Starship Troopers 3: Marauder

2008

Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi

38
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 19%
IMDb Rating 4.3 10 20977

Synopsis


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Cast

Jolene Blalock as Captain Lola Beck
Boris Kodjoe as Gen. Dix Hauser
Casper Van Dien as Colonel Johnny Rico
Amanda Donohoe as Admiral Enolo Phid
720p.BLU
698.38 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 45 min
P/S 7 / 49

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by UofSciFi 6 / 10

... And

I just watched this for the first time today and I WAS BLOWN AWAY.

First, let me take a moment to reiterate that I loved the first film. In fact the first film is one of my all time favorite movies. I remember when I saw the first film that for the first time, I left the theater knowing that I had not had that much fun at a movie since I was a kid and saw Star Wars for the first time. I remember going to the movies back in 1997 and watching it 6 times at the theater. And then I purchased it just as soon as it was available on the home video market (which was predominately VHS back in 1997).

Then came Starship Troopers 2. It went directly to DVD, and was filmed as a low budget movie. Although I don't believe that Starship Troopers 2 is as bad as most people make it out to be, I will however agree that lacked any of the energy, feelings, excitement or the overall fun that the first film had. Although ST2 did have some good moments, what I disliked most about ST2 was the fact that the story went off into a silly direction with the mindcontrol bugs. And once the mindcontrol plot started, the movie's plot never got it's feet back on the ground. And when ST2 ended, you almost wished that never made it(for the sake of the original). In a way, ST2 tarnished the legacy of the first film.

However Today I watched ST3. Like the second film, ST3 also was a direct video release. With that in mind, I lowered my expectations based on the mediocre job they did on ST2. ........AND THEN I WAS BLOWN AWAY. This film is a worthy sequel to the original film. The movie is great. I would have gladly paid to seen this movie in theaters. The special effects are good, the story has a plot twist, and it is excellent. Lots of good action. GREAT SCREENPLAY! My only two complaints is that I would have liked to have seen a larger battle at the end of the movie...but thats okay, ..My other complaint is that they didn't use any of the original movies' brilliant musical score....but that's okay too...because I was just thrilled that that this movie was good.

If ST2 tarnished the legacy of the first film, then ST3 restores it

Reviewed by James 7 / 10

Ticks most of the sci-fi lover's boxes

Looking a bit derivative, with its "Federation" and 'warp drive", the "Starship Troopers" genre in fact goes well back to 1959 Robert Heinlein sci-fi, and it has a lot to say about military-industrial complex scenarios. In fact, Eisenhower was criticised by Heinlein for not being gung-ho enough, and it was ultimately that President who first used the term military-industrial complex, in the context of something to be guarded against.

Heinlein thus tended to speak up for the military in his books, while in the films we see (and see satirised and somewhat criticised) the military domination of life, art, commerce, discipline, social norms and everything else (here even also religion) in the fight against arachnid aliens so teeming, so pushy and so utterly ruthless that they make Tolkien's orcs look like teddy-bears. They are cannon-fodder big time, but, buglike indeed, are alarmingly hard to kill, and impossible to eradicate en masse. Hence, more often than not, our hero recruits into the armed forces (which in this dystopia means pretty much everybody) drop like flies themselves. And interestingly, while those in authority are mocked by the film, the ordinary soldiery tend not to be, though they do certainly expire with great regularity, and relatively gorily.

In the meantime, there is a (poignantly authentic) touch of the Stalingrads about a situation in which male and female troops live, love, fight and (all-too-soon) die alongside each other as equals. "Starship Troopers" the original was notorious for an ostensibly-titillating, but also groundbreaking, shared-changing-room scene in which males and females routinely appeared naked alongside one another without giving it a second thought. Needless to say, film 3 does not fully resist this temptation, and the point is again made quite impressively.

Edward Neumeier's third instalment also emulates its first predecessor of 11 years earlier in pushing the "public information film" as a way of holding its story together, and this remains enjoyable in a way that emphasises how not-altogether-far from this kind of thing we are already. In the first film, these helped the story along, whereas here one is a little hard-pressed to find a story. The thing looks more like a series of vignettes, and not all aspects of the plot seem to follow through. The first section takes place on a farm-colony planet that seems to be in perpetual darkness (some farming!), and it plays with a story about a farmers' revolt against the Federation that seems to go nowhere at all.

The film also has a love interest between Gen. Dix Hauser (Boris Kodjoe) and Capt. Lola Beck (Jolene Blalock) - in which Casper Van Dien's Johnny Rico plays gooseberry - that also seems pure artifice, not even convincing in the film's own limited terms.

British/Irish actors Amanda Donohoe and Stephen Hogan are on-screen rivals for top jobs that give better value, however, with Hogan's Sky Marshal being as much entertainer as commander-in-chief - a clever plot twist. Since he has come under the spell of a false deity, he contrasts with others who are really part of a religious revival (also somewhat intriguing as a film concept).

Ultimately, one mainly watches a film of this type for the above slightly tongue-in-cheek presentation of some future world of ours, as well as to get a good attack of the shudders watching man against beast. Here the film does as it should, giving us the creeps effectively enough, and helping the more imaginative viewer consider the possibility that maybe, just maybe, somewhere out there in endless space...

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

A very generic B-movie, but at least it's better than the last sequel

After the disappointing debacle of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2, I was in no hurry to watch the third in the series, knowing full well that it could never recapture the glory of the Verhoeven movie. When I saw it on TV one evening, I ended up watching it anyway, and from the outset I knew it was going to be better than the second one. It has a bigger budget, for a start, and it attempts to emulate the first film's look and style rather than adopting a clich├ęd B-movie atmosphere like the second film did. There's no doubting that it's a film packed with poor elements and disappointment, but in the end I still enjoyed it - to a degree.

One plus is that Casper Van Dien returns to his famous role as Johnny Rico some eleven years after he made the first movie, and the astonishing thing is that he doesn't look to have aged a day. Van Dien will never win an acting Oscar, but I find him impossible to dislike: he always seem chirpy, ready with a smile, and first into the action. I don't know, there's just something about him. He's backed by a cast all of whom play the usual B-movie types, with Amanda Donohoe making an appearance as some commander or other.

Director Edward Neumeier is the guy who wrote STARSHIP TROOPERS and ROBOCOP, so I respect him for that, but his work as director is less impressive. Let's say that he's passable. Some elements here are cringe-worthy, like the news bulletins, which just try too hard to be funny. There's less bloodshed and gore than in the first film, and the CGI effects used to animate the bugs just aren't as good either. The story tries to be original, bringing in a new super-bug the size of a planet, and linking themes of telepathy and religion. There's a LOT about Christianity in this movie, which made a lot of people hate it, but I found that it brought something new and thought-provoking to the table, so I was open to it. Van Dien disappears for much of the film and we're stuck with the B-movie characters, which isn't great, but I've seen a lot worse. There's also an entirely gratuitous nude sequence late on in the film which will no doubt delight male viewers.

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