The first Starship Troopers movie by Paul Verhoeven back in 1997.was for me one of the best sf horror movies. The war between humanity in a kind of totalitarian regime against the giant space bugs became one of my favourite movies. The sequel and the third part were weaker but still enjoyable. The fourth installment in the franchise was the first to be the full animated cartoon movie and it brought back my faith in this franchise because I liked it a lot. I was eager to see this fifth installment, again in the form of animated cartoon movie.
I was happy when I read that Casper Van Dien returns once more giving voice to the main character of the series, now colonel Johnny Rico who is now training raw and green Martian recruits in shitty backwater sattelite of Mars. He is not happy with it, but being the good soldier he is, he does his job and keeps his thoughts to himself. Mars colonists strive for independence from the rest of the Federation and political tensions rise up…His old friend Carl Jenkins, now a fugitive has a mission for Carmen Ibanez and all three old friends find themselves between the two fires when the bugs attack the planet and the brilliant Sky Marshall wants to destroy the planet…Well, thats it for the summary. The story is a bit political thriller, a bit old school war sf horror and the movie doesnt lack action, but there is just somehow missing. You know the feeling when you eat a plate of plain pasta without anything, without even salt, it is edable but not tasty. This movie is like that. For me, this is by far the worst rendition of the five movies. I dont get the hallucinating Rico parts on the planet with Dizzy Flores and the somehow too naive and quickly ended movie. Could have been a lot better.