Cert: 12A Runtime: 120 mins Director: Roland Emmerich Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Jessi T.Usher, Maika Monroe, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and William Fichtner
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We can all say that the original Independence Day was a focal part of our cinematic up bringing. We all had it on VHS and well we loved it! This sequel has been in the pipe lines for many a year now and it has finally arrived. Is it any good? Well that’s why we are here to find out. What is Independence Day: Resurgence about? Twenty years on from the alien invasion of 1996, the Earth is now protected by a defence program made from the salvaged technology from the crashed UFOs. But before the aliens were defeated two decades ago, they sent a distress signal to their other battalions and now the response is here – a battle fleet even larger and more powerful than the last one. Is this the end for planet Earth?
I had a lot of fun with Independence Day: Resurgence By this I mean I laughed at how bad it was, it became good. I read in the trivia section that it took them this long to come up with a strong enough story to base the sequel around. Really? I find that hard to believe considering the product we’ve been given is almost identical to the original and has almost no creative plot points that a 10-year-old couldn’t have come up. That’s not to say it’s a bad film. It’s really not. As far as sci-fi actions goes, all you can really hope to be is entertained for the entire duration of the film. This movie ticks that criteria. Director Roland Emmerich, prolific in the ‘disaster movie’ genre, has been there all too many times and knows how to pace his movies. He rarely creates anything overly thought-provoking or game-changing, but he does know how to entertain.
There were far too many characters in this film. Liam Hemsworth really should stop making movies. He had no purpose in the film at all! Jeff Goldblum is hilarious as always, I wished they had utilised him more. He really is the top billing considering Will Smith didn’t return. Brent Spiner gave the film some great comedy relief but also some great dramatic moments. He even got the last line of the film which was awful! It’s clear that it’s all CGI, but director Roland Emmerich knows how to use it to the advantage of action. Unlike 2012 where it felt monotonous, here it’s better paced and even exciting. As I said, the alien ship landing is the generations “White House being blown up by aliens” scene. The writing is still campy and corny, so whether you’ll like it or not depends on your opinion of the original. I’ll admit that the worst part of the movie is the ending in which I wont give away, but it tries so hard to set up a sequel it was painful.