Movie Monday: Starship Troopers 2: Hero Of The Federation

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A group of soldiers get stranded on a planet infested by an arachnid aliens species that will not rest until all are the humans are dead, or so it seems. There is an inept lieutenant, a kick arse sergeant and a disgraced captain. Bugs that are going to kill humanity with a new, secret weapon.

That is a simplistic plot summation but this one has quite a simple plot, which is not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion.

This movie, I felt was a bit of a let down. There was no carry over from the first movie and no real spirit from the book was brought into the movie. The acting is not the best, but it’s not too bad although I feel some of the actors looked out-of-place here. A couple were definitely miss cast. I would have liked to have seen something from the first movie being carried over, apparently one of the characters was meant to be in this one but had a scheduling conflict. No characters were pulled from the book and put into this second film. I think this would have made the film a lot more appealing to the fans. THeres a thing that Hollywood seems to do with movies that are based on a book or a comic, or a video game which is to make it something different from the source material. We saw this in Last Weeks Movie Monday Post; Judge Dredd. I think only now people are beginning to realise that this alienates the fans and this film is no different.

I read the book a good five years ago but I am about to read it once more so I’ll have a better idea of the feel that the novel gave. From what I remember of it though, none of it I see in this movie.

I am someone who will excuse a movie with a poor budget, poor acting or a weak story, or weak direction but this one lacks a spirit which the first movie had which I think is a shame, because this could have been a decent movie.

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