Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars Review

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars is now available on Digital HD and hits 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD September 19.

Warning: there are minor spoilers ahead for Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars.

Twenty years ago, director Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers brought Robert A. Heinlein’s classic sci-fi novel to the big screen with style and flare. It was far from a perfect movie, but it was very enjoyable. However, the subsequent Starship Troopers films have all been direct-to-video, and none of them have ever come close to matching the first movie in terms of quality.

In theory, Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars could have been the perfect way to revitalize the franchise. The writer of the first film, Edward Neumeier, penned the new movie as well, and two of the original cast members provided their voices. Casper Van Dien reprised his role as Johnny Rico, while Dina Meyer returned as Dizzy Flores. Starship Troopers viewers may recall that Dizzy lost her life in the original movie, so her return was unexpected. There is an explanation for Dizzy’s appearance in this story that really works, and the emotional connection between Rico and Dizzy is actually the best part of the entire thing. Their shared history comes across, and the tragedy of Dizzy’s fate is felt within all of her scenes. Unfortunately, she’s only around for only a few minutes of screentime.

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