This sequel to the 1996 alien invasion epic doesn’t disappoint, because it delivers exactly what you expect.
A Roland Emmerich film is like a super-sized serving of your favourite junk food, with ample lashings of corn and cheese. It goes down a treat and you feel guilty about how much you enjoyed it.
This follow-up to his 1996 alien invasion epic doesn’t disappoint, because it delivers exactly what you expect. It also satisfies the criteria for a good sequel – repurposing what was great about the first film to serve a new story, and setting up a franchise in the process. And yes, there is a gag involving the White House.
In the decades since the “war of ‘96”, global peace has prevailed and the aliens’ technology used to strengthen Earth’s defences. But all that counts for nought when a 3,000-mile wide mothership answers the original invaders’ distress call and proceeds to suck up entire cities with its own gravity field, dropping them on top of other cities. It’s going to take more than Jeff Goldblum uploading malware to defeat them this time – could a mysterious alien orb be the key to saving the planet?
Most of the first film’s surviving characters are back, sans Will Smith (which is perhaps a good thing). Liam Hemsworth fills the role of hotshot flyboy nicely, while Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner (who somehow survived being choked by a tentacle) pick up where they left off. The now grown-up kids of the Smith and Pullman characters – Jesse T. Usher and Maika Monroe, respectively – also join the fight, but they ultimately fail to register amongst the original gang.
Independence Day was essentially a disaster movie, but Resurgence is Emmerich’s Aliens – an action heavy sci-fi sequel with bigger FX and even more characters and creatures, including a giant pissed-off alien queen.
Sci-fi fans are obliged to check out this huge, ridiculous, and ridiculously entertaining popcorn blockbuster. And everyone else should, too. Go on, you know you want to.
In cinemas: June 23, 2016
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman
Directed by: Roland Emmerich