Film Reviews
Independence Day: Resurgence (Rated: 12A)

Love Bridgnorth’s film reviewer Charlie Pugh gives us his take on the long awaited Independence Day: Resurgence. Now showing at Bridgnorth’s Majestic Cinema on weekdays: 2:50pm, 5:40pm and 8:30pm and at weekends: 12:00pm, 2:50pm, 5:40pm and 8:30pm

In an alternative futuristic 2016, 20 years after the first alien invasion on earth, the world’s governments have banded together and used the crashed alien technology to build a Utopian society. But when an even larger alien army starting reigning down destruction, both old and new heroes must unite in order to stop them for good.

The first Independence Day is notable for breaking new grounds in visual effects and CGI when it was released in 1996, relaunching interest in the disaster genre and being the second highest-grossing film of all time at the time of its release. However unlike Jurassic Park andTerminator 2, which still remain popular today, over time, this film has slowly lost its popularity due to changing attitudes towards patriotism and stereotypes in film. Although the sequel has toned down some of these issues, it still pretty mediocre in terms of narrative due being incredibly unfocused; elements of the first film are mashed together with nods to Aliens and The Dark Knight Rises seen off with an overblown climax.

The representation of the alternate 2016, however, does look interesting; with cities and transportation machines being given polished sci-fi influenced redesigns. And the new alien mothership, which is so large that it literally “covers” a quarter of the earth, looks amazing. The returning faces of Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Bret Spiner and Judd Hirch are also welcome returns; with the latter in particular getting an amusing sub-plot guiding feral kids through the wastelands.

The majority of the new cast is a bit mixed; however some, such as Jesse Usher as the grown-up son of the now-deceased Steven Hiller, giving great performances and others such as Liam Hemsworth’s Jake Morrison coming across as really boring.

Overall, despite some interesting ideas and some cool new visual representations of city destruction, Independence Day: Resurgence is a mediocre follow-up to a flawed yet entertaining 90’s classic.

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