Tagline: “Here they come!”
Translation: Straight to DVD!
The Verdict: Producers of 1997’s Starship Troopers wisely blew their $105 million budget on cool-looking visual effects, and probably spent more on catering than on the film’s D-grade cast. A cult classic was born and the world was introduced to Casper Van Dien, best described as a poor man’s non-Swedish Dolph Lundgren. Apparently in 2004 there was a $7 million straight-to-video Starship Troopers 2 (we just found out about it on Wikipedia), which eschewed the expensive CGI of the original (though it still didn’t look awful), along with the Van Dien’s probably-still-small salary demands. But now, for Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, he’s back! And to pay for him, filmmakers have apparently rendered the film’s special effects using the trial version of iMovie. Even so, we sort of want to see this.