Friday, June 02, 2006

Starship Troopers 2 (2004)

Overall Rating:
If you’re looking for a bug-killin’ movie like the first one, this ain’t it. It’s actually a horror movie in disguise, with almost the entire movie taking place inside an outpost. A couple boobie scenes, some gun-play and bad fighting describe the rest of the movie. Not worth renting. Definitely wouldn’t watch it again.

Why We Rented It:
In this rapid-fire sequel to the cult favorite, the Federation’s best Mobile Infantry unit goes back into action against the Bug horde. But this time, the Bugs are waiting for them. Trapped on a remote outpost light years from the nearest reinforcements, a small group of soldiers fights an enemy smarter and more cunning than any they’ve ever faced. Now they must join forces with an infamous traitor to the Federation if they are to have any hope. And it’s not just their lives at stake, it’s the survival of the human race. If they want to live, they’ll have to use their heads before the Bugs do!

Academy Award winner Phil Tippett (1993, Best Visual Effects for Jurassic Park), on of the greatest visual effects wizards in movie history, makes his directorial debut.

Our Synopsis:
We will now be spoiling the movie for you, so you should stop reading now if you don't want this to happen. Well, it’s actually a horror movie in case you are curious. The makers of the movie obviously had $0 allocated for CG special effects, and the result is spliced in shots from the original Starship Troopers of the arachnids. There are naked boobies, but they only appear in shadowy-areas, which is unfortunate. We had a great debate here over whether the flag they use for the Federation is the same one as the first movie. After re-watching Starship Troopers we can tell you, yes; yes it is the same. It is one ugly flag.

What’s really a crying shame is that someone who somehow won an Oscar was involved in this picture. Wait, not only involved but directed!? Here’s the plot spoiling part: there are new bugs in this movie that can go inside a dead humans head and control them like a puppet. I thought this was rather funny, because it reminded me of the first movie and the absolutely great line, “looks like a bug was in his brain, sir,” and, not to be left out, “they sucked his brains out.” Oh, but this movie only had one type of sucking, and it was sadly not brains. Bad fighting scenes, bad shooting scenes, bad kissing scenes (that’s how the people with bugs in their heads transfer other bugs into other people’s heads; unwillingly, of course). Had decent gun-play (well, except for the fact that all their guns glowed at the tip, like they were laser guns or something) and mediocre fighting.


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