Don’t you just hate it when you watch a couple get together that you’ve been rooting for throughout the movie and then a giant mutant bug stabs her in the stomach and it’s all over? Yeah we hate it too. If you’re um-ing and ah-ing where this scene-setting image is from then it was, of course, the original Starship Troopers film, released in 1997.
Starship Troopers was a CG heavy film based on humans attacking mutant bugs that were threatening the planet (you can see the original trailer here). It was full of big guns, big uniforms and yes, you guessed it, big alien bugs. At the time of the release, the CG in this film was regarded as some of the best, and although the storyline may not have appealed to everyone, the sci-fi and CG fans were avid watchers. It was a lot like Marmite, people seemed to love it, or hate it. The studios who worked on the original were Sony Pictures Imageworks (The Amazing Spider-man, Men In Black 3), Industrial Light & Magic (Avatar, Harry Potter) and Tippett Studio (Ted, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn). Looking back at the film now, it may not look like much but it is clear evidence of how much the industry has developed, from being able to produce not only the aliens in CG but everything else. Despite this, the sequels to the film failed to maintain a large audience, and the franchise was eventually put to rest.
You can imagine my surprise then, when scrolling through the IGN website that I see a trailer pop up for the new, completely CG film; Starship Trooper: Invasion. From watching the trailer, the film looks to be a prime example of what a fully CG movie looks like, and how far it has come in 15 years. It will definitely be worth a watch for all you die hard fans and CG lovers. Due for release on the 28th August, the DVD and Blu-Ray will include bonus features such as commentary, deleted scenes and a ‘making of’ featurette, so keep your eyes peeled!