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Reel to Real

If it ain’t broke…

Photo Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

Photo Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

Film: Independence Day: Resurgence
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Angelababy, William Fichtner, Sela Ward
Rated: PG-13
Review: 2 bags

Set in present time, 20 years after the epic battle with the slimy creatures who attacked earth the first time, Independence Day: Resurgence looks to set the record straight; earth is not for the taking. Not then and not now.

Will Smith, the hero of the first Independence Day, decided against taking the fight to the aliens this time around. His character was conveniently discarded due to a training exercise gone wrong. That’s right! He survived an alien invasion just to die in a training exercise…not cool.

As for the other original cast members who do make an appearance in Resurgence, I suppose someone had to stay and lead the world in the fight against those nasty alien bugs again.

Bill Pullman, who is now former President Whitmore, is subsequently troubled by nightmares of the first battle. Even though he warns that the aliens are returning, he sees himself as a “crazy old man” who also grows a beard to let us know he’s no longer commander in chief.

By far, the most amusing part of the film is Jeff Goldblum and his witty reading of the lines. David Levinson, who has become the director of the Earth Space Defense points out the obvious by stating, “They like to take out the landmarks.” Sadly, Judd Hirsch (who is still alive somehow) also makes the cut for round two versus the aliens. He spends his time throwing in annoying quips and just being the generally meddlesome Jewish father. He wades through the film calling people names like “putz” and “schmuck,” because, of course, he is Jewish after all.

New to the epic alien battle for earth are Liam Hemsworth as Jake Morrison, the requisite cocky pilot who has trouble following orders, much like Will Smith’s character in the first film. Maika Monroe is the president’s daughter. She plays the fearless girlfriend who also happens to conveniently be a jet pilot. Nicholas Wright is Floyd. He’s the cowering Government Nerd who is forced to eventually pick up a weapon and fight alongside the others. Also, for your viewing pleasure the writers have added Dikembe Umbutu (Deobia Oparei) who’s contribution is skillfully disposing of the slimy aliens with his two machetes. Director Roland Emmerich probably didn’t think that one through.

Throughout the movie the overall theme is that the fate of the world is at stake. Unfortunately, this is 2016. We now live in a world where the audience has seen real violence displayed on TV. The absence of blood essentially disconnects them from the emotion of the event and so they don’t believe it. No matter how much CGI you try to replace it with.

This is difficult for me to write. I am a huge fan of the original Independence Day. If it’s on TV, I’m watching; commercials or not. Who doesn’t get weepy eyed during President Whitmore’s famous speech? “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!” I don’t know about you, but all I wanted to do was get into one of those planes and kill me some aliens.  This time, I just wanted to get into a plane and kill this movie.