Saturday, 2 August 2008

Starship Troopers 3 - Marauder...

For crying out loud Ed Neumeir! Not only does he need to do something other than Robocop or Starship Troopers, but he needed to have not bothered at all with ST3: Marauder (which he also got to direct). Considering he wrote the first - which was great stuff - and the second, which was Oscar winning when compared to Marauder - it's quite odd to find Ed just taking the piss out of his own creation in such a half-arsed manner. It isn't becoming of the franchise, it leaves you groaning throughout (and not just because the characters are awful and mostly acted by planks of 2x4).

Whilst having more than twice the budget of ST2: Hero of the Federation, Marauder still manages to look cheap, really cheap. At least ST2 knew it had a teeny budget and created a story around that. ST3 on the other hand, has all gone arse up. The plot is cack, with ham-fisted religious "discussion" slapped around uber-facistic, traitor-hanging all-but-Nazi's.

The performances ... oh dear ... yes, the first film was essentially a sci-fi soap opera, but at least it did it well and you did actually believe in the characters. Marauder though, you just sit there studying the dodgy-career-aging on Van-Diem's face, or marvelling at how ill-considered that cook guy is, or how atrocious that propaganda song is.

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. What a load of shite.

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