Sunday, 21 April 2019

Alien hordes don’t know when to quit

TWENTY years on from the events depicted in 1996 blockbuster Independence Day another apocalyptic crisis is threatening

TWENTY years on from the events depicted in 1996 blockbuster Independence Day another apocalyptic crisis is threatening humanity — and we don’t mean the EU referendum.

Yes, the locust-like alien hordes have returned for round two — and this time they’re extra grumpy.

Director Roland Emmerich certainly has the box office pedigree to pull off a sequel of this magnitude.

As well as the original Independence Day, his contributions to the apocalyptic sci-fi genre include such heavyweight hits as Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012.

Aliens aside, he knows that the most terrifying foe of all is the “seen it all before” indifference of the jaded cinemagoer. Resurgence or no, we always knew these particular aliens were coming back for us. So what can we expect this time around?

After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers a global spectacle on an unimaginable scale.

Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defence programme to protect the planet from future attacks.

But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Emmerich has gathered the gang together once again, with a few reinforcements in the shape of Liam Hemsworth of Hunger Games fame, Maika Monroe (It Follows) and Joey King (Crazy, Stupid Love).

Not to be ignored, the absence of Will Smith this time around makes us question if the A-list star is trying to move on from the science-fiction genre following 2013’s critically panned After Earth — which he subsequently called the most painful failure of his career.

Independence Day: Resurgence has five credited screenwriters, including Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin, the co-writers of the original.

An early hiccup had reportedly seen 20th Century Fox pay Devlin a large advance to write a sequel.

However, having finished the screenplay Devlin did not hand it over to the studio, instead returning the money because he felt the story did not equal that of the original.

Whether it now does so remains to be seen.

The film is now showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse.

Review: Neda Konova

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