Franchise Weekend – Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars (2017) Movie Review

Director: Shinji Aramaki, Masaru Matsumoto

Writer: Edward Neumeier (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, DeRay Davis, Justin Doran, Luci Christian, Emily Neves

Plot: Federation trooper Johnny Rico is ordered to work with a group of new recruits on a satellite station on Mars, where giant bugs have decided to target their next attack.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Big Mission

Story: Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars starts as Johnny Rico finds himself needing to work with a group of new recruits on Mars, ones with no discipline, this is his punishment for letting the bugs get to Earth in Invasion. When Carl tries to get an urgent message to Johnny through Carmen, Johnny finds himself ready for another big battle on Mars.

When Amy Snapp’s plan is released, Johnny Rico must take his rookies into battle against the bugs which have infested Mars, with Snapp’s plan to destroy Mars after the colony there don’t want to fight with the Federation anymore.

Thoughts on Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

Characters – Johnny Rico has been punished for his action letting the bugs get to Earth, demoted down to training recruits with Martian recruits who lack discipline, until he finds the bugs on Mars and must lead an assault on them to save the planet, he gets a visit from an old friend that will guide him after he is alone, to show him the way to take out the problem. This is back to the Johnny Rico we know and seeing him with the original friends is always the highlight of the series. Carl has learnt of the threat coming, where he tries to get through to both Carmen and Johnny to stop the destruction of Mars. He will do everything he needs to, to get the message through. Carmen is more of the middleman between the communication needing to make her own decision about whether to help Carl or not. Amy Snapp is the Sky Marshall who has set up her own plan to keep the federation together looks to get rid of anything she sees as a problem. While this is an interesting villain it does show the political side of the war on the bugs.

StoryThe story here follows Johnny Rico who must go on his own mission with a new set of recruits to save Mars from the bug invasion and a threat from within. This does give us Johnny back in front and centre again, which is why the franchise is so popular, we get to see how the war has become more political and the bugs are kind of falling into what the Zombies are in the Walking Dead, a threat but not the biggest one. It does follow one long mission which is everything we needed to see to keep things simple and that’s all we need.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is everything we have seen from the live-action movies, which works because we know the military side of the war. With the sci-fi side of the film focusing on the battle with the bugs, just like how we have seen through the franchise.

SettingsThe film returns to a bigger setting, with the war being on Mars this time showing the opening landscapes with bugs crawling all over them.

AnimationThe animation standard is still strong through the film, we know the blood is going to be splattered with everything showing this is a more adult animation.

Scene of the Movie – The battle escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough original material.

Final Thoughts This is a solid addition to the franchise, it is all entertaining and continues to build the world of Starship Troopers.

Overall: Fun Sequel.

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – I – Isle of Dogs (2018)

Director: Wes Anderson

Writer: Wes Anderson (Screenplay) Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talent) Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura


Plot: Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.


Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Delightfully Entertaining


Story: Isle of Dogs starts when Mayor Kobayashi declares dogs to be banned from the city because of the outbreak of dog flu, it means all the dogs must be sent to trash island. 6-months later five alpha dogs Chief, Rex, King, Duke and Boss have created their own pack and when the Mayor’s nephew Atari goes in search for his dog, crash landing on the island.

With four of the dogs being house pets, Chief doesn’t follow the same beliefs the rest, he reluctantly accepts to help Atari in the search for the dog and the cure could be heading their way at last.


Thoughts on Isle of Dogs


Characters – Chief is the stray out of the pack, he isn’t as willing to help as the others to help Atari because he has never felt the attention from a human, reluctantly he helps and learns how important a human can be. Atari is the young boy that has had his dog taken from him and goes in search for him working with the fellow dogs on the island, while alluding his evil uncle. Rex is the guide for the island, he challenges Chief most to be equal in the decision-making process. King is another part of the pack the least standout of the five, while Duke knows all the rumours about different parts of the island, which gets the laughs through the film, with Boss being the calm presence through the pack.

StoryThe story here follows a city that has excluded dogs dumping them on a trash island to fend for themselves. One boy travels there to find his dog as we see how the dogs have settled on the island while others plan an escape, with the humans on the main land fighting for the dogs rights with the evil mayor planning on destroying them. This film does have a lot more going on than you would expect which is a surprise, but it does show us just how loyal people will be towards their dogs. This does fly by for time and gives us enough of the Anderson quirks that he seems to be the only one to bring us, with the most important message being, not to rush into rash decisions.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure takes the dogs and Atari on an adventure across the trash island to stop the destruction of the dogs, we get comedy from the different dogs and how they react to the events of the film.

SettingsThe film uses two main wonderful settings, first the city which looks fantastic, while the trash island is just as beautifully created through the film.

AnimationThe animation used in the film is stop-motion which looks amazing as always to watch.

Scene of the Movie –
The crash landing because of the reactions.

That Moment That Annoyed Me How did no one else try to get their dogs back.

Final ThoughtsThis is a delightful movie that will only make you smile, the stop-motion is used perfectly and the scale of the world created is mind blowing.


Overall: Must watch animation.