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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Independence Day: Resurgence

I’m a big fan of the film Independence Day that was released in 1996. The perfect cast starred in this apocalyptic kind of tale where the world must come together to combat the aliens that are intent on doing humanity and all earth’s creatures in.

Now, 20 years later (2016), we have Independence Day: Resurgence. The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and destruction, and for some language. Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) has unfortunately died, but his stepson Dylan (Jessie T. Usher) has become a fighter pilot in his footsteps.  His mother Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox) seems to have dropped her career as a stripper to become a nurse.

We have former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman), who seems to be suffering from a type of dementia, and new hotshots Jake (Liam Hemsworth), and the President’s daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe), now all grown up. David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) is in Africa where he meets an old flame, and a strong African man who has noticed signs of the resurgence. Seems the world has hung together over these twenty years in anticipation of the aliens striking again. Good thing we did, because yes! They are back!

I only saw this recently on DVD, and must say that some of the same themes are revisited. There are portions that seem old, but ultimately the story and the action won me over and I was on the edge of my seat, hoping that my favorite characters wouldn’t bite the dust during the inevitable fighting that occurred. Some of the communication themes kind of reminded me of Arrival, a messy film I reviewed earlier on my blog.

Sequels are difficult to make. A lot of them go flat because they use the themes and what worked from the original blockbuster rather than taking on new, fresher material. But Independence Day: Resurgence was okay for an evening’s entertainment. The call to action for the people of the world to bond together to fight a common foe doesn’t get old. Isn’t that what we still need to do today? Come together to fight greed and corruption in government, to assure that the planet is not further destroyed by global climate change, to combat the centuries old archaic religious beliefs that only serve to divide humanity instead of illuminating our commonalities.

The special effects were pretty good, but I was only watching it on my screen at home. Those aliens had the biggest space ship I’ve seen in an alien type film. I noticed that earth’s ally was a smooth sphere, and the aliens were gangly, ugly monsters. One intelligent and serene looking, one stupid and aggressive. This didn’t seem to me to be simply a random choice!

There is a little romance going on here and there, and people coming together to survive some really horrifically devastating destruction when the aliens attacked. You might find it fun to watch the first one and then this sequel directly afterwards as a double feature.


  1. I will admit that I am one of the few people out there who has not seen this film and the original Independence Day twenty plus years ago. The problem is that I won't be able to seriously watch the film.

    In January of 1996 I was with a bunch of friends at the movie theater and the preview for Independence Day was shown. I remember they showed the White House, or the Capitol, being blown up in the preview. I leaned over to my best friend from high school, whom I was seeing the film with and made a joke whispering to him that this is based on a true story.

    I should point out that his sense of humor is as crazy as mine, if not more. Without missing a beat he responded back that it was a loose interpretation of Death of a Salesman. Then he quickly followed up with it was a very loose interpretation.

    I started to laugh hysterically and even missed the opening of the film we went to see which was Broken Arrow. Spoiler alert, don't see it, it is a horrible movie. It reminds you why John Travolta hadn't made many films since The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

    So now whenever I see Independence Day on TV, the first thought that runs through my head is about it being a loose interpretation of Death of a Salesman and I'm unable to watch it.

    1. Ha, ha, Death of a Salesman, not even close!