Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Movie Review: Independence Day Resurgence

Blurb: Twenty years after the first invasion, the international community recovers and the United Nations creates the Earth Space Defense (ESD), a united global defense program that serves as Earth's early warning system. The main defense force uses technology salvaged from the remains of the aliens, with military station assembled on the Moon, Mars, and Rhea, while the Area 51 base has become the Space Defense Headquarters.

A spherical ship emerges from a wormhole near the ESD's Moon defense headquarters. David Levinson is convinced that it belongs to a different extraterrestrial race that is benevolent and urges the world's government not to attack but President Elizabeth Lanford gives permission to shoot it down regardless.

Upon the space tug's arrival at Area 51 with the spherical ship, Dr. Brakish Okun wakes up from his twenty-year coma. He proceeds to open the container, which releases a giant white sphere of artificial intelligence. The sphere reveals that it was sent by a party of refugees to help evacuate humanity to a refuge planet from the invading harvesters.

Meanwhile, aliens attack Earth, destroying part of the planet. They have to kill the alien queen to save the planet. 


Comment: First, visual effects are impressive, as well their technology; trips to moon are fast, safe, and don´t need any prior preparation. They studied and used the alien technology; however, their efforts aren´t enough to protect Earth and stop a new invasion. It´s clear that we aren´t prepared to fight those kinds of enemies.

Second, characters, who had a contact with the aliens in the first movie, start to demonstrate a different behavior, a sort of “premonition”. However, nobody pays attention to them. At a first moment, they are ignored; after all, they are old and a little… confused? But then, they have an important role in the fight against the aliens.

Third, it is impossible to imagine that a person, who was in a coma for twenty years, just wakes up with a perfect and healthy mind and body. Come on! It´s too much, even for a fiction movie. Some teenagers rescue Julius Levison and they travel from Washington DC to Area 51 by car at first, but then they use a bus to get there. Considering the traffic jam and the distance, I wonder, how many days they´d spend to get there? Well, in the movie, it seems a short and quick trip.

In addition to that, many things are a little confusing; they talk about many things that don´t make sense. Maybe if I watch movie 1 again, I´ll have a clue about what they´re talking about. Honestly, I haven´t watched Independence Day 1 for a long time. Therefore, if you haven´t gone to the movies yet, watch movie 1 first.

However, I need to mention that humor and playful moments are a plus. Even facing extinction, they don´t lose confidence and humor; they fight until the last minute to save Earth, literary.

I enjoyed the movie and I hope there is Independence Day 3.