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Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner
The Summer is almost here and you know what that means…SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS~! We kick off Summer season with the sequel to 1996’s Independence Day. I have seen that film, I actually plan on reviewing it someday, but it’s been 20 years since I last saw it and the only thing I remember is that scene where the alien spaceship blew up the White House. That and Will Smith saying he’s going to kick E.T’s ass. I really should have watched the first one before going to see this. It was on Channel Four recently as well. Life lessons, people!
It’s been 20 years since the aliens attacked Earth. Life is good on Earth (bar the 9/11 attacks, London bombings, recession and other bad things). Since then, nations across the world have started to use the technology used by the aliens for their own needs in order to create an intergalactic space program. Also within those 20 years, the aliens have been planning a fresh attack on Earth, this time using a 3,000-mile-wide mothership that attacks earth with unprecedented force, destroying half the planet!! It’s up to the U.S president, team of scientists and fighter pilots (one of which is Will Smith’s son from the first film) to save the world from a powerful force!
Before I go into my analysis of this film, I want to point out that the music was composed by a guy called Thomas Wanker. Yes, you’ve read that right, Thomas WANKER!
I liked this film. I really did. It’s currently got 33% on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic and I’m struggling to pinpoint why that is.
I go to movies to be entertained, IDR achieved that, in my opinion. the film reunites a number of casts from 20 years ago, including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Brent Spiner who still deliver to further enhance the enjoyment of this popcorn flick. All the returning characters are treated with great respect, due to their involvement in the ’96 film. There’s some hilarious dialogue and funny scenes, so it’s a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously with its cheesy moments. Just thinking about it, it does that 90’s feel about it, despite being set in 2016.
If you’re wondering, Will Smith isn’t in the film. His character has a memorial in the White House and is remembered as a hero from the alien war of ’96.
Also the main characters (and there were a number of them) did seem to be a bit stereotypical, such as the fly-boy who was sent to the moon because he was a little too reckless, the kid that passed the academy with top marks, the nerdy lawyer, and of course the son of the hero from the first movie, who happens to have inherited his fame from his father. Most of the main characters didn’t have arcs or really boring ones, with backstory and motivation delivered ham-fisted. Most things the characters said were either a one-liner, comic relief or advanced the plot. There were a few ‘inspiring’ speeches, but I felt only one worked, you’ll know which one it is once you’ve seen the film.
The film takes a while to start up, but believe me, the pace picks up at the end.
I’m mixed about the special effects. The scene where they showed an outer-space shot of the mothership covering up half of the world was incredible, whiles you could tell that some scenes were filmed in front of a blue screen, which seems to be the norm nowadays.
All in all, I really enjoyed this film. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.
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Rating: **** (Champion)