"Hello boys, I’m baaaack!!!” -Russell Casse, Independence Day
The long-awaited sequel has finally arrived in theaters after an over twenty year hiatus. Jeff Goldblum and the crew are back in this epic sequel where humans once again have to face an alien attack. This time, however, Earth is better prepared as they were able to utilize some of the alien technology left over from their fallen alien brethren and turn it into super weapons. The humans are preparing for another imminent invasion as a much larger ship lurks in the depths of space.
The film had its memorable moments, even if it doesn’t quite live up to the first movie’s standards. Most of the original cast are back to bring us another solid entry to this franchise. This is the first sequel director Roland Emmerich has ever done. How did he do? Well, I’ve made a list of the five reasons to check out Independence Day: Resurgence, and I promise you that there will be no spoilers ahead.
#1. The Original Cast
With the exception of Will Smith, the original cast returning cannot be overstated. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner and Judd Hirsch all have welcoming returns to this franchise. Even Captain Steven Hiller’s wife Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox) gets a chance to shine. The original cast puts on a fine performance as they each get plenty of screen time. Jeff Goldblum has by far the best performance out of the bunch. If anything, you should check out the film to see some of these old-timers back in action one last time! (Or is it?)
#2. The One Liners
While the one liners don’t quite equate to the original film, there are still a few that stand out. We already heard Goldblum say one of them in the trailer: “They like to get the landmarks.” You can expect many more lines similar to this one in the film.
As far as movie speeches are concerned, there are a lot of them. Even though Independence Day (1996) had that one great speech by former President Thomas J. Whitmore (Pullman), there are a few too many speeches in this movie. Some of the speeches feel a bit out of place, however, some are absolutely vital and occur at the right time.
#3. Roland Emmerich: The Master of Disaster
The same person who directed the 1998 Godzilla movie as well as both The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, Emmerich has once again showed that he is "The Master of Disaster." Emmerich has pretty much defined the term “disaster movie” with the films that he has made in his repertoire. Independence Day: Resurgence of course adds to this list, and is a great representation of a disaster flick.
If you come to the theater wanting to see complete global destruction, this film is for you. This man thoroughly enjoys destroying the Earth, as is the case with most of his films. The CGI in this film for the most part is very well done. With the use of updated technology, Emmerich is able to utilize this to his advantage. His destructive work certainly shows in the final product.
#4. Up Close and Personal Combat Against The Aliens
If there’s one minor gripe I have about the original film, it’s that we really didn’t get a chance to see these aliens and understand how they use the technology to their advantage. This film, however, shows us all kinds of scenes, with the humans facing off against the aliens.
There are also scenes where the humans are forced to fight them in hand-to-hand combat situations. This enables the phrase “close-encounter” to come to fruition. Sure the aliens are heavily computerized (which is rather noticeable), however, it makes for more compelling scenes to take place. While puppet figures would have been preferred, they would not have had the maneuverability that the aliens had in the movie. With technology having improved tremendously over the past twenty years, it made sense for the director to decide to use less puppets and models with more computer graphics. Some of these fight scenes are intense and make for a wild ride.
#5. It’s Pure FUN!!!
This is definitely not a film you want to take seriously. In fact, at times the film seems like it’s not even taking itself seriously. This sequel is one of those so-called “popcorn flicks.” The film deserves to be seen in a movie theater as a purely entertaining sci-fi action movie. I consider the film to be a lot of fun. There are certain parts that make you question the direction the movie is going in, but if you don’t overthink it, you’ll have a good time.
Any way you look at it, Independence Day: Resurgence is a solid sequel, boasting astounding special effects and massive set pieces. If you go in expecting a great storyline, you’ll probably walk away feeling disappointed. This movie is surely not as good as the original, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad film. On the contrary, Independence Day: Resurgence is very enjoyable and worth checking out in a theater near you. And if you're still on the fence, check out the latest trailer to see all that destruction up close and personal!
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