Starring Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pulman and Liam Hemsworth, Independence Day: Resurgence is set 20 years after the original film and the planet has used the technology of the beaten alien invasion to build new defence systems based on the moon to prevent any further attacks but just as the last piece of the equipment is put in place an alien spaceship appears but is promptly shot down by the gun-happy shoot first Earthlings. Only David Levinson thinks that the alien craft was “friendly” and sets off with a small band of moon-based crew [and an African warlord,don’t ask] to find out the truth and discovers that the crashed spacecraft was indeed “friendly” and was trying to warn Earth that the original aliens are heading back to Earth with a bigger and badder spaceship and a queen intent on revenge.Will Levinson and pals be able to stop the new invasion before the queen colonises the planet and destroys mankind?
This film is a lot different in style and substance to the beloved original, it has all the main characters [apart from one] from the first film in it but it lacks the bravado and daring-do of the first film. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad film, it has some spectacular battle scenes and some great quips from Goldblum and Brent Spiner reprising his role from the first film after being in a coma for 20 years but the story is a long way removed from the first film and the “friendly” alien is just a rather large white billiard ball and reminded me so much of Mork and Mindy that I really was expecting the late, great Robin Williams to jump out of it and shout “nanoo nanoo” at any given moment..
over-all it is an enjoyable 2 hour space-action escapism and should not be taken too seriously but just enjoyed for what it is,it does exactly what it says on the tin..
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