Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation serves up 92 minutes of passable sci-fi action. Parlaying his veteran status as an animator, special-effects wizard, and stalwart survivor of the CGI revolution, Phil Tippett (with returning screenwriter Ed Neumeier) makes a woefully uninspired directorial debut with this makeshift sequel to Paul Verhoeven's 1997 blockbuster, retaining the jarhead militarism of Robert Heinlein's original novel while serving up more bugs, an all-new cast of attractive young stars, and all-too-familiar plot elements borrowed from a dozen better movies. "Bigger is better" is out of the question under such meager budgetary circumstances, so Tippett and Neumeier compensate with gruesome bugfights and gross-out effects at regular intervals, some standard-issue nudity, and escalating paranoia (echoing Carpenter'sThe Thing) when a new breed of bugs use human hosts (à laThe Hidden) to overtake a stranded platoon of Federation soldiers on a bug-infested planet. Relying on murky confinement to hide nondescript sets,Troopers 2 has three engaging leads in its favor: TV regular Richard Burgi is solidly cast as the titular hero (he's the military equivalent ofPitch Black's Riddick); Colleen Porch is engaging as the most sensible Federation survivor; and screen veteran Ed Lauter makes the most of his salty role as a battle-hardened general. Unfortunately, they're adrift in a knock-off sequel (shot on high-def digital video) that could never do justice to its energetic predecessor.--Jeff Shannon
Very Very disappointing I dont have a long essay to write but comparing to the first Starship Troopers, this was a very disappointing movie. It was nothing like the first movie. First of all the entire movie was during the night and so you never really get that true dvd like quality picture that was a part of the first movie. There was a lot of shooting blindly in the dark, most times you were not even sure that it was bugs they were shooting at. This has got to be the worst sequel yet. I am so hugely disappointed because I really enjoyed the first movie&was really looking forward to this one. Very very very very disappointed Starship Trooper fan.
Kill kill kill Hold your breath and close your eyes. This movie hits the deck running. Shooting and running and shooting some more.
Once again the troopers find themselves hopelessly surrounded by bugs. There does not seem to be any way out. Then they find an abandoned outpost and make a heroic stand.
We have one of every stereotype trooper in the book. And it does not take long to figure out the insidious bug plot. The question is will it succeed?
Mean time this movie is much better than the first. As the first was a corruption of the book; this insulted the readers. It was also more cartoonist and insulted sci-fi movie goers. This movie "Starship Troopers 2" does not pretend to be anything but a shoot-em-up movie. Don't think just wince.
One thing that I appreciate is that during the credits they match faces with names. Don't Watch This This movie did not meet the expectations that I had hoped for. While the first movie was terrific, this one was not. There is no Johnny Rico leading the Federation Infantry, which in my opinion doomed the movie from the start. I was disappointed in one aspect. In the first movie, when the guns were fired we saw bullet casings flying out. In this movie, they replace that with lights that flashed in the front, simulating it being fired. Were the bugs being taken down with invisible bullets?? The only good portion of the movie was the idea of the bigger, badder bug. Whereas the bug in the first movie was a brain sucker, these bugs invade the body and take over. This movie is not worth watching nor renting.