Writer: Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo (Screenplay)
Starring: Tim Thomerson, Timothy Van Patten, Art LaFleur, Biff Manard, William Paulson, peter Boom
Plot: In Italy, during World War II some American soldiers find an alien UFO.
Tagline – They Take War To A New Dimension.
Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Dated Cheesy B-Movie
Story: Zone Troopers starts by following an America troop in Italy during World War II, The Sarge (Thomerson) leads his men including Joey (Van Patten), Mittens (LaFleur) and new solider Dolan (Manard). The four men find themselves standard behind enemy lines.
Preparing their own escape, they learn that the German’s are not the only threat in the woods as they discover an alien ship with aliens running around the woods too.
Thoughts on Zone Troopers
Characters – The Sarge is the leader of the soldiers, he doesn’t make friends in the troop because of how many people he has lost before, he just wants to get his men home even if Dolan makes everything more difficult. Joey is the naïve member of the squad the youngster, but also the wheeler and dealer in search for the quick solution. Mittens is the tough member of the squad he will keep everything simple while doing the smarter decisions. Dolan is the newest member of the squad, which will see him try to get the story as he is a reporter.
Performances – The performances from the four leads play into the generic figures you would expect to see in any movie set during the war time, the actors do the best with what they get without making their characters feel like they need to standout.
Story – The story follows four American soldiers that get caught behind enemy lines only to learn the Germans are investigating a spaceship that has crashed, the Americans and aliens team up to escape the situation, defeat the Germans for today. This is a simple story of how the Americans will be looking win the war against the Germany villains, easy enough formula just adding aliens into the mix. The story isn’t the deepest and doesn’t offer too much refreshing, only to easy to follow.
Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi – The action involved in the film is all war based bullet flying without being that anything overly realistic, which does mix in with the sci-fi side of the film with the aliens being laser weapons in the action too.
Settings – The film is set in the woods which shows the lower budget behind the film, it does show the war can put people into a situation they don’t know how to get out off.
Final Thoughts – This is one hell of a cheesy fun action film that can just be enjoyed rather than studied.
Overall: Cheesy actioner.