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Starship Troopers: Invasion (Blu-ray)
20 September 2012
Excerpt: The Starship Troopers franchise returns for a fourth go-around. This time we eschew low-rent direct to video sci-fi in favor of anime-flavored computer animation from director Shinji Aramaki ( Appleseed ). Can a pedigree anime director and the return of some classic characters (albeit in less than recognizable form) right the wrongs of the previous sequels? Can it stand shoulder to shoulder with Paul Verhoven's brilliant original film? Would you like to know more?
Conclusion: According to the film's director, Shinji Aramaki, the 'Starship Troopers' franchise is quite large in Japan – certainly larger than any perceived appreciation for the film and its sequels here in the United States. Perhaps that's where Aramaki and screenwriter Flint Dille were aiming when they cooked up this one-off storyline, and why it so closely resembles the kind of tale one might expect to see in a Capcom video game (one can't help but see the resemblance Carl...
Summary: Do me a favor: don't get killed. The world of Starship Troopers seems like a logical extension of man's unending war on bugs. He's been squishing and swatting and spraying them since, oh, the beginning of time, but little did he know that their distant cousins were watching from afar, waiting for the right time to strike, ready to chew off limbs and impale torsos and suck brains and fire plasma from their rear ends.