While Hollywood’s first interpretation of Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers was hardly a tour de force, it wasn’t a complete waste of film either. Since its release back in 1997, three other movies have been produced, including most recently Starship Troopers: Invasion. Currently only available in Japan, it’ll be available in the US in a few weeks and Australia in a few months. To help you make a more informed purchase, here’s your chance to watch the first 10 minutes.
Over at io9, there’s a clip of the film’s opening scenes, weighing in at nine minutes and 26 seconds. The animation is alright, but the blood effects look odd, though I’m not entirely sure why.
Invasion is directed by Shinji Aramaki, best known for his directorial work on 2004’s Appleseed and for gamers, 2010’s Halo Legends compilation of shorts based on developer Bungie’s popular shooter. Given its lack of a mainstream release outside of Japan (though it is available on iTunes in the US), neither Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic feature reviews. However, it does have a 5.5/10 rating from 756 users on IMDB, which does not bode well for its prospects in overseas markets. But it’s hardly damning.
It’s destined for the US on August 28, while from what I can see, we’ll have to wait for October 11 to see locally. Unless you import it or, ah, download it.