Last Saturday, my wife Alex and I went to see Roland EmmerichâsÂ Independence Day: Resurgence in English at Cineplex in GrĂŒnau. I have to say, contrary to all the negative reviews you may have read, we actually had a really good time! By the way, while I wonât give away too much of the story, there are obviously some mild spoilers ahead.
So, whatâs it all about? After having defeated the aliens in 1996, united humanity has learned to use alien technology to defy gravity and to travel at exceedingly high speeds.
As you may have guessed from the posters, the aliens are headed back to earth looking even scarier, and having an even bigger spaceship.
Once again it is up to human ingenuity (and a lot of large bombs) to find a way to defeat those alien bastards.
The best thing about this movie is that itâs a lot like its predecessor. Most of the original cast reappears in one form or another (including characters who most certainly died in 1996, but that doesnât matter), and you will find the storyâŠ slightlyâŠ familiar.
If you loved ID4, chances are youâll enjoy Resurgence.
Do you remember the eerie interior of the alien mothership? This time youâll get to see one from close up. There are also closeups of handgun fights between humans and aliens. And of Africans being particularly good at killing them. With machetes.
But anyway, this movie is funny. And that is mainly due to Jeff Goldblum, who reprises his role as David Levinson, the genius cable TV technician who saved the planet in 1996. In some scenes he actually makes fun of the dĂ©jĂ vu feeling that the entire film carries, saying things like, âHmmâŠ itâs definitely bigger than the last oneâ (in reference to the spaceship).
Admittedly, there are a few things you just have to ignore to make the film enjoyable. While humanity is depicted being as united as never before, it is America that appears to roll the dice. In two scenes, it is the American president who makes the calls on the worldâs decisions. In one of them, the other world leaders are not even consulted.
Yep, there are also pretty bad stereotypes about Africans. For the scenes set in Africa, a country setting is not even defined, and the location is just stated as âCentral Africaâ. Fine, this may be a smidge better than âsomewhere in the jungleâ, but the alien skulls pierced on spears make explicitly neo-colonial descriptions unnecessary.
And please donât try to reconcile the mythologies of ID4 and ID4: Resurgence. It is perfectly fine that the first movie claimed that the aliensâ âentire civilisationâ travels from planet to planet and that they now, after having been wiped out, mysteriously return to earth.
And you just canât blame Hollywood for mixing up the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
And also donât be upset if you notice that one central character from ID4 has just disappearedâŠ without as much as a mention (and no, itâs not Will Smith).
And, argh, never mind. I donât want to ruin what was meant to be a positive review!
If you want to have a fun night, with lots to complain about afterwards, but still having the feeling that the movie was pretty cool, go and watch ID4: Resurgence. You can next watch it in English at Cinestar on Wednesday (20/07) at 20.00.