Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

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Overview

Humanity's war against the bugs continues in this sequel to Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi soap opera epic, Starship Troopers. This time, when a squad of troopers is stranded on a bug-infested planet, their only hope for survival lies in an abandoned outpost, where things take a turn for the worse. A lone survivor by the name of Captain Dax Richard Burgi awaits them there, locked away for killing his crazed commanding officer. When a group of strangers arrives at the base, the squad is faced with a new threat from their...
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Overview

Humanity's war against the bugs continues in this sequel to Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi soap opera epic, Starship Troopers. This time, when a squad of troopers is stranded on a bug-infested planet, their only hope for survival lies in an abandoned outpost, where things take a turn for the worse. A lone survivor by the name of Captain Dax Richard Burgi awaits them there, locked away for killing his crazed commanding officer. When a group of strangers arrives at the base, the squad is faced with a new threat from their alien enemy that will pit every surviving human against each other. With an army of bugs surrounding the compound and mysterious internal forces plotting against the group, it's up to Dax and Pvt. Lei Sahara Colleen Porch to try and hold out before the rescue team arrives. Effects maestro Phil Tippett Star Wars, Jurassic Park makes his directing debut in this made-for-cable movie that features a script by the series' original scribe, Edward Neumeier.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Bypassing most of the cheekiness that was the backbone of its predecessor, Starship Troopers 2 is a dark and horrific tale that's modest in its budget but high in its execution. The sequel focuses on a more tense and claustrophobic level that works hard for its scares while delivering once again on the gore factor. Acclaimed effects artist Phil Tippett makes an impressive leap to the director's chair with this straight-to-cable (and later to DVD) feature that's sure to turn a few skeptics' heads. In fact, the turn to horror is an admirable one that pays off in more ways than one. While it might've helped the production to have kept the secrecy of "who's infected and who's not" plot intact (creating a denser and more frightening base for a fright flick), one could say that that would have been too much of a tonal shift for such a sequel. What's fun is that Starship Troopers 2 teeters between moody, nasty, and outrageous, all in unexpectedly entertaining ways. Ed Neumeier's script is still full of the glorious biting dialogue that only he could cook up -- see all dialogue from the General (Ed Lauter) for proof -- with his patented political satire just below the surface for the hardcore sci-fi nuts to fetish over. The sense of maniacal glee that oozes from Paul Verhoeven is definitely missed, as is Clancy Brown's charisma and strongly defined character in the first film (it was rewritten after scheduling conflicts), but it's hard to dwell on such issues with such a fine popcorn-loving movie like this one to feast on. The effects look surprisingly good, it's bloody, and it has just enough laughs and scares in it to make it one fine time at the movies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • UPC: 043396018471
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burgi Captain Dax
Lawrence Monoson Lt. Pavlov Dill
Colleen Porch Pvt. Lei Sahara
Ed Lauter General J. G. Shepherd
Brenda Strong Sgt. Dede Rake
Kelly Carlson Pvt. Charlie Soda
Sandrine Holt Pvt. Jill Sandee
Ed Quinn Corporal Joe Griff
Bill Brown Pvt. Otis Brick
Cy Carter Pvt. Billie Otter
J.P. Manoux T/Sgt. Ari Peck
Drew Powell Pvt. Kipper Tor
Jason-Shane Scott Pvt. Duff Horton
Jason Shane-Scott
Brian Tee Cpl. Thom Kobe
Tim Conlin Fleet Pilot
Bobby C. King Smiling Lieutenant
David Wells Recruiting Sergeant
William Stromberg Conductor
Technical Credits
Phil Tippett Director, Co-producer
Franco-Giacomo Carbone Production Designer
Jon Davison Producer
Penny Ellers Casting
Glenn S. Gainor Executive Producer
Michael Lantieri Special Effects Supervisor
Mark Anthony Little Asst. Director
John W. Morgan Score Composer
Ed Neumeier Co-producer, Screenwriter
Jennifer Parsons Costumes/Costume Designer
Louise Rubacky Editor
Christian Sebaldt Cinematographer
William Stromberg Score Composer
Ed White Sound/Sound Designer
John R. Zachary Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the same

    The original Starship Troopers achieved a high cult-like following with humanity's war against the bugs, but the sequel doesn't cut it. A promising movie that had more overt themes of the horrors of war, ignorance of war, and a one-world fascist state that owned every human being in the original was coopted with even weirder and freakier violence with small brain bugs and less gore but with pseudosexual themes. Dax played a minor relief.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie isn't worth one star.

    The header says it all. The first movie was an action packed look at a facist future. This is a half-baked attempt at milking the name 'Starship Troopers' for all its worth. Robert A. Heinlein would cry at this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sets the troopers for the final battle

    This movie was good and all, but the point I got out of it was it was to bring out more and interesting new bugs for the final showdown, whenever they make it.

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