Starship Troopers: Invasion (スターシップ・トゥルーパーズ インベイジョン Sutāshippu Tūrūpāzu Inbeijon) is a 2012 computer animated science fiction film directed by Shinji Aramaki, acclaimed director of the animated hits Appleseed, Appleseed Ex Machina and Halo Legends.
It was released in Japan on July 21, 2012. It was later released as a direct-to-dvd title and in North America on August 28, 2012.
"A distant Federation outpost comes under attack by bugs and the team on Fast Attack Ship Alesia is assigned to help evacuate the survivors and bring military intelligence safely back to Earth. Before the attack ship can rendezvous with the starship, Carl Jenkins, now at the ministry of Paranormal Warfare, takes the starship on a clandestine mission and goes missing in the nebula. The battle-hardened troopers are then charged with a rescue mission that may have much more sinister consequences than they ever could have imagined."
On an asteroid, the United Citizen Federation's Fort Casey was crawling with Bugs. The starship Alesia began to deploy the A-01 team, its Mobile Infantry troopers, by the Landing Ship, in order to seize and control the hangar so they can rescued any survivors. The A-01 team, lead by Lieutenant Daugherty, landed and immediately engaged Bugs, fighting through to rendezvous with the surviving K-12 team member, the Fort Casey troopers. After A-01 trooper Mech set explosives charges, the troopers headed to the starship John A. Warden for evacuation, only to see it leave dock without them — Minister Carl Jenkins had commandeered the John A. Warden from Captain Carmen Ibanez, sending her to Alesia. Before leaving, Jenkins ordered that Major Henry "Hero" Varro, the commander of K-12 team, be escorted to Alesia as a prisoner. Alesia docked with Fort Casey for emergency evacuation of the surviving troopers. After the Alesia left, the charges in the Fort Casey detonated, apparently destroyed the base.
While en-routing to Earth, Alesia was contacted by General John Rico from High Command at L-6 Satellite Base. When he ordered Alesia to search for the John A. Warden, which had broken all contact, the K-12 team agreed to do so only Major Varro led them during the mission. General Rico agreed, but he stated the mission wouldn't effect Varro's trial.
When the joint troopers discovered and went aboard the John A. Warden, they found nothing but dead crewmen and a few dead bugs. The A-01 team escorted Captain Ibanez to the bridge while K-12 team secured the engine room. Major Varro found a deranged Jenkins and was warned — too late — not to power up the ship as "she" had hacked all the systems. As the engines recharged the John A. Warden, an Arachnid Queen inside took control of all systems and opened bulkhead doors to release her Warrior Bugs. As Ibanez and the troopers attempted to return to Alesia, the Queen used John A. Warden's main weapons to destroy the Alesia before driving John A. Warden into a wormhole, whose outlet is in near-Earth space. The troopers returned to the John A. Wardens bridge, where Varro revealed he was arrested when Jenkins had ordered his unit to capture the Queen alive on Fort Casey, but Varro had refused to sacrifice his squad.
General Rico deployed three starships — the Franklin, the fast attack ships Sheridan and Ishizuka — from the L-6 Base in Earth orbit, but they were unable to stop the John A. Warden. The Queen set the bug-infested ship on a trajectory to crash land in Paris, but Alpha Team sniper Trig managed to shoot out several wires linking the Queen to the ship, allowing Ibanez to redirect the John A. Warden to crash in a mountain range. Meanwhile, General Rico leads a squad of troopers in Marauder MK-II to stop the Bugs from escaping the crash site, while high command gave him 30 minutes before they drop nuclear missiles from the L-6 Station to sanitize the site.
Back on the John A. Warden, Hero, Ratzass, Mech and Bugspray made their way towards the Queen, while Ice Blonde protected Captain Ibanez at a nearby airlock. Hero ordered Mech and Ratzass go to the engine room to set charges. When Varro and Bugspray found Trig's corpse, the wounded Bugspray used Trig's family-made sniper rifle to buy Varro some time to reach the Queen. Jenkins, having recovered from his mental breakdown, provided Varro back-up with the Federal Intelligence Bugs, revealing an important breakthrough in the war and the reason for capturing a live Queen.
Rico and a soldier were the only two from his squad to reach the John A. Warden. However, the other soldier was caught in the blast and killed when the Queen destroyed an extra extraction shuttle from L-6. Later, the L-6 launched the nuclear missiles, but the tactic failed, too. As Jenkins led the team to his shuttle from Fort Casey, Rico rushed to distract the Queen and rescue Varro. However, Varro, critically injured, detonated a grenade, killing himself along with the Bugs surrounding him. Rico abandoned his broken Marauder and used a combat knife on one of the Queen's eyes, buying Ibanez time to make take-off preparations. Rico barely sprinted back into the shuttle as it escaped the John A. Warden before the explosives detonated and destroyed the John A. Warden.
Ratzass, Ice Blonde, and Mech paid their respect to their fallen comrades while Ibanez confronted Jenkins over the recent crises. Jenkins sidestepped the issue, telling Rico and Ibanez that his research would someday save the entire galaxy.
In the aftermath, one Warrior Bug is seen navigating a sewer system, having survived the destruction of the John A. Warden.
Characters & CastEdit
- Captain Carmen Ibanez (Luci Christian)
- General/Dr. Carl Jenkins (Justin Doran), Minister of Paranormal Warfare
- General Johnny Rico (David Matranga)
- Major Henry "Hero" Varro (David Wald), Commander of K-12 team (d.)
- Lieutenant Otis "Bugspray" Hacks (Andrew Love), Acting commander of K-12 team (d.)
- Tia "Trig" Durer (Emily Neves), Sniper from A-1 team (d.)
- Corporal Deborah "Ice Blonde" Ogden (Melissa Davis), from A-1 team
- Sergeant Guy "Ratzass" Cunningham (Leraldo Anzaldua), from K-12 team
- Lieutenant Tony Daugherty (Sam Roman), Commander of A-1 team (d.)
- Mech (Jovan Jackson), Sergeant and explosives specialist from A-1 team
- Holy Man (Kalob Martinez), Private from K-12 team (d.)
- Chow (Josh Grelle) (d.)
- Chase (Corey Hartzog) (d.)
- Shock Jock (Adam Gibbs) (d.)
- Kharon (Chris Patton) (d.)
- Gunfodder (Karl Glusman) (d.)
- Crysoch (Noel Burkeen) (d.)
- Captain Jonah (Shelly Calene-Black) (d.)
- Richard Riverfield (Andy McAvin, credited as High Command)
- Communication Officer 1 (Michael Keeney)
- Communication Officer 2 (Kris Carr)
- According to the official blog, the story of Starship Troopers: Invasion was originally set to take place almost 10 years after the first movie. Since the event from Starship Troopers 3: Marauder takes place 11 years after the fist film, Invasion and Marauder became two parallel universe. However, it was later stated that this film takes place several years after the Marauder on the official blog.
- Johnny Rico is now a general. His promotion was mentioned in the last part of Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.
- Johnny Rico, Carmen Ibanez, and Carl Jenkins once again appear in a film together.
- What happened in the Fort Casey is the story arc of mobile game Starship Troopers: Invasion "Mobile Infantry".
- Carl mind-controls the Federal Intelligence Bugs, much like how he did to his pet, Cyrano, in the first film.
- The Bug use a human corpse by stabbing into it to communicate with human. This is first seen in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.
- Rico, Carmen and Carl have different facial appearances, apparently not base on their original actors.
- "Friends forever" from the first film is mentioned again in this film.
- In Starship Troopers: Invasion character bio, it is stated that Rico still has a "thing" for Carmen after he already lost his romantic orientation to Dizzy Flores on Tango Urilla years ago.
- Sergeant Zim is mentioned by General Rico. Zim is possibly retired from the military and opened a bar or restaurant.
- Zander Barcalow is mentioned by Carmen Ibanez as "a certain young trooper".
- The Invasion of Planet P and the destruction of the Rodger Young are mentioned.
Starship Troopers referencesEdit
- Starship Troopers novel
- The monologue at the beginning of the film is based on the one in the beginning of the original novel.
- Like the original novel, each trooper wears a Powered Suit.
- The Queen is introduced in the film universe for the first time on screen.
- The Cherenkov Drive is shown and it was the first time for the system introduced on screen.
- Like the novel, the Earth is referred as "Terra".
- Chow is possibly a nod to Shujumi from the original novel, who is also an Asian martial artists
- Like the previous film, Starship Troopers: Invasion includes the religious element, which was mentioned for times in the novel.
- Starship Troopers anime
- Similar to the 1988 anime, the troopers use a variety of machine guns as primary armaments instead of a single type of machine gun as seen in the previous films.
- The depiction of the cap trooper and the capsule are closer to the 1988 anime than in the original novel, as the capsule seems to be only one layer rather than several layers.
- Like the 1988 anime, the enemies do come to Earth and stand on Earth's soil.
- Starship Troopers film
- The main theme from the 1997 film Starship Troopers is used in this film.
- The quote "Would you like to know more?" and "Everyone is doing their part" are from the propaganda pieces as seen in the first film.
- Death From Above is painted on Johnny Rico's Marauder MK-II.
- Carl Jenkins locks himself in a Bug cage in a way similar to General Owen, who also locked himself up during the massacre in Whiskey Outpost.
- Carl telepathically guides Carmen, as he did to Johnny in the first film.
- The scene where Rico stabs the Queen is similar to Carmen's use of a knife against the Brain Bug in the first film.
- The conversation between Carl, Carmen, and Johnny near the end of the film is a reference to the one near the end of the 1997 film. However, this time it is Carl who says they can work things out together.
- An injured Bugspray uses Trig's Morita XXX Sniper Rifle to make a last stand before he is overwhelmed. This is similar to the injured Rico using the shotgun feature of Morita Assault Rifle to kill bugs before being overwhelmed in the first film.
- Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation
- The quote "What the hell kinda bug is that?!" was reused from were Captain Dax said in Hero of the Federation after encountering the Control Bug.
- Like Captain Dax, Major Varro is a decorated soldier who gets arrested.
- Carl becomes cold and harsh, similar to his television counterpart after several incidents.
- The concept of the Federal Intelligence Bug — fighting Bugs with Bugs — is the same as the X-Bug from the 2005 video game.
- After entering the Fort Casey, the K-12 trooper Holy Man is among the A-01 team before the other K-12 troopers get rescued. However, in a conversation after the K-12 troopers board the Alesia, Holy Man is referred as one of the K-12 trooper rescued by the A-01 team.
- The Powered Suit should be a close-sealed armor. However, when Hero tells Ice Blonde to stay with Carmen, her neck can be seen before she takes off her helmet.
- When the Marauders land, their missile pods are missing.
- Rico show the importance of the combat knife, proving Ted Hendrick/Ace Levy is wrong.
- This the second movie in the series were it is also set on Earth before the movie ends.
- The starships are equipped with Energy weapons.
- A post-credits scene at the end of the movie was shown that one Warrior Bug survived somewhere inside the sewers/canals of Paris.
- Queen Bug (first appearance)
- Warrior Bug
- Plasma Grenadier Bug (first appearance)
- Federal Intelligence Bug (first appearence)
Starship Troopers: Invasion received mostly good receptions.
Screenrush the website gives the film an average score of 3.3 on a scale of 55 and the Internet Movie Database website an average score of 5.8 on 103.
In 2012, critic Strange-Movies is that the film "is confined mainly to accumulate sequences corridors" and that "all dark even in some form of unintentional comedy." He noted that in against "this fourth installment proves artistically nice".
Critic Total signal-manga "masterful work on metal textures" as well as human skin textures that are "bluffing enough." It assigns a "special mention for the great band Boom Boom Satellites, signing a music explosive end".
SlashersHouse critic notes that the film is "very gory" and contains "a lot of nudity." He noted that this film respects the book "Heinlein while making constant eye winks Verhoeven." For him, "the director Shinji Aramaki, shows his respect for the works of previous authors, and does it well, because the scenario Flint Dille is itself predictable and not very original." He concluded by saying that the film "is what the long-awaited, namely a product rich in action, visually impressive and not taking his audience for fools".
Geoffrey Claustriaux, columnist Horror net. Believes that "approach to computer graphics [...] gives the director Shinji Aramaki the opportunity to offer hair-raising sequences and amazing framing", but regrets that its realization is shows "sometimes confusing." For him, "the writer Flint Dille had the good idea of taking the three protagonists of the first film to incorporate them into a coherent story." He notes, however, that "Starship Troopers: Invasion is emerging as a film corridors, but never sufficient to achieve the claustrophobic atmosphere that would have been necessary to fill gaps in its history." He concluded by saying that the film "is the best result of the masterpiece by Paul Verhoeven and has an animation of a level quite right, though sometimes a little stiff, but all lack unfortunately epic and humor, despite incredible sequences".
Home video releasesEdit
- United States of America
- Blu-ray [Special edition, feat. Ratzass figure]
- ↑ Mobile Infantry T's Diary#10: Reunion (JP) / (EN)
- ↑ Starship Troopers: Invasion, L-6 Base
- ↑ Mobile Infantry T's Diary#10: Marauder MK-II
- ↑ Starship Troopers: Invasion, Marauder MKII
External Links Edit
- Starship Troopers: Invasion Japanese official site (Retrieved from Internet Archive)
- Starship Troopers: Invasion Japanese official site at Sony (Retrieved from Internet Archive)