Up 2,014 this week

Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012)

R  |   |  Animation, Action, Sci-Fi  |  21 July 2012 (Japan)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 8,183 users  
Reviews: 53 user | 37 critic

On an asteroid, the Terran Federation's Fort Casey is on top of a bug hive. The Starship Alesia begins to deploy its troops to seize and control the hanger and rescue any survivors. 'Alpha'... See full summary »



(based on the novel by), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


The 25 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 20 Nov 2011
a list of 35 titles
created 25 Mar 2012
a list of 40 titles
created 13 Aug 2012
a list of 22 titles
created 24 Apr 2013
a list of 45 titles
created 18 Jan 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012)

Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Starship Troopers: Invasion.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Johnny Rico is called back into action to defeat the bugs.

Director: Edward Neumeier
Stars: Casper Van Dien, Jolene Blalock, Stephen Hogan
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

In the sequel to Paul Verhoeven's loved/reviled sci-fi film, a group of troopers taking refuge in an abandoned outpost after fighting alien bugs, failing to realize that more danger lays in wait.

Director: Phil Tippett
Stars: Billy Brown, Richard Burgi, Kelly Carlson
Sci-Fi | Animation | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The missions of a Mobile Infantry squad as they participate in a war of survival against a ferocious alien insectoid invader.

Stars: Nicholas Guest, James Horan, Alexander Polinsky
Action | Sci-Fi | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer
Appleseed (2004)
Sci-Fi | Action | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?

Directors: Shinji Aramaki, Steven Foster, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ai Kobayashi, Jûrôta Kosugi, Yuki Matsuoka
Animation | Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A squad of Ultramarines answer a distress call from an Imperial Shrine World. A full Company of Imperial Fists was stationed there, but there is no answer from them. The squad investigates to find out what has happened there.

Director: Martyn Pick
Stars: Terence Stamp, John Hurt, Sean Pertwee
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on the comic book by the creator of Ghost in the Shell, a young female soldier Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos survive through the post World War 3 apocalyptic New York in ... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aramaki
Stars: Yuka Komatsu, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Aoi Yuki
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

With Brialeos convalescing after a mission, Deunan is assigned a new and remarkably familiar partner as a strange wave of terrorist attacks plague Olympus.

Director: Shinji Aramaki
Stars: Ai Kobayashi, Kôichi Yamadera, Yûji Kishi
Animation | Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Special Agent Leon S.Kennedy goes against his superior's orders and works to destroy a series of biological weapons being used in a war zone in Europe.

Director: Makoto Kamiya
Stars: Matthew Mercer, Dave Wittenberg, Wendee Lee
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  

Starship One - the most powerful warship in the Federation, capable of destroying entire worlds. When the order is given to destroy the Earth, Flight Lieutenant John Worthy mutineers Starship One and takes on the might of the Federation.

Director: Neil Johnson
Stars: Darren Jacobs, Emii, Brooke Lewis
Vexille (2007)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Japan, 2077: A female agent named Vexille is dispatched to Tokyo to investigate whether Japanese are developing robotic technology, which has been banned by the U.N. due to its potential threat to humankind.

Director: Fumihiko Sori
Stars: Meisa Kuroki, Shôsuke Tanihara, Yasuko Matsuyuki
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Young military recruits train to fight a war on a bug-infested alien planet.



Cast overview, first billed only:
Luci Christian ...
Carmen Ibanez (voice)
Johnny Rico (voice)
Justin Doran ...
Carl Jenkins (voice)
David Wald ...
Hero (voice)
Andrew Love ...
Bugspray (voice)
Leraldo Anzaldua ...
Ratzass (voice)
Sam Roman ...
Daugherty (voice)
Emily Neves ...
Trig (voice)
Melissa Davis ...
Ice Blonde (voice)
Kalob Martinez ...
Holyman (voice)
Chris Patton ...
Kharon (voice)
Adam Gibbs ...
Shock Jock (voice)
Jovan Jackson ...
Mech (voice)
Corey Hartzog ...
Chase (voice)
Josh Grelle ...
Chow (voice)


On an asteroid, the Terran Federation's Fort Casey is on top of a bug hive. The Starship Alesia begins to deploy its troops to seize and control the hanger and rescue any survivors. 'Alpha' team landed without much resistance from the bugs, after they rendezvous with what's left of Fort Casey's troopers, LTA Daugherty then decided to hold till the John A. Warden evacuates while the Alesia stands by for immediate evacuation. Written by Iztari

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Everyone Fights. No One Quits.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:





Release Date:

21 July 2012 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Invasión 4  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
See  »

Did You Know?


In several scenes, the word "satellite," is misspelled as "Sattellite," on the side of spaceships. See more »


In several scenes, the word "satellite," is misspelled as "Sattellite," on the side of spaceships. See more »


Trig: My parents made that rifle. There was an armory in my hometown. Everyone worked there that is, until the bugs melted the place with the plasma bomb. Soldiers, civilians, family's. Everyone died. I swore then, that I'd kill just as many bugs, and I'd do it with that gun.
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of credits we can see a lonely insect running through the sewers, apparently, Paris's sewers See more »


Follows Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) See more »


Klendathu Drop
Written by Basil Poledouris
Performed by Tetsuya Takahashi
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An ultra-violent, action-packed blast - nothing more, nothing less
3 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"I always get the shakes before a drop. I've had the injections, of course, and hypnotic preparation, and it stands to reason that I can't really be afraid. The ship's psychiatrist has checked my brain waves and asked me silly questions while I was asleep and he tells me that it isn't fear, it isn't anything important - it's just like the trembling of an eager race horse in the starting gate... ...I couldn't say about that; I've never been a race horse. But the fact is: I'm scared silly, every time" - Juan "Johnnie" Rico, first lines, Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship Troopers"

I don't pretend to know everything that late sci-fi writer Robert A. Heinlein intended to put forth in his controversial landmark 1959 military science fiction novel "Starship Troopers." I do know that it's been hugely influential in science fiction literature and film ever since its publication 53 years ago. It was adapted into Paul Verhoeven's wildly prescient 1997 feature-length movie (which appeared to be more of a pro-/anti-war satire of Heinlein's novel), and more importantly (to me, anyway) the cast members of James Cameron's "Aliens" (1986) - my #5 movie, by the way - were required to read the book as part of their "basic training" for the film.

Regardless of what you think of Heinlein's points in the book, it's first-rate sci-fi entertainment and pro-war military propaganda of the first degree. I saw Verhoeven's 1997 film adaptation first, and to this day I still absolutely love that movie. I read the book some time afterward; I completed it in a single day - that's how immersed I was in Heinlein's insanely in-depth futuristic universe. Two sequels to Verhoeven's original film have been produced, and one animated sequel from "Appleseed" (2004) director Shinji Aramaki - 2012's "Starship Troopers: Invasion" (which was ultimately supported by an ultimately flawed script by screenwriter Flint Dille).

"Starship Troopers: Invasion" is the most worthwhile sequel so far to Verhoeven's 1997 cinematic offering of Heinlein's most celebrated work (for me, that is). Like the not-so-freakin'-bad "Starship Troopers: Marauder" (2008), "Invasion" takes a little bit more inspiration directly from the pages of Heinlein's original novel, even though "Invasion" is, in fact, a direct sequel - more or less - to Verhoeven's first live-action movie.

What connects this particular feature to its predecessors - despite being animated - is that three central characters from Verhoeven's 1997 film reappear here: Johnny Rico, Carmen Ibanez, and Carl Jenkins (who were played, respectively, by Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, and Neil Patrick Harris in Verhoeven's first film). Van Dien and "Starship Troopers" screenwriter/long-time Verhoeven collaborator Ed Neumeier serve as producers on "Invasion." "Starship Troopers: Invasion" is a nicely animated feature with a largely Japanese Anime' production team behind it, with American actors voicing the parts.

The film begins with the mysterious disappearance of the Federation Starship "John A. Warden," which was apparently conducting clandestine experiments involving the Arachnids, which was under the supervision of Carl Jenkins, now the head of the Ministry of Paranormal Warfare. A group of M.I. (Mobile Infantry) troopers, along with Captain Carmen Ibanez, are sent to investigate, only to discover a Bug plot that threatens the very fate of everything on Earth. And Johnny Rico, now a general, is forced to join the fray in order to save his friends and the galaxy from a full-scale Bug infestation.

Unlike its predecessors, the plot to "Starship Troopers: Invasion" is pretty straight-forward science fiction warfare and lacks the vicious humor aimed at satirizing wartime values and military propaganda that marked its three predecessors. Despite that, there is some slight humor to be found here (of the tough-guy military variety and not satirical), and some decidedly course language (and some gratuitous nudity). Instead, "Invasion" seems more closely tied to "Aliens" in its presentation and characterizations. You also see a more prominent display of the "powered suits" made famous in the pages of Heinlein's original novel.

Characters are pretty thin and it's hard to separate some of them from one another, but it's true here that both prominent and stock characters alike get slaughtered viciously in some particularly gruesome ways (even though it's also true that the Bugs appear to suffer a much heavier body count than the humans do). (It's quite remarkable that the presentation and overall appearance of the Bugs here is still quite faithful to their presentation in Verhoeven's original - where they were first designed by special effects artist Phil Tippett - though they're more for cannon-fodder here, rather than a misunderstood indigenous species defending their home from hostile foreign invaders.)

Shinji Aramaki created a lean, mean, and focused Japanese-style animated feature with "Starship Troopers: Invasion." The film takes a little more inspiration from Robert A. Heinlein's original book (which is quite good, in my opinion, for the film, at least), but it's still very much in line with the legacy put forth by Paul Verhoeven's 1997 film adaptation. It's an ultra-violent, action-packed blast - nothing more, nothing less.


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I found this movie awesome. Vainglory-1
Not bad, but! martin-blevin
Stiff animation... skysoft501
Turning the lights on SapphireRoyal
Do I need to watch the others? m-licio
Decent CGI, woeful script!! royale69
Discuss Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: