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Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004)

Billy Brown , Richard Burgi , Phil Tippett  |  R |  DVD
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Brown, Richard Burgi, Kelly Carlson, Cy Carter, Sandrine Holt
  • Directors: Phil Tippett
  • Writers: Edward Neumeier
  • Producers: Phil Tippett, Edward Neumeier, Glenn S. Gainor, Jon Davison
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAOQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "From Green Screen to Silver Screen" featurette
  • "Inside the Federation" featurette
  • Photo gallery
  • DVD-ROM link to Starship troopers PC game

Editorial Reviews

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Allowing for all the low-budget shortcomings that plague any straight-to-video production, Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation serves up 92 minutes of passable sci-fi action. Parlaying his veteran status as an animator, special-effects wizard, and stalwart survivor of the CGI revolution, Phil Tippett (with returning screenwriter Ed Neumeier) makes a woefully uninspired directorial debut with this makeshift sequel to Paul Verhoeven's 1997 blockbuster, retaining the jarhead militarism of Robert Heinlein's original novel while serving up more bugs, an all-new cast of attractive young stars, and all-too-familiar plot elements borrowed from a dozen better movies. "Bigger is better" is out of the question under such meager budgetary circumstances, so Tippett and Neumeier compensate with gruesome bugfights and gross-out effects at regular intervals, some standard-issue nudity, and escalating paranoia (echoing Carpenter's The Thing) when a new breed of bugs use human hosts (à la The Hidden) to overtake a stranded platoon of Federation soldiers on a bug-infested planet. Relying on murky confinement to hide nondescript sets, Troopers 2 has three engaging leads in its favor: TV regular Richard Burgi is solidly cast as the titular hero (he's the military equivalent of Pitch Black's Riddick); Colleen Porch is engaging as the most sensible Federation survivor; and screen veteran Ed Lauter makes the most of his salty role as a battle-hardened general. Unfortunately, they're adrift in a knock-off sequel (shot on high-def digital video) that could never do justice to its energetic predecessor. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

In this rapid-fire sequel to the cult favorite, the Federation's best Mobile Infantry unit goes back into action against the Bug horde. But this time, the Bugs are waiting for them. Trapped on a remote outpost light years from the nearest reinforcements, a small group of soldiers fights an enemy smarter and more cunning than any they ve ever faced. Now they must join forces with an infamous traitor to the Federation if they are to have any hope. And it's not just their lives at stake, it's the survival of the human race. If they want to live, they'll have to use their heads before the Bugs do! Academy Award(r) winner Phil Tippett (1994, Best Visual Effects for Jurassic Park), one of the greatest visual effects wizards in movie history, makes his directorial debut.

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53 of 64 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More like Starship Bloopers.... June 4, 2004
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How often does a sequel live up to the original? Let's face it, it's pretty rare that one does, and even rarer that it should surpass it...and given the fact that Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) was a direct to video release, I had no misconceptions about this film being better than the original.
The film features the directorial debut of Phil Tippett, who's better known for his visual effects work in films like Star Wars (1977), Robocop (1987), and the original Starship Troopers (1997). Impressive credits, to be sure, but it's a big leap from visual effects to directing...the film was written by Edward Neumeier, who did the screenplay for the original movie, along with writing for all the Robocop movies. Now granted, given the comparatively minuscule budget of this, many things were going to suffer, but why should one of those things be the writing? I'll get more into this later. As far as the stars go, there are no standout performances to speak of, but there are a couple of recognizable faces. One being veteran character actor Ed Lauter, who's most memorable performance, to me at least, was as Captain Knauer in the Burt Reynolds film The Longest Yard (1974). Also appearing is Brenda Strong, who was in the first Starship Troopers movie, but isn't reviving her role as her original character died, and I suspect the actress was brought back to add a familiarity element to the movie, but since she's now playing a different character, it only serves to confuse the viewer. So very sloppy...the actress may not sound familiar, but if you're a fan of the Seinfeld sitcom, you'll know her better as Elaine's sometimes arch nemesis Sue Ellen Mishkie.
Okay, what about the story? Well, here it goes...
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a letdown but still worth a watch. May 25, 2004
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Following the success of the original, "Starship Troopers 2 Hero of the Federation" arrives as a direct to video follow up to the original film. Loosely based on the classic Robert Heinlein novel, the original film followed the exploits of a group of young men and women who join the military in an effort to gain full citizenship in a futuristic Earth and soon find themselves in an all out war for survival against a hostile species of giant insects who have attacked Earth.
The sequel follows a new group of troopers some five years later in the war. Due to the limited budget of the sequel, the action is on a smaller scale, as the creative team has opted for a smaller and more personal story.
On the remote outpost of a band of troopers have retreated from a bug attack and find shelter in an abandoned outpost. As stragglers from the battle start to arrive, the troopers struggle to get the power restored in order to activate the outpost defenses, as swarms of bugs will soon be massing upon their position.
The troopers soon discover that the outpost is holding a prisoner Capt. Dax (Richard Burgi), who was imprisoned by his former unit for murder, and left behind when they pulled out. Since Dax is a decorated veteran, it is decided by the troopers to free him in order to use his experiences in the current crisis.
Unknown to the troopers in the outpost, the bugs have a new weapon and are able to take control of a person from the inside. It is at this point that the film loses much of its momentum as instead of keeping viewers in the dark as to who is and who is not infected, the infections and those behind it are shown clearly and often destroying any suspense.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars its fairly good April 25, 2004
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Dont expect anything close to the original scale wise and you might like it.part 2 has a different tone from part 1 and does its best with its low budget.There are a good bit of big bug fights and the flick does well at the start, slows a bit in the middle,and ends in an original way.The action is good and the effects are done well. as far as direct to video sequels go,its good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A familiar name....a dissapointing sequal July 6, 2004
By Lodicus
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The first Starship Troopers had it's flaws for sure, but was still solid, well made, and quality enough to build a cult following. But this "Screen Test" of a movie does the storyline nor concept any sense of justice. From a cast no larger than 20 total (including all extra's), to the OVER use of fog and close ups to hide the lack of sets, this movie was a dissapointment for me all across the board. The only thing that saved this movie from complete dissaster was a few of the rock solid actors that were good enough to still carry the story. The fact that they re-used an actor who's character died in the first SST blew my mind at first, but then she turned out being one of the better of the film. Not to mention, the battle scenes in the first were epic, and SST1 still holds the record for most ammunition used in a feature film...as this one, uses flashes of blue light at the end of the plastic rifles. The lack of human bodies was also depressing, 20 people does not an army make...I need extra's, nameless army peons, but for this you gotta believe these 10-15 people are it, the whole bug quarantine invasion force. Honestly, I could nitpick forever on this films flaws, but all I need to convay is that you should not purchase this movie on the quality of the first film, because even the Sci-Fi channel has higher standards than were set in this deppressing sequal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tough to make a sequel that approaches the original
It was ok to watch, but the story line was thin. The special effects were good. Had to be the same team from the first one.
Published 2 months ago by Don Roberto
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment.
I'm a big fan of the first Starship Troopers so was hoping this sequel would pick up where the first left off with tons of bug battles. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rob
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best
As always, just watch the first one. This movie wasn't very good but I do like the Starship Troopers films so I decided to buy it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ######
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but I haven't read the books so my expectations weren't...
Sure, the first installment is best, and the third isn't bad either. This second one is clearly the weakest of them, but I still find it very watchable and enjoyable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Reed
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper in every sense of the word
Besieged troopers on a desolate planet fight for survival as they become aware of a frightening new strategy of the Arachnids. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Bonesteel
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless and beyond redemption
Endless action, shoddily shot and claustrophibically displayed is boring, boring, boring unless there is some kind of plot, or characters you care about, or thematic point to the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chet Fakir
4.0 out of 5 stars Starship Troopers 2
The movie was good but the ending kind of left you hanging, hero gets killed and do any of the new bugs escape?
Published 12 months ago by sherlock
1.0 out of 5 stars Guts and gore and nothing more.
The first "Starship Troopers" and the second sequel are both very good films. They were well written, directed and performed, faithful to the Heinlein vision of the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Skip Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok, so its not great, but it's not that bad
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The truth is, the first few times I watched this, I hated it. I expected a sequel to the big budget, high action Starship Troopers. Read more
Published 18 months ago by F Smyly
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Was a Great movie and we have added this to our collection. I recommend this to others, and It received a five star because the packaging, Movie and quality was excellent.
Published 18 months ago by Mike Indiana
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