Monday, 4 July 2016

Film Review: "Independence Day: Resurgence" (2016).




"We always knew they'd come back"
, so get ready for another round of alien invasion destruction in Independence Day: Resurgence. This disaster science fiction-action film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods and James Vanderbilt. It is the sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Soon after the success of the first film, 20th Century Fox paid Devlin a large sum of money to write a script for a sequel. However, after completing the script, Devlin didn't turn in the script and instead gave the money back to the studio, as he felt the story didn't live up to the first film. It was only with the advancement of visual effects during the production of Emmerich 2009 film 2012, that Emmerich to wonder what could do if he were to make another Independence Day with the technology available to him. So Emmerich met up with Devlin to try again, having felt that they had "cracked" a story for a sequel when approached with an idea by co-writers Wright and Woods. The project was officially green lit by Fox on 27th November 2014. By June 2015, the original cast members, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Vivica A. Fox, were confirmed to reprise their roles. With the exception of Will Smith. Smith was supposed to reprise the role of Captain Steven Hiller, but Fox refused to meet his request for a $50 million salary for two sequels. Emmerich said in June 2013 that "Smith cannot come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name..."  The movie was given a $200,000,000 budget, $125,000,000 more than its predecessor, which had a $75,000,000 budget. Filming began on April 20, 2015, and wrapped on August 22, 2015. Reshoots took place in early 2016. Locations included Nevada, England, Dubai, Singapore, New Mexico, Utah and India.

The film stars an ensemble cast that features Goldblum, Pullman, Hirsch, Spiner and Fox, as well as Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Angelababy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Ng Chin Han. The old cast brought their charm and appeal that they had in the original, whilst the new cast brought their unique flavours into the mix. Making a surprisingly remarkable combination of the new and the old.

Like its predecessor, the plot is weak and the character development is lacking, but it lives up to its thrilling spectacle-filled summer original's name, Independence Day: Resurgence delivers. Though merely a pale imitation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Emmerich did an excellent job of conveying both the human world and the extraterrestrial world whilst making them unique and completely convincing.

Simon says Independence Day: Resurgence receives:


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