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Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence

by Lorie Lewis Ham

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Twenty years ago Independence Day hit the big screen, helping to make Will Smith into the star he is today. Independence Day: Resurgence is the sequel set 20 years later in a world where we all live together in peace and everything seems right with the world. They are about to have a world wide celebration of the day they defeated the aliens.

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Unfortunately, everything falls apart when that same alien species returns with the goal again of destroying Earth, and despite thinking that the world is prepared for them this time, they are not. Several original cast members return for this sequel--Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, and a few others, however Will Smith is sadly not among them. I think this "might" have been a slightly better movie if he had been. But we do have many new cast members. Jessie T. Usher plays Will Smith's character's son Dylan Hillar, and he does a good job--I look forward to seeing him in more movies--but he just can't take the place of someone with such a big presence as Will Smith. I very much enjoyed Liam Hemsworth's Hans Solo rebel with a heart type character, Jake Morrison. But honestly the problem here wasn't them, it was the script.

Image source: Twentieth Century Fox

The script had several plot holes, and really didn't give the new characters the opportunity to develop very much at all. However, it was a lot of fun to watch Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, and Brent Spiner reprise their original roles--they were the heart of this movie--that and all the action and special effects. One of the most interesting plot points showed how Americans can get themselves in a bind because they often tend to have the old West mentality of shoot first, ask questions later. That one move ends up costing lives and destruction that may have been avoided.

Negatives aside, this was a fun movie loaded with action, some laughs, and awesome actors, even if they weren't given a lot to work with. If you are looking for a fun movie to go see over the holiday this is a good choice--just try not to analyze it too much!

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Lorie Lewis Ham is KRL's editor-in-chief/publisher. She has published in many venues through the years and has 5 published mystery novels. You can learn more about Lorie's writing on her blog Mysteryrat's Closet.

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