Review : Starship Troopers 2 (2004)

Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation was directed by Phil Tippett and was released in 2004.

This direct-to-video film is the prime example of unnecessary and pointless sequels, whose creators’ sole purpose is to make money off the great movie that Starship Troopers is.

The war against the bugs is still taking place. A squad of soldiers is stranded on a bug-planet and take refuge in an abandoned outpost. There, they find another soldier, imprisoned for the murder of a commanding officer. They must survive until a rescue team arrives.

Though the script has been written by Starship Troopers’ screenwriter, it has nothing of the greatness of the original film. It lacks in every aspect that made the first movie so enjoyable, entertaining and clever.

It has some redeeming qualities : a dark and claustrophobic atmosphere, some effects work quite well and it is more horror-oriented than the first movie. Unfortunately, these do not outweigh the negative and overall I didn’t enjoy Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation.

The nudity felt unnecessary, the plot seemed to be going nowhere and the characters were forgettable. One detail really bothered me, especially since I watched the first movie just before watching the sequel, was using the same actor for two completely different parts in both movies. It really confused me and took me out of the movie.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation. It has none of the qualities that made Starship Troopers such a great movie. Stay away from this pointless sequel.


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