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Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004)

Cast: Richard Burgi, Richard Burgi, Lawrence Monoson, more...
Director: Phil Tippett, Phil Tippett
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Science Fiction , Aliens, Killer Critters
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Humanity's war against the bugs continues in this sequel to Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi soap opera epic, Starship Troopers. This time, when a squad of troopers is stranded on a bug-infested planet, their only hope for survival lies in an abandoned outpost, where things take a turn for the worse. A lone survivor by the name of Captain Dax (Richard Burgi) awaits them there, locked away for killing his crazed commanding officer. When a group of strangers arrives at the base, the squad is faced with a new threat from their alien enemy that will pit every surviving human against each other. With an army of bugs surrounding the compound and mysterious internal forces plotting against the group, it's up to Dax and Pvt. Lei Sahara (Colleen Porch) to try and hold out before the rescue team arrives. Effects maestro Phil Tippett (Star Wars, Jurassic Park) makes his directing debut in this made-for-cable movie that features a script by the series' original scribe, Edward Neumeier. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide

You may enjoy the occasional scary monster or giant robot, but if you're not an effects aficionado, chances are you might not recognize the name Phil Tippett. But chances are just as good you've seen his work. He's one of the most respected stop motion animators and visual effects supervisors in the business, and, on the occasion of his directorial debut with Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, Jonathan Marlow asks him about his early inspirations and his future plans. Full article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Wow better than I expected. by MrMiscreant November 12, 2004 - 4:56 PM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I'm in comeplete agreement with the other poster. The movie is obviously low budget. Its shot entirely on indoor sets and lit very darkly so you can't see much detail (or lack of it) in the backgrounds. The FX is almost blockbuster movie quality, especially the little bugs. The story is actually a little deep, especially right at the end. Its pretty cool if you go in not expecting more than a typical action flick and boy if all the MI are as hot as the boys and girls in this unit, I'd have signed up too.

Popcorn DVD: Bugs with salt and butter by JVNem August 2, 2004 - 10:41 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This was probably just done for the cash as far as the producers were concerned but it really seems like a bunch of "A" level Special Effects people and a Good writer did a fun job of slumming in the "Popcorn" Horror/Action genre. Is it a good picture? As the victorians would say "It does not signify". I could easily see a few 10-13 year olds thinking this was a COOL movie and some high schoolers sitting over junk food horsing around and this film would be good enough to keep things going. I can even see the same with some college boys on a late night with a six pack ... there's even something for the college boys to argue or think about. I've never heard "Lawful Evil" explained better. It makes you think the Bugs are right, Mankind needs to be exterminated! And what one guy says about what it feels like to be turned into a bug ... JEEZ!! (For those who don't watch it he says he's found god! ) -- but these are only quick flashes in a generally junk/popcorn movie. But that's to me an okay way to be. The ONE THING that I feel should go into the Horror Hall of fame is what I call the "Hi, Guys" scene. WOW!! It only lasts a few seconds but it can give a guy a nightmare for the rest of his life if he's a kid or impressionable. This is not a ringing endorsement, don't blame me if YOU don't like it but I did. I had fun.

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