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Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
Starship Troopers 3 Marauder
Actors: Casper Van Dien, Jolene Blalock, Amanda Donohoe, Marnette Patterson, Boris Kodjoe
Director: Ed Neumeier
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2008     1hr 45min

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder explodes with mind-blowing man-on-bug combat! Col. Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) is back to lead his team on a secret mission to rescue a small crew of troopers stranded on the remote planet o...  more »

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Actors: Casper Van Dien, Jolene Blalock, Amanda Donohoe, Marnette Patterson, Boris Kodjoe
Director: Ed Neumeier
Creators: Lorenzo Senatore, Klaus Badelt, Michael Bateman
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Aliens
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/05/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 7
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 7/10/2010...
A flawed film that has some entertaining moments.

Movie Reviews

It Is a Good Day to Die
AMP | Somewhere on Earth | 08/13/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"My Rating: 3.75 out of 5

The Good Things
*Has a good amount of action and special effects.
*Very good photography.
*Better production quality than "Starship Troopers 2." Sets, props, and costumes are great. Introduces plenty of new gadgets and new alien bugs.
*Remains true to the original concepts and ideas presented in the last films.
*Storyline is good and easy to follow.
*Writing is generally good. The movie has a few good lines (some unintentionally funny).
*Greater insight on the political system (the Citizen's Federation). Much of the movie focuses on the inter-office transactions in the high-ranking sections, so it's more than just a bunch of guys with guns blowing stuff up.
*Interesting themes about religion and politics. Some interesting satire (but still not up to par with the first film).
*Good cast of characters. Acting is passable.
*Music is okay.

The Bad Things
*Probably not for the squeamish. Contains some bloody violence and nudity (but it's not quite as bad as the last two films).
*Despite the slick-looking production value, it's still not up to par with the first film, and can therefore be seen as inferior (I don't think it's too bad, though). Also, some special effects do look a little fake.

"Starship Troopers 2" was completely dull; I was pleased to see that number 3 returned to the basic fundamentals of the first original film. Aside from bringing back Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien), they've also brought back the battles, the satire, the gung-ho attitude, and consequently, the fun. It expands the franchise a little better too, incorporating more interesting political issues and ideas, and presenting a religious element. It's still not quite up to par with the first movie, but it sure beats the crud out of the second.

The DVD has good video quality. The sound is okay, but seems overdriven and distorted in some parts. It includes a few featurettes. The Blu-Ray has great video quality and okay sound.

If this review has not been helpful, then you are in violation of the Federation's morale, and need to be executed (or rather, leave a comment and tell me how I can improve)."
Campy, Corny, and Fun
Karen Joan | Texas | 08/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"STARSHIP TROOPERS 3: MARAUDER is a direct to DVD movie based loosely on a world and characters created by Robert A. Heinlein in his classic sci-fi adventure novel STARSHIP TROOPERS. While this movie is neither high budget nor high art, it is a very entertaining way to spend an evening at home. It is also a MUCH better follow on to the original STARSHIP TROOPERS movie than the simply dreadful second installment.

Casper Van Dien returns as our hero, Johnny Rico. His is joined by STAR TREK veteran Jolene Blalock as the rather well-formed, command pilot, damsel-in-distress. The performances by these two are very enjoyable, and it is good to see them both working again. They are joined by a very able supporting cast, all of whom add to the fun.

The special effects are a bit worn and corny, but overall, they work just fine for the comic book style of the movie. The Bugs are back, still trying to exterminate the humans, and we are trying just as hard to exterminate them back. Tons of explosions, lots of gore, and our hero saves the day. Pretty much what you want in a good, old fashioned "B" movie.

And the best part of all, we finally, finally get what we have been waiting for: the Mech Suits!! They were everything I had always imagined, and more. What took you guys so long??? The mechanized battle suits are what define the Mobile Infantry. Now, Johnny Rico will truly be the hero that Heinlein wrote. STARSHIP TROOPERS 3: MARAUDER is well worth seeing, especially for that reason. Recommended.
Terrible script
Kevin Burnett | 09/13/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The title of this review says it all.

I could overlook the less than good acting, the less than realistic special effects and the blatant Christian proselytizing if this movie had a script that contained believable dialog and situations.

The movie starts out in a fashion much like the original Starship Troopers from 1997, with the somewhat sarcastic faux television/webcast like commercials. There is an exception though, this time the Federation seems even more totalitarian than in 1997's Starship Troopers.

After the faux commericials, we take up action on a farming planet called Roku San, where the Mobile Infantry defends an ungratiful farming colony. Colonel Johnny Rico, reprised by Casper Van Dien, is the commander of the MI troopers at Roku San.

The poor acting and poor special effects start off right off the bat, and it doesn't get better. The bugs are so obviously blue screens, props and very bad computer effects. It really boggles the mind that in 2008 someone would actually put out something with special effects this poorly done.

Casper Van Dien tries only so-so to capture that feel of the original, and Jolene Blalock, as Captian Lola Beck a former friend/lover of Johnny Rico, seem to forget she's not a Vulcan on Enterprise. Her acting was downright emotionless. Then the other star of the movie (I use the term 'star' lightly.) is Boris Kodjoe, who plays General Dix Hauser, the current love interest of Capt. Beck.

The whole plot was illogical and predictable. All I have to do is start with the premise that Sky Marshal Anoke was somehow able to access the power generators on Roku San, thus shutting down the electric fence and letting the bugs into the base. We don't learn this until later in the movie, but it's just a small example of the pure idiocy of the plot, because this fence was critical to the very survival of the colony, so it seem quite illogical that there weren't multiple redundancies and safe guards against someone either accidentally or purposely shutting it down. After all, there was a near insurgent population of farmers on the base.

In the end, this movie lost me with the entirely unbelievable plot and poor dialog. It was due to this that I wasn't able to overlook the bad acting and rotten special effects. Many time I am able to overlook these things with most "B" grade sci-fi, if the plot can suspend disbelief.

Just like the Alien franchise, I hate seeing a potentially good franshise ran into the ground like this."