Upcoming Films – Independence Day: Resurgence

This summer promises to be quite a bumper occasion for fans of big action blockbusters, with the likes of Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek Beyond, Batman vs Superman (which is actually out very soon), Suicide Squad, and Independence Day: Resurgence.


Of all these films, it’s Resurgence I am most intrigued by right now. I am a big fan of the original film (yes, it’s cheesy in places, but what are we to expect from an American-made film called Independence Day?), but it was a fantastic, epic action film, and not unintelligent either. Of course, there are points where you have to stretch reality a little, but this is a film about an alien invasion – so some artistic licence is permitted, I would say.


The new film is due out twenty years after the first, and appropriately enough, is set twenty years later. The trailer hasn’t given too much away, beyond the obvious (the aliens are back, and they’re angry), but the film’s official website, www.warof1996.com, has created a ‘history’ of events between the films, including an explanation as to Will Smith’s absence (his character is killed during a test flight), and the particularly interesting idea that some of the aliens survived the destruction of their fleet and holed up in central Africa (the Congo, to be precise) for a time.

This is the point where I grow a little concerned. NATO offered to help Congo deal with those pesky aliens, and yet their government refused help. If I were in charge of NATO, I’d get involved anyway, because the aliens have made their murderous intent known and cannot be permitted to gain any kind of foothold on earth.

I may be foreseeing a plot hole when there isn’t one. The details on the film are sketchy and getting worried about it is a bit silly. I just hope they have a reasonable answer for it when the film finally rolls around.

I’m sure the film will be good!


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    The Young Overviewer — March 25, 2016 at 4:16 am

    I’m pretty excited to see this. However, not to nit-pick on small things, but I have already noticed one plot-hole. In the first movie, we learned that the aliens’ entire civilization was traveling with them on that ginormous mothership of theirs. So when we blew it up, along with all those other city-sized saucers, you would think we destroyed their entire civilization? Now they’re suddenly back? Hopefully they’ll address this in the movie when it comes out but like I said, that’s just me looking at small details.

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      DarthTimon — March 25, 2016 at 8:23 am

      I think the original mothership may have been some kind of vanguard, moving in to secure the planet ahead of the rest of them. It was never explained in the original whether we were looking at their entire population – number 2 answers that question in spectacular fashion!

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    B.G. — June 1, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I’m pretty excited about this movie coming out as well since I LOVED the first one! I am kinda bummed though that Will Smith won’t be in it since he was great and is one of my favorite actors. From the trailer it also seemed really dark, so I guess we’ll just have to see!

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      DarthTimon — June 2, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Yeah, the first film is high on my list of favourites too! I’m hoping we’ll see more of the aliens and from the looks of the trailer, we will, so I’m intrigued by that – I’m also intrigued by the sheer scale of what the aliens are bringing to the fight – something that stretches across the Atlantic???

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