Rico is back in an animated sequel to the 1997 sci-fi bloodfest in “Starship Troopers: Invasion.” It may bug you a little. This CG action film (direct to DVD) is based on the characters lucky enough to survive the giant bugs in previous sequels. Rico is now a Federation general. Carmen Ibanez is Captain of a starship. And, Dr. Carl Jenkins is head of Paranormal Warfare.
While I have a deep appreciation of the original Paul Verhoeven film, there’s nothing to recommend this animated entry. It’s relentless man-versus-bug action with just a splash of cartoon nudity. A very buxom space trooper gets her screen time.
If you’re going to make an animated sequel to a live-action film, why not do something really terrific? You could create a world that would be difficult to reproduce in a live-action. Instead, “Starship Troopers: Invasion” is just a boring quickie. Grade: D
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2012
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Run Time: 89 minutes
Rated: R (for violence and cartoon boobies)