The funny thing about Shinji Aramaki’s “Starship Troopers: Invasion” is that it looks a lot better when people are running around in their bulky space combat suits than when they’re out of them. When characters are just walking around in their undies, or in nothing at all (a common thing here), the CG animation leaves a lot to be desired. But that’s just one of the things about CG animation that I’ll never really be able to buy into. Fortunately there’s enough here in terms of wanton carnage, a totally fatalistic approach to warfare, and unrelenting bug action that helps me to overlook the film’s shortcomings.
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While we wait for that “Starship Troopers” reboot that may or may not be PG-13, Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico himself) has been busy working with “Appleseed” director Shinji Aramaki to bring us the CG sequel “Starship Troopers: Invasion”. Check out a new trailer for the film below. Yes, that’s apparently a gratuitous shower scene and someone straddling someone in bed. The troopers of two starships have joined forces to terminate a massive bug attack at a federation outpost. Before the mission can be completed and the survivors evacuated, one ship abruptly departs and goes inexplicably dark. The remaining battle-hardened troopers race to the rescue, only to discover that the threat from the bugs is about to hit home. I’m still not a fan of the CG animation they have going on here. Looks a bit cheap to me. The female character designs in particular look a little wonky. Anyways, watch the trailer and judge for yourself. The film hits… Continue Reading »
A shorter, but surprisingly more informative trailer for the CG movie “Starship Troopers: Invasion”, which includes a look at the film’s plot. Basically, bugs show up, eat people, and guys in armored battle suits have to go in and shoot them and stuff. Awesome. A distant Federation outpost Fort Casey comes under attack by bugs. The team on the fast attack ship Alesia is assigned to help the Starship John A. Warden stationed in Fort Casey evacuate along with the survivors and bring military intelligence safely back to Earth. Carl Jenkins, now ministry of Paranormal Warfare, takes the starship on a clandestine mission before its rendezvous with the Alesia and goes missing in the nebula. Now, the battle-hardened troopers are charged with a rescue mission that may lead to a much more sinister consequence than they ever could have imagined. The movie hits DVD in Japan first July 21st, 2012. No word on a Stateside release yet, though. As such,… Continue Reading »
If you were at Wonder Con today, then you might have made it into the panel for “Starship Troopers: Invasion”, the latest, CG entry into the never-say-die sci-fi franchise. Frankly, I expected this franchise to die out a decade ago, but I guess there’s still stories to be told. Or, er, money to be made. Thus: “Starship Troopers: Invasion”. But in case you missed the shindig over at Wonder Con, here’s your first look at the CG movie. There’s really not a whole lot here, but I can see how making a CG sequel would make more sense than live-action, especially given the progressively cheap nature of the sequels. CG allows you to go pretty much crazy with the franchise’s world. For instance, those power suits will look so much cooler when you don’t need to worry about budget. A distant Federation outpost Fort Casey comes under attack by bugs. The team on the fast attack ship Alesia is assigned… Continue Reading »
Neal Moritz, producer of “Fast Five”, has handed out writing assignments to the writing duo of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (“X-Men: First Class”) to knock out a script for a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 movie “Starship Troopers” for him, according to Vulture. Who doesn’t remember “Starship Troopers”? The big-budget Hollywood studio adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s novel of the same name, starring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, and an incredibly goofy, awful Denise Richards? The film showed off Verhoeven’s craft at its best — sly, satirical, action-packed, and more often than not, incredibly questionable in terms of taste. The original spawn two low-budget sequels that went direct-to-DVD, along with an ongoing animated TV show that, from what I can recall, lasted a couple of seasons. There is also a four film, “Starship Troopers: Invasion” due out in 2012, but who knows if that will ever get released. Of course, it remains to be seen if the remake will… Continue Reading »
I love 1997′s “Starship Troopers”. Didn’t care all that much for 2004′s cheapie sequel “Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation”, though it had its moments. Didn’t even bother to watch 2008′s “Starship Troopers 3: Marauder”. As such, I have no idea if I’ll bother to watch the latest “Troopers” entry, the upcoming animated “Starship Troopers: Invasion”, which is currently in production with “Appleseed” director Shinji Aramaki doing the honors, and franchise writer Edward Neumeier and actor Casper Van Dien back. The plot of “Invasion” will find Neil Patrick Harris’ Carl Jenkins character from the 1997 movie going missing “while on a clandestine mission with alien bug-fighting soldiers tasked with a rescue mission that has sinister consequences.” Obviously with Van Dien back, Johnny Rico will also be back. The film is scheduled to open theatrical in Japan where the franchise is apparently still very popular, sometime next year, but Stateside fans will probably find it on DVD/Blu-ray.