|Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars|
|Directed by||Shinji Aramaki
|Produced by||Joseph Chou
|Written by||Edward Neumeier|
|Music by||Tetsuya Takahashi|
|Production studios||Sony Pictures Entertainment, Stage 6 Films, Sola Digital Arts, Lucent Pictures Entertainment|
|Distribution||Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (all media, global), Fathom Events (USA theatrical release)|
|Release date||21 August, 2017|
Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars is a 2017 CGI-animated film as the fifth instalment in the Starship Troopers film series.
For failure to stop the Queen from landing on Earth, John Rico is demoted back to Colonel and reassigned to Mars, where he has the unfortunate job to training incompetent Martians to be Mobile Infantry. He named his recruits Lost Patrol due to their constant failure in training simulations. Meanwhile, the Fleet is deployed on a massive campaign to the Arachnid Quarantine Zone and Carmen Ibanez is among the captains leading the assault. After the Fleet leaves, a large Bug outbreak occurs on Mars, overwhelming Martian defenses. It is revealed that the Bugs landed on Mars 3 years prior and had built up their colony into a Level 4 Infestation (100,000 or more) and the Federation did nothing. Who is responsible for allow the Bugs to infest Mars? And will Johnny be able to save the planet?
Characters and cast Edit
- Casper Van Dien as Johnny Rico
- Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores
- Justin Doran as Carl Jenkins
- Luci Christian as Carmen Ibanez
- Scott Gibbs as Baba
- Chris Gibson as Dutch
- Greg Ayres as Geo
- DeRay Davis as One-Oh-One
- Juliet Simmons as Camacho
- Emily Neves as Amy Snapp
The film was produced by Lucent Pictures Entertainment and Sola Digital Arts. Sola produced Starship Troopers: Invasion, the previous film in the series. The two studios previously worked together on the 2014 film Appleseed Alpha.
Traitor of Mars generally received middling reviews, mostly from online media outlets.
Film Grouch gave the film a 4/5, with reviewer Rick Swift claiming "overall it was just a fun film," and that "the addition of the much missed power suits alone makes it a must watch for fans of Heinlein’s work."
IGN gave the film a 6/10, with reviewer Blair Marnell liking elements of the film, but ultimately criticizing the script. Marnell concludes the film is "largely forgettable."
CNET's review, by Roger Cheng, praised the action set-pieces and the armored suits, but claimed the satire lacked the "bite" of the original live-action film. Cheng offers criticism of the CGI, and the film sometimes feeling like a "well-produced video game." He ends on a positive note, however, saying "despite the criticism, Traitor of Mars opens the door to a universe I've sorely missed and wouldn't mind seeing more of in the future."
Starburst Magazine rated the film 5/10, concluding "It’s not overly engaging, and other than in its politics it doesn’t say an awful lot. But that’s beside the point; this is a colourful thrill rush for the fans who enjoyed the colourful thrill rush of the original film, and in those terms it does its job."
Blu-Ray.com's reviewer, Martin Liebman, gave the film a 3/5, calling it "an enjoyable film but one that doesn't add a whole lot to the main story's lore. It delivers serviceable action, a few biting social insights, and an enjoyable villainous politician. Otherwise, it's kind of a classic watch-and-forget, but it's at least better than the live action sequels by quite a bit."
- The story is set 20 years after the first film.
- Battle of Klendathu is mentioned.
- Ambush at Whiskey Outpost is mentioned.
- The John A. Warden Incident is mentioned and it become the reason that Johnny Rico was demoted from General to Colonel.
- Ratzass is a recurring character from the previous film, Starship Troopers: Invasion.
Starship Troopers referencesEdit
- Starship Troopers novel
- In the begining of training simulation, Dutch is killed immediately, just like his counterpart in the novel.
- Jump jet is featured on screen.
- "Come on, you apes" is a quote from the novel.
- Starship Troopers anime
- Mars is featured as a battleground.
- Starship Troopers film
- The Fed Net is featured in the film.
- The quote "Would you like to know more?" are from the propaganda as seen in the first film.
- The picture of Death From Above is painted on Johnny Rico's helmet.
- Luna Base is featured in the film.
- Carmen Ibanez pilots a landing vessel to rescue Johnny and his crew, much like she did 20 years ago at Whiskey Outpost after an ambush.
- Carl guides Johnny again, like he did in the first film.
- Starship Troopers comics
- In the comic, it is mentioned that thirty years before the First Interstellar War, a tegument dropped in on Mars in an Arachnid attempt to colonise the planet. However, the planet's temperature was too cold, causing the Bug pod to impact the surface far faster than it was capable of.
- Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation
- The survivors of the film are extracted from a tall building via a landing ship.
- Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
- Similar to Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, political scheme is featured with a Sky Marshal as a villain.
- Similar to Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, anti-Federation movement is also featured in this film.
- Q Bomb is also featured in this film.
- "It's A Good Day To Die" is spoken in the film.
- Unlike Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, and Starship Troopers: Invasion, this film features the most survivors in Starship Troopers film franchise so far.