Paleo Retiree writes:
Scrappy sequel to the brilliant Paul Verhoeven picture, directed this time by the first film’s screenwriter, Ed Neumeier. The movie was made on one-tenth the budget of the original and was shot in only 28 days, and the lack of physical resources shows — the film often looks like an episode of a TV series. And Neumeier’s inexperience (this was his first film as a director) shows in a tone that sometimes gets overly-knowing and jokey. All that said, I had a very good time. Much of the film’s satire is darned funny (and god bless satire generally); the cast (which includes Caspar Van Dien from the first movie, Jolene Blalock as an ultra-serious ship’s commander, and the ever beyond-fabulous Amanda Donohoe) digs in and delivers; the production design and effects are inventive in hilariously overambitious ways; and many of the film’s ideas are daringly berserk and demented.
- Many critics weren’t crazy about the film.
- Is the original “Starship Troopers” film a genius-level midnight-movie-style jamboree or a betrayal of the Robert Heinlein novel? I’m in the first camp, but this is clearly an argument that will never be settled. Here’s Steve Sailer representing the pro-Heinlein/anti-Verhoeven point of view.