Screenplay by: Nicholas Wright, James A. Woods, Dean Devlin, Ronald Emmerich, James Vanderbilt
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, SciFi
The Hook: Independence Day. Curiosity got the better of me and since the first one so enjoyable, I decided to check out this second one. Plus, I was curious to see how they managed without Will Smith ;).
I wasn’t sure what to think when I heard they were making a second Indpendence Day. I really enjoyed the first one and you know how sometimes sequels can kinda spoil the franchise? Well, there was that. As excited I was to see how they’d pull of a second one, I was skeptical to see how they’d pull of a second one.
Summary: This one takes place twenty years after the first and lots of things have happened. Due to Earth’s awareness of aliens, and their technology, the human race has made some impressive advancements, including a space station and sub-stations to protect the Earth from . . . others. Nothing is out of the ordinary, but something starts brewing. People who have had contact with aliens are starting to dream things, a pattern or picture over and over again. And then, out of the blue, an alien object starts heading for Earth’s orbit and of course we react, shooting it from the sky, even though we have no idea what it was. And then, out of the blue–again, another alien object starts appearing, and we’re not so lucky this time. and then . . . . chaos, and the new plot.
I was excited to see this one. I went in with no expectations (and I sorta believe that’s the way you should enter every movie. This way you won’t be so disappointed, you know?). And you know what? It wasn’t all that bad.
First off, I like how the “after” world is perceived in this movie. It takes into account alien technology and how we might incorporate it into the modern world. How knowing about aliens and understanding some of the threat involved would change foreign policy or something like that.
On that note, the story of how “they” come back is a pretty good one. It’s a pretty solid story line and did a pretty good job bringing concepts and perceptions up-to-date. I enjoyed it.
I would like to make a teeny note that while the overall story was enjoyable, I did feel like it missed something. It wasn’t enough to bother me too much, but it was there. Not everyone will feel this way, but I figure I’d toss that out there.
Effects were done beautifully. For a sci-fi-futuristic-fate-of-the-world film, it was nicely done. The action sequences and how it all might play out in real life was pretty awesome, though not as many monuments were destroyed as I had hoped, lol.
I was glad to see most of old crew returning for this film, especially Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson) and Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson). The newbies did a good job as well. Liam Helsworth (Jake Morrison), Maika Monroe (Patricia Whitmore), and Jessie T. Usher (Dillian Hiller) was part of the core cast in this one and they did a good job.
Overall, this was a pretty good movie. It’s hard to say what to add to your library what with all updated ways to watch things, but I would add this one. Mainly to complete the collection, but it is good enough to watch it every so often.