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STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION (2004) *

If you are like me and you love the original Starship Troopers, do whatever you can to avoid this straight-to-DVD pile of bug shit.  Remember how the first Starship Troopers had a lot of biting black humor and was filled with satirical jabs at the armed forces recruitment process?  Uh-uh.  Not in this movie.  How about the awesome special effects of swarming teems of thousands of bugs attacking soldiers?  It’s here, but only in the first five minutes or so.  Doogie Howser dressed up like a futuristic Nazi?  Nada. 

 

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How about the fact that this flick’s budget was so fucking pathetic (they only had 5% of the original’s moolah) that the filmmakers were forced to come up with another way for soldiers to fight bugs that somehow didn’t involve expensive CGI effects.  What they settled on is having the bugs get inside the soldiers’ bodies and controlling them so that they can turn other soldiers into human bug farms. 

 

The thing that really depressed me about this cheap-ass soulless hemorrhoid of a movie was that it ripped off wholesale from countless other (BETTER) movies left and right and never bothered to come up with anything new on its own.  The Marine grunts running around shooting aliens was exactly like Aliens.  The aliens that jump down the throats of their victims and turn them into mindless, seemingly indestructible drones was exactly like The Hidden.  The alien drones in human form conspiring to turn others into one of “them” is exactly like Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  Using psychics to… ugh… you get the idea. 

 

The ONLY thing that this flick really had going for it was the gore.  There were a few fine impalings, a severed head, fingers getting chopped off, and bugs bursting out of people’s skulls.  The nudity was fleeting but it was there. 

 

Legendary FX man Phil Tippett made his directorial debut with this shit stain.  While he is an expert in the special effects field (this is the man who invented Tauntauns here, people), when it comes to directing living, breathing actors; the results are anything BUT special.

 

The butch lesbo gets the only good line of the flick when she says, “Is this one of your psychic hot flashes?” 

Tags: s, sci-fi, sequel
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