Watch Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
- 1 hr 45 min
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder is an American military science fiction film released in 2008, directed by Edward Neumeier and produced by Neal H. Moritz. It is the third instalment in the Starship Troopers series and features the return of Casper Van Dien as Johnny Rico, one of the main characters from the original film. Set in the 24th century, the plot of Marauder follows Johnny Rico as he leads a group of soldiers on a mission to rescue a group of troopers stranded on a remote planet. Along the way, they encounter a new breed of giant insect-like creatures known as 'Skinny Pirates' who are threatening to overrun the entire planet. As the battle intensifies, Rico and his team must not only fight the bugs, but also deal with internal conflicts within their own ranks. The film opens with a propaganda-style news report, giving some background on the ongoing war with the insect-like 'Arachnids' which has been raging for several years. Johnny Rico, now a high-ranking officer in the military, is called back into active duty when a distress signal is received from a remote mining colony under attack by the 'Skinny Pirates'. Rico is given command of the Marauder, a new mobile weapons platform, and a team of soldiers to go and rescue the stranded troopers. The team includes Lola Beck (Jolene Blalock), a tough-as-nails captain, and Jingo Ryan (Boris Kodjoe), an outspoken sergeant who doesn't always see eye-to-eye with Rico. Stephen Hogan plays Sky Marshal Omar Anoke, the leader of the Federation, who is also on the planet at the time of the attack. As they make their way to the planet, the team get to know each other better and tensions rise within the group. Lola is especially at odds with Rico, and the two butt heads regularly. When they finally arrive at the planet, they are met with chaos and destruction. The bugs are everywhere, and the stranded troopers are struggling to hold out. As the battle intensifies, Rico and his team come across new variations of the bugs that they have never seen before. This prompts some serious discussions among the team about whether they can win this war, and whether it's all worth it. Jingo, in particular, is vocal about his disillusionment with the war effort, which leads to some friction with Rico. The turning point of the movie comes when Sky Marshal Omar Anoke is captured by the bugs, and Rico and his team must go on a daring rescue mission to save him. This puts them in the middle of a full-scale bug attack, and they are forced to fight for their lives. The action sequences are well-choreographed and provide an edge-of-your-seat experience, with plenty of explosions and some gruesome bug battles. All throughout the movie, there is a sense that something bigger is going on behind the scenes. The propaganda reports that bookend the film hint at a larger conspiracy, and there are several moments of foreshadowing suggesting that not everything is as it seems. This leaves the viewer with a sense of unease, wondering what the future may hold for these characters and the war effort as a whole. In terms of performances, Casper Van Dien provides a solid anchor for the movie. He portrays Johnny Rico with a sense of stoicism and gravitas, and his interactions with the rest of the cast feel natural and believable. Jolene Blalock adds some much-needed depth to her character as Lola, and Boris Kodjoe is great as the brash and impulsive Jingo Ryan. Stephen Hogan does a decent job as Sky Marshal Omar Anoke, but his role is somewhat limited in terms of screen time. Overall, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder is a solid entry in the series. It may not offer anything groundbreaking or revolutionary, but it provides plenty of thrills and action for sci-fi fans. The movie is well-paced and doesn't overstay its welcome, clocking in at a brisk 105 minutes. If you enjoyed the previous films in the series, or are a fan of military sci-fi in general, then Marauder is definitely worth checking out.