When Starship Troopers came out, it was mostly received as an action-packed sci-fi movie filled with gnarly alien bugs, plenty of graphic violence, and some nudity for the horny teens out there. But slowly people realized that even though the director of RoboCop may not be subtle, he’s certainly not bombastic enough to make such a hollow movie. Instead, as the Starship Troopers Honest Trailer reminds us, this is a smart satire of the propaganda of war and the stupid people who buy into it.
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Starship Troopers star Casper Van Dien, AKA Johnny Rico, reprises his famous role to help raise awareness of child abuse in one of the weirdest Public Service Announcements ever produced. This PSA is not only real, but it’s brand spanking new. It wasn’t filmed years ago when the movie was released but was just shot a few weeks ago. Watch it after the jump and for more information about Childhelp please visit www.childhelp.org.
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No NPH? No rental. Perhaps the makers of Starship Troopers 3: Marauder should have thrown a good portion of that $20 million budget (yes, it’s direct-to-DVD) at Neil Patrick Harris, the token star of Paul Verhoeven’s campy, nihilistic 1997 original. The Japanese trailer has arrived and while it looks much better than anything I may have accidentally gleamed from the first home-market sequel, so does a half-eaten, six-day old meatball sub and Lost Boys 2. Do you think the Japanese subtitles here make everything seem that much more happy-joy? I do.
The SST franchise should really consider a move into the TV ether or webisodes. Casper Van Dien is back (from the dead?) as trooper Johnny Rico, the bugs are abundant and don’t look too disagreeable (Tremors 9 eat your Kevin Bacon stand-in’s heart out), and marking his debut as a director, Robocop writer Edward Neumeier has clearly found a canon to expand for a certain loyal fanbase (greetings). But I’m not sure the original film’s satirical B-movie propaganda works in the context of an actual B-movie. Almost meta, but not. There are shades of Battlestar Galactica here and shades of…okay, I’m just going to be nice.
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Starship Troopers 3: Marauder will be released on DVD on August 5th, 2008.
Discuss: What did you think of the trailer for SST3? Who is the coolest exterminator character in film history?
Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers is now aged more than a decade, and while it’s common for fans to say that the film was ahead of its time, it’s better to say that it arrived outside the time-space continuum altogether. In a perfect world, all movies would be $100 million midnight events satirizing various establishments while offering generous dollops of startling sci-fi special effects, nudity, splattered guts and the Doog. In reality, the second Starship Troopers sequel, Starship Troopers: Marauder is headed to a shelf near you, as these new photos from the flick attest. No glimpses of the giant bugs, though.
Casper Van Dien, who occasionally resides in Spinal Tap’s “Where are they now” file, is back to resume his role as the newly appointed general Johnny Rico. The budget for Marauders is a healthy $20 million, with Verhoeven pal and screenwriter Edward Neumeier (Robocop, SST) directing the franchise’s latest bug war. A release date is TBA.
So, did any of you see the first sequel, 2004’s Hero of the Federation? Our comments section can have therapeutic qualities, so discuss below.
See more photos on starshiptroopers3.net.