What Goes Up, Must Come Down.

Independence Day: Resurgence. A movie with huge flaws yet still enjoyable.

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I N D E P E N D E N C E   D A Y : R E S U R G E N C E

Cast : Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman

My Rating : 2.5/5

Tagline : It has been two decades since the first Independence Day invasion, Earth finds itself facing a new threat. Will mankind’s new defenses be enough, to save them this time?

My Review :

Well we always expected them to come back, didn’t we?

Er… no! I didn’t. Independence Day was so huge, why even try and make a sequel? Initially, I was a little skeptical. Surely they are not going to try and ruin another movie with a mediocre script, CGI heavy, aged actors sequel? I asked myself! Yes… Yes… they were! I waited with anticipation for the trailers and to my surprise they showed a hint of a promise. The clincher for me though was the absence of Will Smith. Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy, he was great in the first movie but I did not want to see a remake of the first movie.

So, I entered the movie theater on Sunday with trepidation and a hint of hope, maybe I was about to see something amazing?

Er… no! Okay, so it was no Toy Story 3, however it was lot of fun. Just don’t think about it too hard.

Earth 20 years since the first attack has embraced and is using the alien technology left behind. Making space travel easier, faster and weapons deadlier. All the nations have come together to form some sort of space defense system. The younger generation has grown up dealing with the repercussions of that fateful day and those who were involved are still looking for answers.

Unfortunately, I ended up with a remake more or less of the first movie except everything is BIGGER! and I mean bigger. The technology, the spaceship and definitely the aliens, all bigger, but despite what they say, bigger does not always mean better. Bigger in this movie actually meant slightly sillier and little absurd. There are two good CG moments the rest of the CG feels a little wasted.

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I am loathed to talk about the plot too much, as to be honest there isn’t really much of one to talk about. Anything I might say about it has the possibility to be a huge spoiler. Parts of the script were amusing and there are a few laugh out loud moments but everything is really predictable. There are some pretty gaping plot holes. It also felt as though the editing was little out. Early on in the movie a base (which we never see) on Saturn is destroyed, presumably by something huge. Reaction of the powers that be in the movie: “Something destroyed our Saturn base? Oh no!” Okay, maybe not quite like that, but that was the general impression. I’m assuming that nothing like that had happened in the 20 years since the first attack, but the reaction was none existent. Just another day at the office.

We do discover the Aliens actual intention for Earth which is to destroy it, no surprise there. How do they intend to destroy it? By taking the Earth’s core. You get one glimpse of a spaceship preparing to do this in the ocean, exciting, this is the count down for the movie. Oh, hang on… After that you get a group of drunk hairy guys on a boat talking about it. What happened there? Did the money run out for that effect?

Somehow all the protagonists, surprise surprise… end up at Area 51 again! The base has been holding a load of Aliens for the past 20 years. Yet, somehow none of them have escaped until now. How did they do it? We never know. Then they disappear apart from the few needed for killing purposes.

Besides the huge plot holes, parts of the movie failed to flow, the continuity is missing and some of the acting was certainly questionable.  Liam Hemsworth maybe pretty but he is no Lawrence Olivier.

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Yet, despite the negatives I did actually enjoy it, so long as I didn’t think about it too much. The nostalgic references to the first movie were enjoyable though some have called them corny. Bill Pullman gives one of those speeches again. Not as “spine-tingling” as the one in the first movie but still a good moment. Jeff Goldblum is always a delight and as I mentioned Liam Hemsworth is pretty. SO, not all bad.

Overall, if you loved the first movie forget about it while watching the sequel. Don’t spend too much on the tickets cause you will feel cheated. Enjoy the comedy, the special effects and the slithers of heart rendering emotion. Just don’t expect greatness.

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