Plot: Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) was once a simple roughneck, the military’s expendable front line fodder against the arachnid menace. But now Rico has risen to the rank of Colonel, tasked with supervising a farming outpost and making sure bug invaders don’t overtake the location. The outpost is held down well, until a surprise visit from higher ups sparks a chain of events that leads to the place being overrun by vicious bugs. A small group manages to escape, including the Sky Marshall and Rico, but the military decides to hide the truth and blame Rico for the events. In order to avoid court martial and potential death, Rico must track down the Sky Marshall and rescue him, against government orders. Rico has survived some brutal encounters in the past, but can he survive the attacks of his own government?
Entertainment Value: Even though Starship Troopers 2 was a bland, mostly dull follow up, I had hopes for Starship Troopers 3, as Casper Van Dien returns as Johnny Rico and he was a lot of fun in the original. This sequel is a sizable improvement over the second movie and seems to ignore its existence, but it still falls short and fails to recapture that b movie magic of Starship Troopers. I do appreciate that while the focus in on sci/fi action elements, this feels like a Starship Troopers movie, unlike the second film, which was just a generic sci/fi picture. This means more bugs, rather than human vs. human battles and a return of the propaganda machine, which is led here by a government official who loves to serenade the troops with his voice. I love the idea of a singing military madman, but the political elements here seem rushed and disjointed, with little of the sharp, often brilliant satire of the original. There’s some fun moments and it is nice to have Rico back, but this is still a rather lackluster sequel.
The nakedness is limited to one scene, as a few women are topless and bare asses are also on showcase. The scene is brief, but we do have both male and female bottoms up for inspection, so that’s a plus. This one has a lot of action related violence, mostly gun battles against the bug menace, but there’s not much bloodshed here, even bug goop is in short supply. But we do have some bug attacks that splash a little red stuff around, with limbs and even a head clipped off, via some not great visual effects. Even so, it is nice to have some crimson flowing here and while most of the blood is either aftermath or CGI, the violence is fun to watch. The dialogue include a lot of tough guy talk and banter about the bug menace, but the highlight has to be the oddball, awkward musical performances. Not much quotable material turns up, but the grunt talk is fun and at least it marks an improvement over the previous sequel. The craziness scale doesn’t move much, as this one gets a little sillier than the second movie, but still doesn’t hit those levels of ridiculous, b movie inspired madness that the original attained, which is a real shame.
Overall Insanity: 2/10