Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Independence Day Resurgence

The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Independence Day, the movie that crafted the sci-fi disaster flick by storm and who can ever forget the iconic scene when an alien ship destroyed the White House with a powerful beam as well as Will Smith's iconic role as one of the pilots who bravely resisted the alien invasion? In honor of the film's 20th anniversary since the movie premiered in 1996, a brand new Independence Day film has arrived but is it worth waiting?

Independence Day Resurgence

Independence Day Resurgence brings back familiar faces from the 1996 film such as Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Vivica A. Fox, as well as new ones such as Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Maika Monroe, Joey King, Jessie Usher, and Sela Ward. Sadly though, Will Smith was not present in this sequel, which makes us very sad. Anyway, in this film, while Earth was reeling from the massive alien attack 20 years ago, the planet has been invaded once again by aliens, only this time, they're getting more and more powerful and growing in numbers that can outnumber Earth's forces. Thanks to newly recovered alien weaponry, world leaders initiated a multiscale defense effort to save Earth but nothing can prepare us for the massive extraterrestrial onslaught and only a handful of heroes can repeat the victory that liberated Earth from its invaders 20 years ago.

Although this movie is more of a 20th anniversary offering to the 1996 flick, Resurgence feels somewhat lacking compared to the original. Even with returning favorites as well as disaster flick master Roland Emmerich directed it and the endless use of special effects to make this movie as awesome as any sci-fi flick we know, it still won't make the cut to bring the magic that the 1996 Independence Day flick had. The lack of Will Smith means that the sequel feels somewhat odd, a bit tad old-fashioned, and a bit tasteless like sipping a cup of water. However, in terms of getting glued till the end of the movie, Resurgence remains its thrilling feel as the original and with some massive earth-shaking moments and cool space-age dogfights in store, this is just enough to blow a cake to Independence Day's 20th birthday.

To conclude, although the sequel lacks the original's formula, it still capable enough to blow anyone who got glued watching it until the film's ending.

My rating: 3.1 out of 5.

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