Movie Monday : Independence Day: Resurgence

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If you know me, you know I love blow-up-stuff movies. So it was with great excitement I went to see Independence Day: Resurgence.

Twenty years after the first invasion by aliens, the world is united against a common enemy. There’s outposts on the moon, Mars and Rhea (a moon of Saturn) and a planetary defence system. We check in with characters from the first movie: former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) who is haunted by the events of 20 years ago, and having nightmares about aliens and spherical shape; Dr Okun (Brett Spiner) is still in a coma after being attacked; David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) has been called to Africa to investigate an alien craft that is suddenly active; Julius Levinson (Judd Hirsch) is eeking out a living attempting to sell his book about the events of the attack; Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox), the girlfriend of Steven Hiller (Will Smith), is no longer an exotic dancer, she’s now a hospital administrator. We also meet the new generation: Patty Whitmore (Maika Monroe) the former First Daughter and now working for the current president; Dylan Dubrow-Hiller, (Jessie Usher) step-son of Steven Hiller and a pilot himself; and Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) another pilot who, in an attempt to be the best, stuffed up and is relegated to work on the moon. He’s also the fiance of Patty and the rival of Dylan. Anyone say tension?

So, 20 years after the first victory, guess what? The aliens are back. And it requires a new lot of ideas to defeat them.

I won’t go in to the plot, because let’s be honest, there isn’t really much of one. But what it does have is amazing scenes and action, loads of nods to the first one, and an excellent anchoring performance by Liam Hemsworth. Who knew he could act?

Is it a great movie? No. Is it a good movie? No. But is it an entertaining enough way to spend a few hours? Sure. As long as you don’t expect too much from it. I loved the moon set, the conflict between Dylan and Jake, and the idea of a global defence. I didn’t love the way they wasted Judd Hirsch, the way they casually killed off several female characters (whether literally or figuratively, hello Angelababy) or the ignoring of some bits of science to make sense of other bits of science.

Best Bit: Jeff Goldblum (as always)

Worst Bit: Dylan’s “GO-GET-‘EM” speech, ugh, nearly fell asleep it was so not inspiring

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