Fortunately so is Terran Federation’s Mobile Infantry and they are ready for action. Starship Troopers made it their fourth movie installment, although this one is an excellent CGI animated movie. It all starts with a simple rescue assignment, but turns out to be a Covert Ops mission that could bring The Earth into danger.
Starship Troopers were originally written by Robert A. Heinlein and published in 1959. In 1997, Paul Verhoeven brought it to the big screen and after that we had several sequels (soon to be covered on Mean Goblin magazine). The story takes us to a not too distant future where we are at war with an insect race of Arachnids. The society of Terran Federation is militaristic limited democracy where one can become a citizen and have a right to vote, only if he or she served in Federal Service. That means joining Mobile Infantry and becoming cannon fodder for the most. Some of the characters we follow in Starship Troopers: Invasion, were actually introduced to us in the original book and before mentioned films.
As for this particular movie, well to be honest I liked it. They managed to squeeze in some time to introduce the main characters to us, so you really feel bad for them when they start getting killed. Also Mobile Infantry got modernized, so these days they run around wearing armor with tons of cool features, but without excessive ornaments and scrolls (unlike Space Marines in Warhammer 40K). The only thing I didn’t like was the choice of scenery, entire film is happening on two star ships, so there were no sightseeing on exotic planets or massive battles, it sort of reminded me of Aliens. This however doesn’t change the fact that Starship Troopers: Invasion is worth of your time and I hope there will be some more sequels coming out in the future.
Starship Troopers: Invasion trailer:
Starship Troopers: Invasion 2012
Director: Shinji Aramaki
Writers: Robert A. Heinlein (based on the novel by), Flint Dille (screenplay)
Stars: Leraldo Anzaldua, Shelley Calene-Black, Luci Christian