Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Aliens are Back and Badder in "Independence Day: Resurgence"


Yeah, so I'm late to the party once again. Regardless, "Independence Day: Resurgence" is way too big of an event film to just let pass by without me giving my two cents worth. Thirty years after the first attack, Director Roland Emmerich brings us the next wave of the alien invasion. Joining him in the battle are returning cast members Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch, and Vivica A. Fox. The old school are joined by new recruits Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, and William Fichtner.


As the Fourth of July nears, satellite engineer David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) investigates a 3,000-mile-wide mother ship that's approaching Earth in "Independence Day: Resurgence". Fortunately, 20 years earlier, nations across the world started to use recovered extraterrestrial technology to develop an immense defense program. When the alien invaders attack with unprecedented force, the U.S. president, teams of scientists and brave fighter pilots spring into action to save the planet from a seemingly invincible enemy.


Most of the stars from the original film get their chance to make a cameo or shine brightly throughout the entire runtime. Director Emmerich and his plethora of writers gives any characters in the movie for only a brief amount of time an honorable and heroic death. Robert Loggia is paid tribute to through a few shots of him at a celebration. I thought all the newer actors did a good job with their roles as well.


"Independence Day: Resurgence" is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and destruction, and for some language. It contains quite a bit of foul language including taking the Lord's name in vein multiple times. The violence is nothing more than we see in the first movie. There's also some slimy parts when aliens get offed.


I really can't see how anyone who liked the original movie would have a problem with "Independence Day: Resurgence". It makes an admirable attempt to establish characters at a moderate speed before dropping a constant barrage of action scenes on us. It does take some time to get going, but once it does we're in for a ride. I've heard a few people screaming about its cheesiness, but in my opinion it's less corny than the first one.


If you go into "Independence Day: Resurgence" expecting a popcorn-chomping special effects bonanza, you won't be disappointed. If you're hoping for something cerebral like "Interstellar" or "Contact", you'll be gravely upset. My advice is check your head at the door and just have a great time.


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