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Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (Special Edition) (Bilingual)

Billy Brown , Richard Burgi , Phil Tippett    DVD
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A low-budget classic is born May 31 2004
I must say first of all that a number of the one-star reviews here seem to have been written by the same malajusted teenage troll. This critic didn't 'get' the first film, but thought it was just a big ride with explosions and giant bugs. It was a lot more than that, and this sequel is a lot more than a cheap knock-off.
Criticisms first: the over-riding sense of irony of the first film is not present here, which was a script writing decision. This film also does not match the huge action/FX scenes of the first film, a necessary result of the limited budget. As a result, this film is not like the first one. Let's acknowledge this and move on from there...
The opening and closing sequences are the least impressive parts of the movie, and it's here that the budget limitations really show. I think we can forgive this, based on the infinitesimal budget (5% of the first movie's), and the high quality of the main, middle part of the film. Once we get past the cheesy skeleton shot, this movie really comes into its own area of excellence. I agree with others here that the nudity seemed gratuitous, although in the commentary the writer, director and producer seem to agree that it fitted with the character and situation. Also, the music, while generally good, sometimes plays Heroic when it should really play Dramatic Ambivalent. This is particularly jarring during the climax of the final action scene.
Beyond these criticisms, this movie is really very good. There are a lot of characters, both low-key and creepy, but they are all well delineated, and the acting ranges from okay to excellent. The set design and cinematography are terrific, especially given the budget.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not great, pretty much forgetable June 21 2004
I was pretty disappointed in this movie for a few reasons. One is you never see the bugs in daylight, which drops a hint at the limited special effects crew who did all there work on a small soundstage. Another thing was that this flick didn't have the same tongue in cheek humor that the first one did. And lastly, Denise Richards did not return, even though she lived. Now her commanding officer died in the first one. I remember her getting cut in half by a closing door. She's returned as an Uber-lesbo Sergeant. If you're going to bring back a dead character, I would have wanted Dizz.
This movie starts out with action right from the beginning. A platoon of MI are fighting their way to a fortress through a bug army. When they get there they meet a 'murderer'. He's actually the hero of the movie, but I won't give too much away.
This time around, the bugs have a new bug. A foot-long spider that goes down your throat and possesses you. It can be passed from person to person by mouth. So you can imagine how the hot blonde who spends most of her time naked in this movie can take out everyone from private to general, (and she just about does). Some blood and guts here and there, but nothing shocking or new.
This isn't a great movie by any means, I don't even want to say it was a good movie. I'd call it a fair movie. Don't compare it to the first one though, because then you call it a lousy and disappointing movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel! May 11 2004
Picking up the story from five years after the first film, a group of Troopers are cut off from extraction and make their way to a seemingly abandoned outpost to await rescue. Leaving four Troopers behind to cover their escape, they arrive to find a Colonel Dax imprisoned in an incinerator with an obvious bug battle having eradicated the rest of his men. Records state he murdered his commanding officer and the new group of Troopers initially mistrust him, but come to find he has reasons. With the arrival of the surviving group from the initial escape, those reasons seem to be re-occurring in the outpost.
Obviously, ST2 is not a kids movie-- it is kick-a** science fiction horror . True to the style seen in the original film. Lots of gore here. Bugs killing people and so on but also new even more gore stuff than in the first movie. All special effects are top-notch and two battle sequences have an epic quality to them. I do like new species of bugs - it's nice to see intergalactic beasties that aren't too derivative of the titular menace from Alien.
Yes you can see the movie was made on a lower budget than the first one, but it delivers anyway.
The story is similar to that one in Thing, but there are some interesting twists. Also I certainly applaud Director and Writer for attempting to send a message from a film within a genre that usually lacks subtext. This is an anti-war movie. Also it's nice to see strong characterization for the genre., it's good to see the cast is each given a personality. While we may not see each one fully fleshed out (it is an action movie, after all), we know they're there.
Because it's more horror than war-movie, some people will don't like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Aliens meet Grunts in Space. July 6 2004
A disappointment! A dark, dirty facsimile of the original, missing the humor and the team bonding of that first. If you are looking for a SCI FI escape,this is not the film. If you are looking for the horror genre, such as Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the Thireenth, this might be a three star. Gore for the blood thirsty. Like Alien, the bugs have infiltrated.
I watched Starship Troopers 2 only once; Starship Troopers half a dozen times.
Good performances:
Brenda Strong as Sgt. Dede Rake is a real D.I.
J.P. Manoux as T/Sgt Ari Peck, his acting that makes you itch.
Ed Quinn as Corporal Joe Griff, charismatic medic
Richard Burgi - Captain Dax; probably did a good job, but reminded me too much of Richard Hatch from Survivors.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Low budget crap cashing in on the success of part 1.
There is not even an attempt to make a good movie here. Certainly no attempt at originality, as they practically plagiarize Alien, but with bad actors and bad writing. Read more
Published on July 21 2011 by Jag Sulla
2.0 out of 5 stars Shame Shame Shame
As the first movie slaps you around with great stuff, this sequel
just scratches a bit. My Gosh, with such a great movie, you would
think someone would write a good... Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2004 by Andre Villemaire
First off, let's get real here, Starship Troopers, the original opus from Paul Verhoven, wasn't the greatest sci-fi movie ever made. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by stryper
1.0 out of 5 stars A familiar name....a dissapointing sequal
The first Starship Troopers had it's flaws for sure, but was still solid, well made, and quality enough to build a cult following. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Lodicus
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Low Budget Sci Fi horror movie
Based on some of the other reviews of this movie, some people seem to be jaded by the slick overly commercialized high budget Sci-Fi blockbusters. Read more
Published on July 6 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars An example of the movie indestry trying to RIP off the publi
I hope to being the rating down!! We need to learn to call things the way they are..
To those that funded this movie, SHAME on you being soo CHEEP!!! Read more
Published on July 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe 3 stars would be enough...
... but I'm giving it one more to try and rise the average. Well, I belive there are truly some bad movies out there, but I think most times people don't like a movie it's becouse... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by J. A. T.
1.0 out of 5 stars In the name of all that is good, don't buy this movie
After about 30 minutes of this, I was lucky enough to find a pencil to poke my eyes out. The relief came quickly....
Published on July 1 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Starship Poopers
As disappointing as the first movie was to anyone who'd read Robert Heinlein's book, this piece of dreck is insulting to both his memory and the admittedly impressive effects of... Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Dan Mcgarry
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This movie is bad.
How bad is it?
Not long ago I had a colonoscopy. During the procedure, the doctor let me look at the monitor. Read more
Published on June 29 2004
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