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Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Jolene Blalock, Amanda Donohoe, Marnette Patterson, Stephen Hogan, Boris Kodjoe
Director: Ed Neumeier
Rating: M18 (Violence & Nudity)
Year Made: 2008




- Evolution: The Bugs of Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
- Enlist: Marauder's Mobile Infantry
- Music Video: It's a Good Day to Die (Extended Version)
- Filmmaker Commentary
- Director & Cast Commentary
- On the Bounce: The Making of Marauder



Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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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 of OM-1. Battling bugs, both new and old, the new "Marauder" advanced weapons technology may be their only hope against a treasonous element operating within the Federation itself. As Captain Lola Beck (Jolene Blalock) and the rest of the starship crew fight to survive in the harsh conditions, it begins to dawn on them that something on OM-1 is very, very wrong. This time the bugs have a secret weapon that could destroy humanity. Join the Mobile Infantry in this intergalactic action-packed adventure.


Edward Neumeier shouldn't be a stranger to most science fiction genre movie fans. Having co-written RoboCop and hence working with director Paul Verhoeven, they collaborated again in making the original Starship Troopers movie some 11 years ago. While Verhoeven departed from directing the Robo and Starship franchises beyond their first movies, Neumeier continued providing the stories for the sequels, and contributed to some stories in the RoboCop television shows. He finally got his hands dirty at directing this installment of Starship Troopers, titled Marauder.

While Troopers creator Robert A, Heinlein would likely have flipped at the creative liberties taken with the original big-budgeted film (which I enjoyed, but I know many others who loathed it), this movie finally equipped the Mobile Infantry troopers with some heavy armour and advanced weaponry, which was lacking in the first movie and had purists waving their fists at it, but alas the Marauder was nothing more than over-glorified armour weaponry that was given all but 5 minutes of screen time.

However, if you'd expect Marauder to come full of advanced effects, that you'll be disappointed. The entire movie suffered from a relatively low production budget, and looks very much firmly in place in the B-grade collection with scenes obviously set in small sound stages, and effects so rough that the original movie looked like Rembrandt in motion. Aptly put, it doesn't go beyond an average television episode, so if you're OK with that, then you'll be at home with this particular installment.

Director-writer Neumeier brought back the character of Johnny Rico after his absence in the second movie. When we last saw Rico, we actually followed his career to earn his citizenry, from Cadet to Lieutenant, and now he's already made Colonel, protector of planet P. Casper Van Dien makes his welcomed return to the role, and joins Jolene Blalock's Lola Beck, who's a suspected old flame of Rico's, which brings upon some jealousy to good friend and superior General Dix Hauser (Boris Kodjoe). Joining them is the all-singing super motivator, a psychic Sky Marshall Anoke (Stephen Hogan), who's more than meets the eye and given a pop-star like treatment wherever he goes. The story only picks up when he and Lola crash lands on a bug-infested planet OM1, while Hauser and Rico plot a rescue mission to pluck their friends off that planet.

While the plot development is rather blah, Neumeier's forte seemed to be putting in those wonderful cheesy ads in the movies, as he did in RoboCop, and for the fascist like recruitment program and news that become staple in the Starship Troopers franchise, screaming media manipulation. Other than that, there wasn't a lot of mind-numbing all out action where bugs and humans get graphically eliminated, as per what was memorable from the first movie, but what really seemed un-Trooper-like in cinematic terms, were plenty of dialogue about religion. In fact, there was so much explicit religious propaganda, what with the repeated recitation of the Lord's Prayer to summon help from a higher being, turning many into converts. and of course, an obvious homage to Creation.

Will there be another Starship Trooper movie after this one? Well, given the new weaponry which would earn the seal of approval from the Emperor as a rival to his Death Star, I'd say it might be a waste to just leave it at that. Hopefully of course any follow up will start with ramping up the production values, and of course, having a more mature treatment of a story from Edward Neumeier.

Anyway, would you like to know more about the extras on the DVD?


The Filmmaker Commentary
has writer-director Edward Neumeier, Visual Effects Supervisor Robert Skotak and Producer David Lancaster banter about how the film project started, and along the way shared various insights to how certain shots were achieved, and where the CG-ed contributions are. You'll get to hear all the various production woes, as well as their praise of South Africa being the perfect location for many of its outdoor shots. However, you can't help but to feel sorry for them as they recount how the studio capped plenty of their initial zeal, and had them focused on various cost cutting measures to try and realize this project - but of course when they signed off the commentary, they had nothing but politically correct statements about the treatment they got..

And if one commentary track is not enough, there's another Director & Cast Commentary track with Edward Neumeier, together with leads Casper Van Dien and Jolene Blalock, who share plenty of inside jokes regarding certain scenes, and were of all praise toward the designs of sets, computer generated graphics and props. Naturally this track was less technical than the previous, and a lot more fun to sit through.

Most of the extras were presented in anamorphic widescreen with Spanish, Portuguese and Korean subtitles:

On the Bounce: The Making of Marauder is your standard making-of documentary (24:12) where the international cast and crew share their thoughts on production, and you get to see some behind the scenes clips and learn in summary, some of the production trivia.

The creature creation and effects staff get a focused documentary with Evolution: The Bugs of Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (11:31), where we learn how the CG and full sized puppets were created to be the villains of the movie. Some new bugs were conceptualized for the movie besides the ubiquitous and staple Warrior bug, like the Bombardier bug, Scorpion bug, an improved Brain bug and the mother of all bugs in the movie, the Behemecoatyl.

The Enlist! Marauder's Mobile Infantry featurette (13:55) contains some very brief information about the stunts featured in the movie, and has more mini-interviews with all the cast who play troopers in the movie, as we are told they had to go through boot camp to make them believable military men and women.

There's also the Music Video "It's A Good Day To Die" (Extended Version runnin 2:39) that combines Stephen Hogan's performance as seen in the movie, as well as clips from the film. Thought it might be better if it came with karaoke styled subtitled lyrics for you to sing along in a cheesy heart-thumping song about sacrifice, courage, duty and honour.

And to wrap the extras up, Trailers are bundled in for Resident Evil: Degeneration, Hancock, Zombie Strippers, The Take, Impact Point and Blu-ray Disc is High Definition tooting its horn.


As always, I have no qualms about the pristine visual transfer in anamorphic widescreen format, and only the limited action sequences push the limits of the 5.1 dolby digital available across all audio language options..



Review by Stefan Shih


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