This week from director Roland Emmerich and 20th Century Fox is an invasion that takes the Earth by storm with INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence.
The world after 1996’s invasion is considerably different. World leaders have come together and there hasn’t been a conflict since then. The technology has grown exponentially and there is colonization on the moon.
Jake (Liam Hemsworth) is a wild pilot who is the fiancé of former President Whitmore’s (Bill Pullman) daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe). Patricia works at the White House with President Lanford (Sela Ward) and is pleased when she sees friend Dylan Hiller (Jessie T. Usher).
Preparing for an Independence Day celebration honoring those who were important to the 1996 invasion, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) was to attend. Instead, Levinson is in the African desert discovering that one of the alien craft has come to life once again.
On the moon an unusual object is shot down by the base but Whitmore and Dr. Okun (Brent Spiner) know that the aliens are coming back. General Adams (William Fichtner) calls out to everyone who can help with plans to stop a 3,000 mile wide alien craft that is tougher than they could imagine.
Goldblum as Levinson takes the lead in the film. He’s been there and done that as even the President calls on him to devise a plan that will work. I love Goldblum when he interacts with Hirsch I have to say, those two are hilarious. Once again Goldblum takes his character and reminds us that he “is as smart as we all hope you are”.
Pullman returns as former President Whitemore but in a character that kind of made me a little sad. After his mental encounter in 1996, people think he is a little off the beaten earthly path. Never count out a man who brought the world together and has no issue jumping in and fighting.
Hemsworth as Jake has a wild side and it is based on a little bit of hostility toward creatures that killed his parents. When it comes to the alien return, that wild side is what saves when an adversary doesn’t exactly play fair. Monroe as ex-first-kid Patricia Whitmore tries to protect her father and worries for fiancé Jake.
Usher as Hiller is living barely in the shadow of Cpt. Hiller. He has an issue with Jake that seems oddly out of place in the storyline. Smith’s Capt. Hiller was a solid presence that would have been nice but whatever. Ward as President Lanford is executive looking with her short “take them down” lines.
Spiner as Okun is still comical and smart. When he is given an orb that is also alien in nature, he knows that the key to success lies within and is excited as only Okun can be. Fichtner as General Adams is a go getter and when he is called up to take over he gets the job done with the help of everyone around him.
Shout out to Judd Hirsch back as the wise-cracking father Julius Levinson. Also, Vivica A. Fox returns as Jasmine Hiller who watches her son follow in elder Hiller’s footsteps. Patrick St. Esprit is Defense Secretary Tanner, Angelababy is uber cool pilot Rain Lao, Charlotte Gainsbourg is Catherine Marceaux resident alien mystery buster, Deobia Oparei as Dikembe Umbutu African warlord who is going to fight the aliens on their terms and Nicolas Wright as Floyd Rosenberg fidgety White House aide who isn’t happy about what’s going down.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence is going to get a huge rave from me. Why? Because I can first of all and second I am a huge fan of disaster films. Director Emmerich has made it his mission in life to try everything to test this blue marble that everything else either seems to want or to destroy. That’s what makes it so much fun to watch – no matter what his films bring people together in the midst of madness.
Come on, you know you all harbor the guilty pleasure of watching DAY AFTER TOMORROW, EYE OF THE STORM, 2012 and the original 1996 INDEPENDENCE DAY. Yes, me and mine sat in the theatre through several showings because it was a good time. The thrill, bangs, explosions, witty one-liners, and heavy patriotic speeches. Oh yea, Bill Pullman caused an entire theatre to break out in cheers and had them on their feet in 1996.
That’s the best part of a disaster film. Getting the blood flowing and becoming engrained in something bigger than ourselves, even if only for 120 minutes. INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence brings more of that back. There are wise cracks, cheesy characters, one-liners, moment of pure ‘end-of-the-world’ sentiment, action, fantastic special effects, mind blowing destruction and a never-give-up attitude.
Is the door open for more aliens to get a piece of Earth and humanity? Of course, you can’t exactly take out the biggest ship in the universe and not expect something to notice. In the audience there were cheers, laughter and a few ‘oh-no-they-didn’t!’ uttered loudly which actually made the film more fun. I mean when the audience feels comfortable enough to become part of the experience you have to love that!
So pack up family and friends and prepare for the next invasion as INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence is in theatres now!
In the end – they only want one thing – DESTRUCTION!