Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Film Review

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It’s been twenty years since aliens attacked the Earth (Independence Day) and the whole time, Earth has been expecting a return. In the meantime, the planet has maintained peace and utilised the alien technology to be better able to defend themselves. Only this time, the main alien ship that enters the planet’s atmosphere is not just as big as a city; it’s as bit as an ocean. And that creates it’s own gravity, which leads to an awesome destruction scene with special effects galore. So, plotwise, the old guys come out – there’s David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) who is still the major science guy, only now everyone trusts him. And his dad, Julius (Judd Hirsch) who is not needed, but is useful and a lot of fun. There’s President Whitmore (Bill Pullman), who is retired and not necessarily all that well (I got a bit confused here) but who can still give one hell of a rousing speech. Then there’s the kid who was the son of Will Smith and the stripper in the first film, and he’s now an important air force man. And probably others…

I loved it. It’s always going to be hard to measure up to the original which I loved so much and have rewatched over and over again. I mean, let’s face it, they are not great films. They are cheesy and over the top, with spectacular special effects that take place of science. And it doesn’t matter that the whole world is at peace, it is still the Americans who are the only ones that really count. And yet – I love it.

 

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