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Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004)

Billy Brown , Richard Burgi , Phil Tippett  |  R |  DVD
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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 (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAOQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,737 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

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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.

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

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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
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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars "It's an Ugly Planet! A Bug Planet!", or, A Bug's Life August 12, 2005
I'm going to set up my own interstellar warning beacon right now in defense of this gory, fun little micro-budget flick: if you aren't prepared to give a sick little slaughterfest a chance, then pass. If you're a gorehound, then why are you even reading this review---go buy this movie! And if you're uncommitted but willing to relax your standards, then you should get a kick out of this cleverly filmed, often engaging, viciously trashy little bug-hunt.

I loved every second of Paul Verhoeven's brash, loud, sarcastic and gory bloodbath "Starship Troopers", but I wasn't expecting this low-budget reinforcement to be anything else but a coda to the original classic. I expected cheesy dialogue with a side order of cheese, hammy acting, amateurish sets, poky pacing, blood, gore, lots of goop, and generous helping of alien slime.

Not only wasn't I disappointed, but---like the besieged Federation Mobile Infantry in Phil Tippet's wicked little low-budget space-western "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation"---I was shocked and surprised.

Chef Tippett (in his directorial debut---Tippett's specialty is visual effects, notably "Dragonslayer" and "Starship Troopers) served up a chunky and spicy little dinner with extra helpings of splatter, goop, blood and gore---but also added something unexpected to the pot.

The result? Tippett has gotten the most out of every penny of his paltry $6 million budget, mixing in liberal amounts of virtually every science fiction and horror flick ever made (ideas from the "Alien" movies, "The Thing", and "Species" are all liberally sampled), seasoning it with ample blood and gore, letting it simmer, and serving up a film that is admittedly derivative, but fun enough to stand on its own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent movie.
Published 18 days ago by Richard Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars starship troopers 2
love it great dvd
Published 1 month ago by seetheartsoftly
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad sequel
While the original was a bit disturbing for its philosophy and it's gore, it was well put together, logical in its plot and faithful to Heinlen's work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Simon
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Good but not great.
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth W. Brubaker
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 5 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 5 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 10 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 10 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 12 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 15 months ago by Chet Fakir
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