Movie Review: Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars – Blu-ray

Can it really be 20 years since Starship Troopers hit the big screens here in the UK? Well, it is indeed and after two live-action sequels and an animated movie, the fifth movie sticks with the CGI format and director Shinji Aramaki returns to the helm after Invasion, to bring us Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars and it’s not only Shinji that returns to the franchise, Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer return to reprise their roles from the 1997 movie.

I know I can hear you saying, “hang on, Dizzy died in the first movie“, well yes she did, but Dizzy Flores has been brought back in such a wonderful way that ties this movie in very nicely to the original movies timeline.

The all-new military adventure has been penned by Ed Neumeier, who wrote the screenplay for the 1997 movie and also the brilliant Robocop, so with such a great team for this fifth outing, my hopes were up that this movie would be very much like the original movie, rather the sequels that were spawned from it.

Starship Troopers Traitor of Mars - Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) - (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Starship Troopers Traitor of Mars – Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) – (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

The film takes place 20 years after the battle of Klendathu, now Rico (Casper Van Dien) has been demoted and is training the “Lost Patrol” at a station at Mars, but as always those pesky bugs are making their mark, the Federation fleet is too far away to help, so it’s down to Rico and his Troopers to keep the bugs at bay.

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Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars is far from the previous movie from Shinji Aramaki, Invasion. Instead of being set on a battlecruiser and it feeling very confined, this movie takes us down to the planet surface, giving the animators to bring back the sheer hoards of bugs that we first saw in the 1997 live-action movie and boy are these bugs nicely done.

Starship Troopers Traitor of Mars - Archies (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Starship Troopers Traitor of Mars – Archies (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

They are to the scale of the first film, with them all over the place as Rico and his “Lost Patrol” battle for survival, the plasma bugs are there along with the smaller bugs to give them support and to make survival harder for Rick and the Troopers.

One introduction in the movie which I love is the Mech suits, many years ago when I first saw the book by Robert A. Heinlein, I vaguely remember mention of the Mech suits that allowed the Troopers to leap from place to place for an ease of travelling across the terrain, the Mech suits in Traitor of Mars look amazing, with the rocket backpack for lift and attachments for some pretty nifty cannons etc.

Starship Troopers Traitor of Mars - Mech Suits - (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Starship Troopers Traitor of Mars – Mech Suits – (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

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The animation in the film looks great and very realistic, there was a point after I started watching it that I completely forgot that I was watching a CGI movie, the skin, hair and movements have been very well done and this movie certainly looks as good on Blu-ray.

But it not only looks good, it sounds good as well, the rear speakers on a DD5.1 surround system are used how they should be in an action movie, with quieter sounds being picked up well when something is behind you, louder sounds panning perfectly especially in moments of action with gunfire etc, explosions just engulf the room with all the 5 speakers working independently to give you the feeling of being in the middle of the action and the subwoofer pounding out the base.

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars – Rico and Dizzy Return!

So as I mentioned earlier, Casper Van Dien has reprised the role that almost everyone knows him for these days and it’s great to hear him as Rico, let’s face it, no one else could really take his place, could they!

But along with Rico, Dizzy returns to the franchise and it’s Dina Meyer that comes back to voice the character that we last saw in 1997’s Starship Troopers, now before anyone asks, I’m not going into how she comes back or even why, but all I can say is that the way that Ed Neumeier has brought Dizzy back is so wonderfully done and to have Meyer voicing the character is great, it’s something that makes the section of the film an emotional ride.

Starship Troopers Traitor of Mars - Still (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Starship Troopers Traitor of Mars – Still (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

I have to say Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, for me personally, brings back those memories of sitting in the cinema back in 1997 and watching something was fresh and also shocking to watch, this fifth movie certainly has the feel of the original film and it’s one that I’ll be watching several times.

It’s an action-packed movie that, dare I say, fans like myself of the Starship Trooper franchise will love to watch. Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars is out on Blu-ray and DVD now.

It's the fifth movie in the franchise and the second made in CGI. Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer return in Starship Troopers: Traitors of Mars.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham