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Science Fiction - Starship Troopers 2

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Bill Brown, Richard Burgi, Kelly Carlson, Cy Carter, Tim Conlon
Director: Phil Tippett
Number of discs: 1
Rated R
Sony Pictures

Love him or hate him Paul Verhoeven delivered a movie that was loved by many in the form of the original Starship Troopers. Starship Troopers 2 is a direct to video release that only kind of nods in the direction of the original movie and story while never quite overcoming the lack of writing and director talent required to make a low budget movie work. Low budget does not necessarily mean bad (e.g.: Primer, Repo-Man) but to be successful you have to overcome the limitations of your budget by delivering on story. Sadly Starship Troopers 2 does not deliver on story.

This is a serviceable movie. It will not put you to sleep but you won't pause it when you go to the kitchen to grab another Pepsi or slice of pizza. It is a good movie to watch with other SF fans because you can spend a great deal of time mocking the shortcomings, but you can also just sit back and enjoy the plot that you have seen half a dozen times before. B movie fans - serious B movie fans, like Ed Wood fans - will enjoy this movie more than hardcore SF fans. Non-SF fans won't be able to put up with the flick at all so they should give it a pass.

There is very little else to say about Startship Troopers 2. It doesn't offend, the acting talent is passable considering the lack of direction, budget and script. The special effects aren't the worse I've ever seen and occasionally are quite good. This is definitely not a movie I would add to my DVD collection other than for the fact that as a completist and a Starship Troopers collector it has to be there if only as a curiousity.

Give Starship Troopers 2 a pass.

Denis Bernicky

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