Independence Day: Resurgence – Can Lightning Strike Twice?

Independence Day: Resurgence                         

Official Synopsis: We always knew they were coming back.

After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

In 1996, Independence Day became a box office juggernaut bringing in over $817 million dollars, making it the year’s highest grossing film. While some argue that the film’s plot is paper thin, it didn’t matter because Director Roland Emmerich was able to shepherd an amazing movie theater experience that was second to none and was rounded out by unforgettable visual destruction and characters that were fun and easy to root for. 

Now 20 years later, Emmerich will try to replicate the magic with some new blood, along with the original cast, besides the glaring omission of Will Smith’s Capt. Steven Hiller. Smith and 20th Century Fox were unable to come to terms on a deal that would have the actor return to the role that launched his movie career.

This is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, but I’m also wondering if too much time has gone by. Nostalgia is going to bring in those who grew up in the 90’s, however, two decades have passed and there is a new generation of moviegoers who not only need to be drawn in, but also be impressed with the film, in order to match the success of its predecessor.

The casting of Liam Hemsworth in the lead as U.S. pilot Jake Morrison is certainly a step in the right direction to draw in the youngsters. Hollywood loves him and he’s easy on the eyes, but tell me if you can remember the young Hemsworth most memorable performance?

Don’t worry I’ll wait.

It doesn’t take the acting chops of Daniel Day Lewis to pull off this type of role that Hemsworth will undertake, or any role in the film for that matter. Still, one of the things that made Independence Day great is that all of the characters were fun and therefore memorable.

We remember Steven Hiller welcoming an alien to Earth with a right cross to its jaw. We marveled at Jeff Goldblum’s plucky David Levinson as his ingenuity uploaded a computer virus to the alien mothership ship using a Macintosh Powerbook 5300. All sorts of laughter ensued while Judd Hirsch annoyed everyone while being the atypical voice of reason as Julius Levinson and President Whitmore’s motivational speech before the final battle with the aliens inspired a generation.

Fox has done a great deal of promotion for the movie including a website that fills in the 20 year gap between the two movies.

Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters on June 24, 2016.   

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