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Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008)

  • Rate: 4.5/10 total 11,757 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 19 July 2008 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 105 min
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Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008)
  • Rate: 4.5/10 total 11,757 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 19 July 2008 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Filming Location: South Africa
  • Budget: $9,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: ¥39,702,478(Japan)(10 August 2008)
  • Director: Edward Neumeier
  • Stars: Casper Van Dien, Jolene Blalock and Stephen Hogan
  • Original Music By: Klaus Badelt   
  • Soundtrack: Ponmelo
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Starship | Trooper | Federation | Marauder | Alien

Writing Credits By:

  • Edward Neumeier (written by) (as Ed Neumeier)

Known Trivia

  • Sarah Douglas was initially approached to play Admiral Enolo Phid in this film. Ultimately, they went with Amanda Donohoe in her place instead.
  • During the biometric scan that the seven marauders undergo, the sound effect is the same as that emitted by the Flying Machines in the original The War of the Worlds.
  • The character that Jolene Blalock plays is a play on her own last name “Lola Beck”.
  • The Marauder armored combat suits and the “Q-Bomb” (originally called the “Nova Bomb”) are the main elements drawn from Robert Heinlein’s original novel in this film. Many fans were disappointed that the former did not appear in the first Starship Troopers film.

Goofs: Continuity: At approx. minute 62, the six survivors walk across the rim of a small mountain. The Doc is still in the picture even though he died couple minutes earlier. In the next scene he is gone and there are only five people left. The two scenes are even blended so at some point you can see six and five people in one shot.

Plot: Johnny Rico is called back into action to defeat the bugs. Full summary »  »

Story: The war against the Bugs continues! A Federation Starship crash-lands on the distant Alien planet OM-1, stranding beloved leader Sky Marshal Anoke and several others, including comely but tough pilot Lola Beck. It's up to Colonel/General Johnny Rico, reluctant hero of the original Bug Invasion on Planet P, to lead a team of Troopers on a daring rescue mission.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: Set 11 years after the first ‘Starship Troopers’ movies, in the past 11 years of "The Second Bug War", the Mobile Infantry fighting the giant Arachnid bugs has improved their weapons and tactics. However, as they adapt, so do the Bugs, and many new Arachnid variants have developed whom include exploding mortar bugs, and scorpion-like tank bugs that spray lethal plasma energy bursts which disentegrates people and equipment. The militarist Earth government, now called ‘The United Citizen Federation of Earth’ now finds itself engaged in trench warfare on the frontier planets in many parts of the Milky Way Galaxy. The Federation puts a positive spin on this in the media while using its judicial and military authority to suppress peace protesters and religious fanatics as seditionists.

Colonel John Rico (Casper Van Dien) is stationed on the agrarian planet Roku San when the popular Sky Marshal Omar Anoke (Stephen Hogan) pays a visit. Off-duty, Rico’s old friend General Dix Hauser (Boris Kodjoe) gets into a bar-fight with farmers protesting the war. During the fight, Rico stops Dix from shooting one of the farmers. Dix tries to have Rico arrested, but the base defenses suddenly fail. Rico knocks Dix out and leaves to help fight the Arachnid warrior bugs that attack supported by flame-throwing Tanker bugs and energy-shooting Scorpion bugs. When the outpost at Roku San falls, Rico is blamed by the Federal Media and sentenced to death by a military tribunral for insubordination and striking a superior officer.

On their way back to the moon of Sanctuary #5, the Fleet’s secret HQ, Captain Lola Beck (Jolene Blalock) is marooned on a classified planet known as Planet OM-1 with Sky Marshal Anoke. Back on Earth, Admiral Enolo Phid (Amanda Donohoe) suppresses this information as not to lower public moral and support for the war then it has already detorated. Dix finds out thanks to an officer who thinks this is wrong and recruits Rico to rescue the Sky Marshal and Lola, the latter being one of the few in possession of the coordinates to Sanctuary #5, which would cripple the military if the Arachnids learned of its location.

Back on OM-1, a supposed earthquake takes the life of Dr. Wiggs (Danny Keough) while the Sky Marshal views a giant eye staring back at him from below. Cynical cook Jingo Ryan (Jon Falkow) is next to die after he takes shelter from Warrior bugs within a cluster of supposed rock outcroppings, which are actually Arachnid limbs which pull him below. Engineer Bull Brittles (Stelio Savante) asks the very religious flight attendant, Holly Little (Marnette Patterson), to marry him, but he dies shortly after in another bug ambush.

Meanwhile on Earth, General Hauser confronts Admiral Phid about why she is abandoning the Sky Marshal, only to be arrested. Later, Phid reveals to him that Sky Marshal Anoke is responsible for the downfall of Roku San, having been in communication with the "Brain of Brains," also known as "Behemecoatyl." It turns out that the the original brain bug captured on Planet P (from the first ‘Starship Troopers’ movie) is still being held in Federation quarantee and has psychic powers. With the Brain Bug acting as a conduit for Behemecoatyl, Sky Marshal Anoke adopted the bug’s religion, hoping he could save humanity from the bugs if he could make peace with them. It is revealed that Anoke turned off the electric barrier surrounding the base on Roku San to show his willingness to make peace between the two species.

After visiting the facilty where the Brain Bug is being held, Admiral Phid and General Hauser discuss the situation where the Federation now believes the Brain Bug allowed itself to be captured in the first place on Planet P in order to pass on intelligence from inside The Federation. The Federation makes the decision to kill and dissect the captured brain but it overhears them and unleashes a telepathic scream, killing a few soldiers before Hauser kills it. It is revealed that Admiral Phid ignored the distress calls of those abandoned on OM-1 so she could become the new Sky Marshal; however, she failed to take into account that Lola, who is one of the few pilots of the Federation that knows the location of Sanctuary, was with Anoke.

Back on OM-1, the stranded survivors make contact with The Brain of Brains, who communicates with them through the corpses of their fallen comrades and soon kills Anoke for his knowledge; Lola and Holly, the last two left alive, begin to pray that they will be saved.

Suddenly, Rico leads the Marauders, an elite team of troopers composed of his command staff from Roku San, on a rescue mission, using the Federation’s new battle-suits. They defeat the Arachnid warriors on OM-1, suffering no casualties, and rescue the two survivors. OM-1 is revealed to be the home of the Bug Hive, the Arachnid’s ruling body, and Fleet destroys it from orbit with a planet-destroying "Q Bomb."

Rico is subsequently awarded a promotion to the rank of General, and given permanent command of the Marauder program. Anoke is reported to have died in a terrorist attack (staged by the government earlier to explain his disappearance) and given a hero’s funeral. Dix and Lola are married, Admiral Phid is appointed the new Sky Marshal with Dix as her second-in command, and Holly becomes a Federal chaplain. Dozens of peace protesters are hanged in connection to the terrorist attack and a Christian-esque religion is embraced by the Federation (seemingly for morale and propaganda purposes) as the war continues with no end in sight.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Steve Beswick known as line producer: USA
  • Greig Buckle known as line producer: South Africa
  • Charles Coffey known as associate producer
  • Jeff Diaz known as financial line producer
  • Claudio Fäh known as executive producer
  • Vlokkie Gordon known as associate producer
  • Steven Kemper known as executive producer
  • David Lancaster known as producer
  • Jörg Westerkamp known as co-producer
  • David Wicht known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Casper Van Dien known as Colonel Johnny Rico
  • Jolene Blalock known as Captain Lola Beck
  • Stephen Hogan known as Sky Marshal Omar Anoke
  • Boris Kodjoe known as Gen. Dix Hauser
  • Amanda Donohoe known as Admiral Enolo Phid
  • Marnette Patterson known as Holly Little
  • Danny Keogh known as Dr. Wiggs
  • Stelio Savante known as Chief Bull Brittles
  • Cécile Breccia known as Lt. Link Manion
  • Garth Breytenbach known as Pvt. Slug Skinner
  • Graeme Richards known as Lt. A. Danner
  • Tanya van Graan known as Sgt. A. Sunday
  • Antonio Summerton known as Sgt. M. Hightower
  • Nicole Salandra known as Sgt. J. Kirby (as Nicole Tupper)
  • Cokey Falkow known as Jingo Ryan
  • Stephen Jennings known as Commander Danko
  • Anthony Bishop known as Capt. Rye
  • Rob Vega known as Senior Exec. (as Robert Vega)
  • Murray Todd known as Farmer #1
  • Richard Thomson known as Farmer #2
  • Grant Swanby known as Barkeeper
  • Damon Berry known as Lt. Jackson
  • Joe Vaz known as Elmo Gonif
  • Karl Thaning known as Someone
  • Kira Wilkenson known as Someone Else (as Kira Wilkinson)
  • Tyrone Keogh known as MP Sergeant
  • Brendan Murry known as Sergeant
  • Adrian Collins known as Wounded Soldier
  • Jenny Stead known as Lt. Darla Lamb
  • Adam Neill known as Trooper – Alamo
  • Aubrey Shelton known as Politician (Bomb)
  • Kevin Otto known as Federal Expert (Bomb)
  • Peter Krummeck known as Retired Admiral (Bomb)
  • Victoria Bartlett known as Mom – Bomb
  • Lauren McGregor known as Young Mother
  • Craig Swanepoel known as Cute Boy Pilot
  • Robyn Olivia known as Com Sergeant
  • Fred Abrahamse known as Justice Ari
  • Jenna Saras known as Pretty Pilot
  • Mudi Mudau known as Attractive Captain
  • Bernard Fisher known as Trooper
  • Donal Slemon known as Tech 1
  • Alan Glauber known as Street Preacher
  • Tarryn Page known as Another Preacher
  • Bongo Mbutuma known as Sheepish Trooper
  • Anton Moon known as Chubby Trooper
  • Andre Laubscher known as Goat Farmer
  • Corey Burton known as Official (voice)
  • Billy Hendrickson known as Trooper
  • Catherine Oxenberg known as Tech 2 (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Carla Fourie known as assistant makeup artist
  • Amy Gregson known as assistant makeup artist
  • Zanmarie Hanekom known as key hair stylist (as Zaan Marie Hannekom)
  • Monique Le Roux known as assistant hair stylist
  • Colin Polson known as head makeup artist
  • Kimberley Spiteri known as hair stylist (as Kimberly Spiteri)
  • Juanette Van Der Merwe known as assistant makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Herbie Adler known as construction foreman (as Herbie Alder)
  • Cyril Shu Anyanga known as swing gang
  • Bongani Apleni known as assistant steel
  • John Appolis known as carpenter
  • Alfred Ashivudhi known as brush hand (as Alfred Ashiuudhi)
  • Akhona Bambeni known as brush hand
  • David Bastiaans known as head of department carpentry
  • Eric Bentshu known as head stage hand construction (as Mthengeleni Eric Bentshu)
  • Eric Bentshu known as set builder (as Eric Bentsu)
  • Xoliswa Gladys Bentshu known as construction tea lady
  • Zola Bhentshu known as casual laborer
  • Howard Lucky Booi known as casual laborer
  • Joshua Joel Booi known as casual laborer
  • Leonard Thando Booi known as casual laborer
  • George Brain known as construction foreman
  • Garry Brown known as construction foreman
  • Jerome Brown known as leadman
  • Raymond Camagu known as casual laborer
  • Chicco Cardoso known as swing gang (as Aurio 'Chico' Cardoso)
  • Clinton Coomer known as head stage hand
  • Hazel Crampton known as storyboard artist
  • Wilbert Khayaletu Dasi known as junior carpenter
  • Louis Du Preez known as illustrator
  • Palacious Aifranzo Faro known as toolman
  • Troy George Flanigan known as fabricator
  • Rob Foote known as carpenter
  • Brandan Gibb known as head stage hand construction
  • Tarquin Rex Goss known as set builder
  • Andrew Gouveia known as carpenter
  • Jacob Hair known as effects storyboard artist
  • Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson known as draftsman (as Jonathan Hely Hutchinson)
  • Peter Hlongwane known as set painter (as Yingwane Peter Hlongwane)
  • Resimate James Hlongwane known as casual laborer
  • Shira Hockman known as draftsman
  • Graham Inggs known as video graphics
  • Chris Jacobs known as carpenter
  • Paula Jones known as graphic artist
  • Themba Steven Khati known as assistant toolman
  • Leonard Klaas known as assistant carpenter (as Leonard Wongama Klaas)
  • Wilfred Kok known as head stage hand construction
  • Ndumiso Mpose Komdice known as casual laborer
  • Herbert Lotz known as construction foreman
  • Coenraad Louw known as fabrication foreman
  • Bangani Lwasi known as assistant carpenter
  • Stephan Madonsela known as set painter (as Velaphi Sephen Madonsela)
  • Harry Magoqoza known as assistant carpenter
  • Sitembele Wiseman Makinana known as painter
  • Mcebisi Patrick Manase known as junior carpenter (as Patrick Manase)
  • Jerad Marantz known as character designer
  • Louise Martin known as art coordinator
  • Mmakobo 'Mike' Matshabe known as set painter
  • Msikeleli 'Louis' Mawisa known as casual laborer
  • Absalom Willie Mbatha known as brush hand
  • Thabile Fabio Mbazwana known as stand-by set dresser
  • Zama Chaing Mcilongo known as casual laborer
  • Octavia McKenzie known as construction production assistant
  • Marc Melville known as stand-by property
  • Stanly Mlungisi known as casual laborer
  • David Mofemele known as junior carpenter
  • Binde Jean-Luc Mombo known as brush hand
  • Marion Moncek known as fabrication foreman (as Marian Moncek)
  • Daniel Morcos known as constructor
  • Melvin Ayanda Mshuduiu known as assistant stage hand
  • Keri Lorraine Murphy known as set painter
  • Thembani Ndulumbana known as assistant carpenter
  • Rene Nel known as set painter
  • Mawethu Ashley Ngange known as assistant carpenter
  • Wilfred Vuyolwethu Ngeno known as casual laborer
  • Sandile Jeffrey Nkohla known as swing gang
  • Simphiwe Welcome Nombila known as assistant carpenter
  • Thomas Nwethudhana known as brush hand
  • Simone Olivier known as set builder
  • Saadiqah Omar known as art runner
  • Vuyo 'Shoes' Peko known as assistant steel
  • Tracy Perkins known as set dresser
  • Clive Pollick known as construction manager: Bulls Eye
  • Marius Pretorius known as set finisher (as Marius-Lee Pretorius)
  • Thobelani Amos Qoba known as assistant carpenter
  • Martin Rea known as head stage hand construction
  • Nicholas Rondo known as assistant stage hand (as Xolani Nicholas Rondo)
  • Simphiwe Sidwell Rondo known as casual laborer
  • Gordon Russell known as head stage hand construction (as Gordon Joesph Russell)
  • Damien Rutherford known as lead hand carpenter
  • Milton Schorr known as stagehand (as Milton Leroy Schorr)
  • Mark Seath known as set builder
  • Cristiana Serra known as props buyer
  • Lucky 'Vincent' Shabalala known as casual laborer
  • Luvuyo Siyoiluyoihy known as casual laborer
  • Andile 'Ace' Skoti known as casual laborer
  • Christopher Skotshi known as brush hand
  • Pierre Smit known as painter
  • Douglas Smorenburg known as head stage hand construction
  • Enoch Spayer known as junior carpenter
  • Bonginkosi Spelman known as assistant carpenter
  • Jacques Swart known as set builder
  • Harrison Harry Tambe known as casual laborer
  • Mathias Tanui known as casual laborer
  • Heidi Thiart known as construction production assistant
  • Amidou Fombe Tiku known as swing gang
  • Bennet Bhynga Toleni known as casual laborer
  • Thembinkosi Lennox Twago known as casual laborer
  • Ellias Nyrmeko Tyembile known as casual laborer
  • Erica Van Den Raad known as construction coordinator
  • Vosloo Van Der Merwe known as steel foreman
  • Martin Van Geems known as property master
  • Megan Emma van Heerden known as fabricator
  • Michael van Kesteren known as draftsman
  • Kerry van Lillienfeld known as assistant set dresser
  • Louis van Niekerk known as stagehand
  • Werner van Niekerk known as carpenter
  • Etienne Janse van Rensburg known as head scenic
  • David William van Wyk known as set builder
  • Hamish Whitecross known as draftsman
  • Greg Whyte known as lead construction buyer
  • Jason Wright known as junior carpenter
  • Nqwelo 'Scara' Xolq known as casual laborer
  • Themba Elmond Yohane known as casual laborer




Production Companies:

  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (presents)
  • ApolloMovie Beteiligungs
  • Bold Films
  • Film Afrika Worldwide

Other Companies:

  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Monkeyland Audio  foley and sound effects design
  • Monkeyland Audio  re-recording and adr facilities


  • SPO (2008) (Japan) (theatrical) (in association with)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • LK-TEL (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic (2008) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Stage 6 Films (2008) (USA) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • 11:11 Mediaworks
  • HimAnI Productions
  • Patrick Tatopoulos Design
  • Synapse FX (pyrotechnic effects)
  • Tatopoulos Studios

Visual Effects by:

  • Johnathan R. Banta known as digital artist
  • Bill Black known as post production supervisor visual effects
  • Jim Davidson known as model and miniature set supervisor: sculptor
  • Elaine Edford known as visual effects executive producer: 4Ward Productions
  • Magic J. Ellingson known as miniature set operation
  • Magic J. Ellingson known as visual effects producers assistant: 4 Ward Productions
  • Zack Fox known as digital effects coordinator
  • David R. Hardberger known as visual effects camera man
  • Billy Hendrickson known as miniature effects unit: behemecoatyl sculptor
  • Chris Hopkins known as 3D visual effects artist
  • Justin Humphreys known as miniature set Operator
  • John Iskandar known as animator
  • Joseph Jones known as animator
  • Jerry Kalkhof known as animator
  • Khris Kaneff known as operator: miniature effects
  • Richard Kratt known as digital compositor
  • Kevin Kutchaver known as visual effects supervisor: HimAnI Productions
  • Steven Lawrence known as lead 3D artist: 11:11 MediaWorks
  • Steven Lloyd known as visual effects
  • Tom Martinez Jr. known as digital effects artist
  • Ko Maruyama known as visual effects
  • Robert McKinnon known as concept artist: Tatopoulos Studios
  • Robert Nall known as lead cg modeler
  • Roger Nall known as digital effects supervisor
  • Paul Salamoff known as visual effects coordinator
  • Joseph Schultz known as model construction: 4Ward Productions
  • Dennis Skotak known as visual effects supervisor
  • Robert Skotak known as visual effects supervisor
  • Paul Taglianetti known as visual effects producer
  • Jon Terada known as digital compositor
  • Clint Zoccoli known as model builder
  • Paul Kalil known as video graphics (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Japan 19 July 2008
  • USA 5 August 2008 (final release version)
  • Australia 6 August 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 2 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 10 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 10 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Russia 18 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Greece 22 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 23 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Poland 23 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 29 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • UK 29 September 2008
  • France 8 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 16 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 11 November 2008 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for violence, language and some nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. alexanderwiebe from Germany
    30 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    It was refreshing to see they reclaimed much of what made the firstmovie great when making Marauder. The filmmakers tried to copy the'style' of the first movie, and in some aspects they succeeded. Inothers however, they failed miserably. Nevertheless, I think they put alot of effort into the movie this time. For example, the federationbroadcasts of the first movie were fantastic because they carried a lotof atmosphere and had so much subtle irony included. In the thirdmovie, I think they overshot the mark a bit. There are a lot ofbroadcasts and they do a good job helping to create the film'satmosphere, but they are so openly ironic and sometimes it's almostcomedy. One would think the officials are crazy to actually air that(Strongly in contrary to the first movie's broadcasts).

    The story is not too bad. If you are willing to overlook some flaws youmight find to like it. They even implemented a plot twist, whichhowever was not very surprising at all. What I really could not standwas the needlessly exaggerated part about religion.

    The cast is OK, but I think the filmmakers should have brought more oldcharacters. It was nice to see Rico again; however it seemed the maincharacters were actually Lola and Dix instead of him. Dix's characteralso acts unreasonable on several occasions. And I found that the castfor the sky marshal was good, he has some charisma.

    CGI effects are not very impressive. The bugs seem slightly worseanimated than in 1997. So do explosions and the settings. The spaceships and broadcasts look nice though.

    Music is very average. Aside from the great song in the first broadcastthere are no themes that would grab your attention. You would expectmuch much more of Klaus Badelt after his Pirates of the Caribbeanscore. Maybe he should have oriented his work more on the fantasticscore of Basil Poledouris from the first movie. There is perhaps justone tiny little moment towards the end, where you would notice themusic as great support for the scene. But once you notice it, itsalready over.

    Writing this review I feel that there is actually not much positive tosay in detail. But the composition of all these clearly averagecomponents is slightly better, because the atmosphere was right. It canbe seen that this is in fact a Starship Troopers movie and not onlyshares the same name, as the second one did.

  2. (imdb-211)
    30 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    It's obvious to me that the makers of Starship Troopers 2 simply didnot understand the original Starship Troopers movie. Starship Trooperswas a great social satire, and is more relevant today than it ever wasbefore. The makers of Starship Troopers 2 thought it was just a dumbwar action flick and created their sequel based on that assumption.

    But Starship Troopers was not a movie about a war; it was a movie aboutthe society which waged this war.

    The people who made Starship Trooper 3 did not make the same mistake.They understood the appeal and the message of Starship Troopers,ignored the abysmal second part, and made a true sequel, even expandingon a lot of the themes started in the original.

    If you liked Starship Troopers but did not like the second part, givethis one a try (and if you haven't seen part 2, simply assume thatStarship Troopers 2 never happened and go straight to 3). You will notbe disappointed.

  3. Slasher_Guy
    30 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, is the third entry to the StarshipTroopers franchise started by Paul Verhoeven in 1997. The first wasgreat, action-packed and an entertaining movie on all levels. I haveonly seen parts of the unrelated sequel, and what I saw was bad and I'mpretty sure a lot of people think the same thing. Here comes StarshipTroopers 3, and I have to say…it's actually good. This isn't a greatmovie by any means, but it's a good sequel considering it's a DTVtitle.

    Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) is back kicking some butt in StarshipTroopers 3, and battling a new wave of bugs. Along the way, there's anew variety of characters, a good enough story and some decent actionscenes to keep you entertained. From the get go, the movie definitelygoes look like a low-budget film, but compared to some of the crap I'veseen, it's a good one and actually the first good film I've seen fromnew company "Sony Stage 6", who have dished out some crappy moviesrecently. The acting in the movie is good, with a few cheesyperformances here and there, and the characters are entertainingenough. Van Dien, of course, steals the show. The CGI in the movieisn't as good as the CGI in the first, but it's still good CGI. Itcould have been a lot worse, and the bugs looked realistic enough. Ifound it amusing they threw in a mini-homage to the first film as well,by giving us a gratuitous nude scene in the movie.

    Now, onto the not-so-good points. The action, whilst it was good, couldhave been better and there could have been a few more. The battlescenes in this movie are not on par with the first film. They couldhave been more violent, gorier and more drawn out. A lot of soldierswould just be grabbed by one of the creatures and killed off-screen, orthrown up in the air. Don't get me wrong, some of the deaths wereviolent and had quite a lot of blood spray, but we needed more like inthe first movie. The end battle could have been drawn out more as well,as it was pretty short. Now, what I think needed most improvement wasthe story. It would have been nice to make a few references to someabsent characters from the first, and to find out what happened to them- such as Rico's girl, Carmen (Denise Richards). I also thought thewhole religious theme started to get a little over-the-top by the endof the movie, and the whole religious bugs and talking bugs was alittle…stupid.

    Overall, Starship Troopers 3 isn't as great as the first, but for alow-budget DVD sequel, it's pretty good. It's got some good acting,good enough action, good enough CGI and a good enough story. You coulddo a lot worse, couldn't you? However, I do have to say that the moviewill probably be a love it or hate it between fans of the first film.Fans expecting a big-budgeted film like the first, with a Hollywoodcast and lots of violence and gore, will be disappointed. Fans of thefirst who can accept this film won't be a big-budgeted action flick andwill have cheesy moments, a lack of budget and not the best ofeverything, might just enjoy it. I wouldn't mind seeing as fourth, justbe sure to bring Dien back again!


  4. mystemo from Melbourne, Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    I tell ya I was dying to see this movie when I heard it was going to bereleased and it is a mixed bag. The Starship Troopers universe isexplored in more detail – we see more of the Federation and theirbehind the scenes antics plus we also get to see what Rico is up tonowadays. You can tell Casper Van Dien has aged from the first movie,but he does such a good job in his role. You can tell his character hasbeen amongst ongoing struggles and has such a commanding presence. Andyes he gets his gear off once again (phew, I was hoping). Thesupporting cast is OK – the Admiral is excellently bitchy andauthoritative and the Pilot was very tough and yet feminine, but therest were merely bodies to fill the screen, in my opinion. The filmdoes touch on a bit of this and a bit of that, but just falls short offeeling substantial, what the first film achieved so successfully. Thespecial effects are adequate for the budget and often look quite OK -there are also a few gory moments for those into exploding heads andsuch. Probably the most disappointing aspect was not the fact that theending was awfully soppy, clichéd and predictably going to lend itselffor a sequel, but that the Marauder element was so miniscule that ifyou blinked you'd miss it (relative to the remaining bulk of the film).Hopefully in the next film they push the marauders more and don't getbogged down in too much unnecessary dialogue. But overall StarshipTroopers 3 is a worthy watch and a decent followup to the other films.Thankyou for coming back to the series Casper, that's all I can say :)

  5. panzersam from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    As most of us Starship trooper fans know, The first movie wasbrilliant(except no tanks). The people who did manage to find thesecond movie know it sucked. Now we come to the Third. Although itsbetter than the second it doesn't match anywhere near as good as thefirst.

    Jonney Rico is back along with some other big names. But the realdisappointment was its overall making. It could have been so muchbetter. SGI and bad acting played a big role in that. We do see thereturn of the Starships and large combat but the set is still small. Ithas some good fighting scenes and some dull moments but over allwatchable.

    So now we must wait. see if there will be number 4 and hope to God itwill be high budget.

  6. from Close your Eyes
    30 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    First things first: This was probably not what most people expected,including myself. Having relished the original film, endured theabortion of the second, and always finding solace in the book, I wasready to face this one head on. It was funny, really funny. Aftergetting under the first layer of hilarity (mixed with appropriateamounts of red pulp), a scathing satire of current events emerged. Fora movie that promised absolutely nothing, it delivered everything. No,the acting isn't that hot, but it wasn't trying to be more than itcould be. Edward Neumeier succeeded in how he blended the hope and direwarnings of the original book, sprinkle it with hilarity, add a dash ofzombie style violence, top it off with hot chicks and shower scenes,finally to be served in a bowl of parody based satire.

    Thats enough for me.

  7. chrismorton from Dublin, Ireland
    30 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    I don't know why I kept watching to the end, but I did anyway and itreally wasn't worth my (or anyone else's for that matter) time.

    you don't need a big budget to make a good film, but it's impossible tohide a bad one with a small budget and this one must have had a REALLYsmall budget.

    I was surprised to see Jolene Blalock's name attached to this being astar trek fan I thought she might bring something to the movie, but I'mstarting to understand why she was cast as an emotionally void Vulcanin Enterprise. I'd also read comments about the state of her lips andthought it was just internet geeks going overboard, but they are reallybig now, significantly moreso than in her trek role, I think she needsto ease off on the collagen before they take over her face, they'restarting to look like she was beaten up.

    the SFX would have embarrassed the Red Dwarf crew at times they were sobad. For an example of how bad it gets check out the scene on the shipat warp where the view out the window isn't even CGI but some spacescene on a long roller rolled past the window really quickly with thesame repeating pattern over and over. I honestly don't think I've seenthat done since the 70's! even the bug CGI is barely up to video gamestandards and not a patch on the original (which is 11 years old (1997)now and still looking much better than anything in ST3).

    seriously guys, if you don't have the budget to make it properly, justdon't make it at all, for your own sakes as professionals as well asfor the sake of your fans. didn't you learn anything from ST2?

  8. soger from Romania
    30 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    This movie could have been so good, to bad they screwed it up.

    I like the idea of the Marauder Project but the CGI animating it isvery weak. So is the bug animation. Even the first movie looked betterthan this one and that was made in '97. I would say the CGI in thismovie is on the same level as Robocop 2 which was made 18 years ago.

    The story is consistent and entertaining except for the last fewminutes. I liked the heavy combats, the mysteries and the politicaltwists. It was interesting to see how a few men in power can manipulatethe "truth" if you give up democracy. For the most part the movie keptthe tone and the intensity of the first one but then they had to ruinit with the religious crap and cheesy love scenes at the end.

    My opinion is that they took it too far with the bugs. For example withthe exploding grenade bugs that you see in the first few minutes. Alsothe bugs' strength is their short lifespan hence their ability toevolve quickly. So, in my opinion this is in direct contradiction withthe big bugs that lives for a really long time. But I'm no biologistand this is not a documentary movie.

    You can notice that I did not mention Starship Troopers 2. I don't knowwhy people embarrass themselves with movies like ST2 (or even ST3) ifthey don't have the budget to make a decent movie. ST2 showed just abunch of amateur actors reading script from the autocue.

    So to sum it up I don't regret the 100 minutes spent watching the moviebut it will definitely not go into my personal collection.

  9. solsol-1
    30 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    Satire at its best.

    Punishments without legal trials? Check. An incompetent leader whothinks God speaks to him? Check. Suicide bombers? Check. Peacefulprotesters labeled as terrorists? Check. Swearing considered ablasphemy, while killings go unnoticed? Check. Defeat equals victory?Check.

    CGI has been improved – a lot of action sequences look bloodier thananything in the prequels. The "bugs" are more detailed and everyone hasbeen upgraded – the bugs have XXL-scorpions and humans have, well,shovels. If severed limbs and exploding heads are not enough forentertainment, then there are also political intrigues which provide afew twists to keep the story interesting.

    If the movie would take itself more seriously it could be a sci-fiepic. However, since the baddie "Main Brain" resembles more "Jabba fromStar Wars" and less "Alien from Alien" it fails to do so. Anyhow, theMarauders themselves are impressive weapons and all in all, at the endof the day, Starship Troopers 3 is a worthy sequel that provides adecent amount of entertainment.

  10. jack-964 from Netherlands
    30 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    Usually 'hinsight' created sequels aren't as good as the original andthis (part III) is no exception. In fact i sat it out, but wasincreasingly annoyed by the lack of creativity and intellect. The lasthalf hour is more like a crusade for religion (happens more and more inHollywood it seems) than a serious attempt to make a good sci fishoot'em up style movie. So the story is lame, the acting is doable,effects are OK, but nothing new or exciting.

    In the beginning old friends meet again, but these are all new actors(apart from Rico) and this is quite confusing. Obviously the makersfound that a problem too, since the emphasis is overdone. The war turnsinto showbiz and commerce, which is too realistic maybe (?!) and abattle is lost at some secret planet somewhere (its top secret so wearen't supposed to know either) The brass flees from the planet andends on some other secret planet due to a flat tire, after which Ricohas to go get them. And thats good for Rico, since he joined up in ahanging party, which have become in vogue. To 'spice' it up a bit, weget some boob shots and then Rico saves the day. Alls well that endswell, so they overkill a new bug-brain by destroying the whole planetits on. Or at least i hope so, or there will be another sequel. (Tostay in sync with the movie) God forbid!

    You can miss it.

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