Holding up on ID4’s scary alien invasion spectacle

Review: Independence Day Resurgence (Sci-Fi/ Thriller)

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Vivica Fox, Brent Spiner, Mika Monroe

Director: Roland Emrerich 

Will Smith could have done a lot for Independence Day Resurgence, the big budgeted Hollywood sequel to the original and blockbuster alien invasion sc-fi movie. But, to my rounded expectation’s low teasing, this sequel did held up its chin up – and without losing much balance of the original invasion alien nation theme. Smith could have lorded with his loud “until the fat lady” antics, which was fun watching, but so could Jeff Goldblum in his subtl, tickling ways. 

The Fly actor, who is a veteran stage actor, brought the comic curtains up to fan’s delight. Smith’s billing parts, which was too big a lone character, was seggregated to a bunch of young bloods, justly spicing millenial interest. Roland Emmerich, who debut his first Hollywood hit with Smith lording the cinema, was careful reconstructing another alien invasion sequel, and this set twenty years after the firist attack. 

Earth, to Emmerich’s grinning plotting tweaks, fused whatever alien technology it learned to efficiently combat another attack. It brought together the human race for survival, and so did this sequel but subtly enough for film’s memorable anti-alien characters to emerge heroic with and from experience. It limited the alien-human rife to a character cruising few, and from there Emmerich plotted the closest realistic alien to human collision that was reasonably palatable to viewer’s discretion. 

It was a difficult transition, playing discreetly on ID4’s established storyline with new ideas. Star Wars, the new chapter “The Force Awakens”, emerged on a familiar path but little ideas fused for variety. ID2 fished out its strengthening alien storyline exactly from where it left the sequel ending with a moral calling for change, unity. Emmerich edited film with timing emphasis, from the comic punches, romantic remissions, to film’s sweepingly loud but reasonably controlled dog fight scenes. 

It was a bridging viewing experience, from Smith’s loud persona to Goldblum and the rest of cast’s subtly peeling comic personality. It is a welcome production value treatment, and it works dearly to charm audiences with sequel’s endearing earthly issues everyone could passionately relate with substance. 

Emmerich’s soul searching direction, which fairly comic in treatment, should attract comic fans, including the picky millennials curious about looking into what movie blockbusters like Independence Day did to bring people back to theaters. Independence Day: Resurgence charms the old school and young millenial gaming moviegoers, those who have much to contribute to the future of universal sci-fi cinema.


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