Based on the original film Starship Troopers that was directed by
Paul Verhoeven, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder once again returns
viewers to this rich science fiction universe which is based on the
1959 novel by Robert A. Heinlein, the Starship Soldier.
“sequel”, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder is more like an official
sequel to 1997 movie as it returns Casper Van Dien as Johnny Rico
who has managed to survive the bug war and even be promoted to
Colonel. As the Federation is still involved in the “Bug War”, there
are now sentiments against whether this war is causing more damage
The film starts on the farming planet called Roku San
where Johnny Rico receives a visit from one of the Federations most
acclaim Sky Marshalls, however the electrified perimeter that is
protecting the colonists is somehow disabled that causes the planet
to be thrown in turmoil.
Fortunately for the sky Marshall, he is
rescued by Captain Lola beck (Jolene Blalock) who is looking as
stunning as ever but as they attempt to return to Earth, their space
cruiser is hit by a bug attack and they are forced to land on a bug
To compound the situation, Johnny Rico has been
court marshaled by an old friend and in a classic war movie twist,
his execution is staged, nevertheless he must now help recover the
missing Sky Marshall.
The movie features quite a few references to
the original movie such as Federation propaganda “it’s a good day to
die”, over the top acting and cliché after cliché. As a fan of the
original, this current incarnation does compliment the first movie,
however where the movie will lose points is in its special effects
department that dances between poor to good. However as the movie
was created for the DVD market, this can almost be forgiven but
it would have been nice if the developers decided to make this into
a fully fledged motion picture.
The video quality of Starship Troopers 3: Marauder is quite detailed
at times, although does have a few scenes with an excessive amount
of noise. The colours are quite vibrant and some of the poorer
special effects will be definitely more noticed on the high quality
The audio quality of the film is quite good, although
sometimes the special effects do take precedence but through our
surround sound setup, the quality was impressive.
The disc contains
a plethora of special extras from two commentaries to give you a
true insight into the behind the scenes of the movie and the
justification of this “B” grade movie that is quite entertaining and
informative at times.
There are also some interesting featurettes,
interviews and facts about the world of Starship Troopers. The worst
special features is the music video by Sky Marshall Omar Anoke who
sings “It’s a Good Day to Die” that is quite scary but is a part of
the strange world of Starship Troopers.
Definitely a movie to be
watched by those who enjoyed the first movie or for those like an
almost spoof science fiction movie. Definitely cool!
Commentary by Writer/Director Ed
Neumeier plus stars Casper Van Dien,
Jolene Blalock and Boris Kodjoe
- On The
Bounce: The Making of Marauder
Evolution: The Bugs of Starship
Marauder's Mobile Infantry
- "It's A
Good Day To Die" Music Video
Marauder Mode - Picture in Picture