Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence

Back in the nineties, independence Day was one of those laserdiscs that caused mass migration into my house. People who did not think much of the movie - let's be frank, it was a silly movie - came to appreciate is as a celebration of fun. Could the sequel that took two decades to come, Independence Day: Resurgence, be as good?
Short answer: No. Slightly longer answer: very, very, far from it.
So, yes, two decades later the aliens make a comeback to have another go at earth. Their interest in earth is actually explained this time around: they want its core, and us humans only have a day or so before they take it from us and leave us coreless. Which, we are told, would destroy the earth because of the lack of a magnetic field (something that happened several times in earth's history already). Come to think of it, we are not told what's so unique about the earth's core; those same aliens could have peacefully gone for the cores of Venus and Mars, not to mention other solar systems.
Anyway, joining the stupid plot are cliche characters portrayed by various famous actors, some of which reprise their older roles. I will also note many - like Will Smith - had the great wisdom to avoid this disaster and didn't show up.
The result is so pathetic I will not even bother analysing it (and the further sequels inviting ending only renders things worse). I know, what is the point of a review if I do not review? Well, some things go even below yours truly's standards.
The duo of director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin had a few promising movies in their past. More recently, however, theirs are just a repeat of the same theme - America saving the world. Maybe theirs are films for the Trump era; as far as I am concerned, they should have quit while ahead. Around two decades ago.
Overall: Pathetic through and through. At 1 out of 5 crabs, I urge you to avoid this Resurgence in any way possible.

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