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Independence Day: Resurgence, Director Rolland Emmerich goes back to the well of interstellar invasion

Updated on July 4, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence

We always knew they'd come back.
We always knew they'd come back. | Source

Credits

Independence Day: Resurgence: Rated PG-13“ (2 hours)

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

20 Years after the Day Before

So, it has been 20 years since we were first invaded by a war-like race of savage ETs bent on decimating and overtaking the Earth. Needless to say, in those intervening two decades we’ve managed to do the unprecedented. The entire planet has given up all nation boundaries, and has worked together as one people in order to ensure that if the aliens ever return that we’d be able to stave them off. To this end the peoples of Earth have managed to meld Alien and Earth technology together, creating new weapons and flying machines that (hopefully) will allow them to successfully Earth, should the aliens return.

Independence Day (Single Disc Widescreen Edition)

Independence Day (Single Disc Widescreen Edition)
Independence Day (Single Disc Widescreen Edition)

One of the biggest box office hits of all time delivers the ultimate encounter when mysterious and powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion against the human race. The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear in Earth's skies. But wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. Now the world's only hope lies with a determinded band of survivors, uniting for one last strike against the invaders - before it's the end of all mankind.

 

Redux

And, well, return they do.

Independence Day: Resurgence | Official Trailer 2 [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Forward into the Present

Of course, they just happen to return exactly 20 years later — on (you guessed it) — the 4th of July (Hey, the very weekend the movie is being released, how convenient!), but that’s not important right now.

They're Putting the Band Back Together

Hail, hail, the gang's all here!
Hail, hail, the gang's all here! | Source

A new Assault on Earth

So now, utilizing the recombined alien/Earth tech, the nations of the world have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet, including a moon base, a ring of armed, killer satellites encircling the Earth, and a pair of massive energy cannons (one on the moon and one on Earth at Area 51), as well as a fleet of fighter crafts and as well as an armory full of pulse weapons. However, as the denizens of Earth are soon to learn (much to their dismay) nothing can truly prepare them for the unparalleled aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force.

Here come the good guys!

tell it to the marines, or the air force, whatever.
tell it to the marines, or the air force, whatever. | Source

The Invaders Return

So with the imminent return of the invaders, most of the original players are back (former) President Whitmore (Pullman), the President’s adult daughter, Patricia (this time played by Maika Monroe) David Levinson (Goldblum), his dad (Hirsch), Dr. Okun (Spiner), and others, including Captain Steven Hiller’s former fiancé and now widow, Jasmine (Fox), and step-son Dylan (now played by Jessie T. Usher). New to the cast is Jake Morrison (Hemsworth). It is explained that the Captain died during a training mission (in order to describe Will Smith’s notable absence from the film, Needless to say, Smith had a slightly different reason from Director Emmerich as to why he wasn’t in the film). For his own part, Emmerich claims that he needed the cinematography to catch up with his concept for the story he had in mind for the sequel, which is why it to 20 years to pull it together.

That's Bigger than the Last One!

The Men on the Moon
The Men on the Moon | Source

Down to the Earth

Well, as it turns out, the first new contact is with an orb that appears near the moon base. Believing it to be the first of a new wave of invaders, the Earth forces take it out, against the objections of Dr. Levinson, who insists that as it doesn’t look like the original invaders, that it may very well be an entirely different race of extra-terrestrials. Well, gun-shy as we Earthers are, we take the shot. Needless to say, any intel on the orb will have to wait as a city-ship the size of the entire Atlantic Ocean crests over the moon on its way to the Earth. Now, once again, the combined forces of Earth much rise to defeat the alien invaders

The Invasion Has Begun!

Here they come!
Here they come! | Source

20 Years to Earth

Okay, now here’s the thing, sure the sequel took 20 years to get to the screen, and perhaps there were legitimate reasons for it all (like a workable script, and — logically — it would take a number of years for an invading army of off-Earthers to travel the distance between stars to make the return journey to Earth. Still, the plot of the film works well enough and while all of the set pieces come off without a hitch, we still can’t help but to feel that something is missing (and we don’t just mean Deadshot…er, Smith). Everything seemed to flow together far too easily (yeah, yeah much of Europe and the East Coast of the U.S. got trashed pretty good, and the military base at Area 51 got knocked around pretty good but (no surprises) we came out pretty well).

Independence Day - Official® Trailer 1 [HD]

What Comes Next?

No, this film has all the earmarks of the middle story of a trilogy. Which is to say that its sole purpose is to set up the next story in the series (and the purpose of the third story is either to round out the saga, or to push it out into a longer-form series. Given that this is Hollywoodland, we can only imagine that the money men are looking for the bigger payoff of all they can eat. As to whether or not they can pull it off, we, you will simply need to go to see the film for yourselves to make that determination, the itself does a fairly good job hinting that0020— at the very least — it would certainly like for there to be a “something next.” Still, all of that depends on box office grosses, Studio backing, and the desire of Emmerich to keep the ball rolling. In the meantime, it is really a fun, fairly brainless box-office popcorn flick, so sit, back, relax, check your brain at the door and welcome to summer.

The First Invasion

Here is where it all Began
Here is where it all Began | Source

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      Robert J Sodaro 14 months ago from CT, USA

      I'm thinking that a) the waited too long for the sequel, and b) no Will Smith.

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      Cedric Yong 14 months ago from Singapore

      Like Part 1, there were a number of things that didn't make sense to me. However, I still enjoyed this much. Wonder why it suffered relatively low ratings with some critics.