Release Date: 19 October 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman
This follow-up to the 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 nothing 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? Independence Day was essentially a disaster movie, but Resurgence is Emmerich’s answer to Aliens – an action-heavy sci-fi sequel with bigger FX and even more characters and creatures, including a giant alien queen. Sci-fi fans are obliged to check out this huge and ridiculously entertaining blockbuster. And everyone else should, too. Go on, you know you want to.