It is officially the summer season of blockbuster films, so bring on the campy, idiot-proof films that serve only to make blockbuster box-office money! One of the films this season is Independence Day: Resurgence, directed by returning director, the master of world destruction films, Roland Emmerich (2012, The Day After Tomorrow). A sequel to 1996’s classic sci-fi film, Independence Day, Emmerich attempts to resurrect the alien invasion genre by delivering bigger aliens, more world destruction, and more campy good fun.
The plot is simple, and that is important in a summer movie. No one goes to the theatres in the summer to watch a draggy drama. Audiences just want more deaths, more explosions, and more explosions. In this new film, the world celebrates its 20th year of peace after the War of 1996, the first film’s premise, only to realise that the threat is not over. In fact, the danger is only getting bigger, literally. With a new space ship of the size of the entire Pacific Ocean, the only thing standing between the aliens and mankind’s extinction is a great speech by the President of USA.
There are traces of typical alien/disaster film antics: the discovery of threat, the initial world destruction, the main villain reveal, the last-minute rescue, the sacrificed hero. Oh, and the great speech before the battle too. Let’s face it. Independence Day: Resurgence is not eyeing for an Oscar, so despite its cliched plot and senseless storytelling, it still proves to be a lot of fun. In fact, I think most of the audience would probably have guessed the ending even before buying the ticket. Despite that, this film would definitely earn big bucks in the box office.
Along with returning director Emmerich, many of the actors from the first film returns for this sequel, including Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. Joining the franchise for the first time, are rising actors like Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games franchise), Maika Monroe (It Follows), Jessie Usher, and Chinese actress Angelababy.
Overall, this film is all in good fun. Truth be told, it is kind of nice to see normal humans fighting against aliens for a change. In the age of superhero films, it is refreshing to sit back and enjoy some humans get killed senselessly. While this film would not win an Oscar for storytelling, it is definitely a blockbuster to enjoy this summer season.