Starship Troopers is one of the most overhated movies of the late 90s. Well it's not really overhated so much as it is loudly reviled at every opportunity by nerdish fans of Robert Heinlein's high-on-military-politics, low-on-action, bordering-on-supporting-fascism (so I'm told) original novel. Most every day movie-goers I know enjoy it for what it is. Paul Verhoeven, king of the ultra-violent tongue-in-cheek satire, was never going to go delving in to a faithful reproduction and the movie as it stands is an enjoyable balls-to-the-wall popcorn flick about men blowing up aliens and aliens ripping apart men and Michael Ironside growling like a badass mofo as only Michael Ironside does best.
Starship Troopers 2 was a movie everyone who had the misfortune of seeing is encouraged to loudly revile. A no-budget DTV disaster, gone were the big bugs, gone were the satircal swipes at a passive-fascist future and in was brought a rather cheap and nasty rehash of The Hidden or Invasion of the Body Snatchers or any of the other 1001 movies out there where an alien parasite takes control of humans and makes them evil. It was flat, boring and had nothing that resembled the original's over the top bombast.
So now comes Starship Troopers 3: Maurader. Back is the bugs. Back is the Federal Network. Back is writer and now director Edward Neumeier, Back is Johnny Rico. Yes, Casper Van Dien has given up starring in Uwe Boll movies and Christian propaganda flicks to return to the only role anyone remembers him in.
You can watch the trailer below but be prepared. It's about what you'd expect from a first time director with less than quarter of the budget of the original movie but a dogged determination to try and bring back what people enjoyed so much in the first movie. There's bad acting (which always seemed intentional with Verhoeven when it happened; not so here), widly varying quality of effects work, blatent cheap soundstage work, and Casper Van Dien trying to growl for all he's worth now that he's a 40 year old man getting to play a 40 year old man instead of a 30 year old man playing an 18 year old.
Starship Troopers 3: Maurader has no fixed release date at this time.
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