Saturday, January 7, 2023

Review of "Starship Troopers 3 Marauder," DVD

 Review of

Starship Troopers 3 Marauder, DVD

Two out of five stars

Horrible premise and execution

 As a reader of the original “Starship Troopers” novel by the great Robert Heinlein, I have a predilection to enjoy the movies based on the fight to the death of the species between humans and the bugs. Yet, this movie is just so bad that it is hard to find good points to relate. It is bad in plot, acting, execution and organization.

 While Heinlein was clearly a fan of authoritarian, even militaristic governments, it is unlikely that he would have approved of the Federation in this movie. Dissidents, even those based on fundamental positions of trying to understand the enemy, are routinely publicly executed. The Federation has developed a powerful weapon called the “Q-bomb,” that is capable of destroying a planet. More reasonable voices in the Federation question whether the destruction of a planet is the proper course of action. To do so can lead to a public hanging.

The Christian religion is depicted in a very weird and unproductive way, linked in rather odd ways to some form of bug religion. There is also an odd romance as well as infighting between factions of the Federation intelligence services.

 At times incoherent and yet predictable, this is a movie that one can watch, just not with a great deal of enthusiasm.

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