TWENTY years after Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum saved the world from an alien invasion, the aliens have only gone done it again. Only this time, Will Smith is dead.
I was five when the first Independence Day film, Independence Day, was released in cinemas, and while I have seen it, I don’t particularly hold it in any high regard nor do I have particularly strong memories of it. Maybe then, I was doomed to be disappointed by this, yet another sequel that nobody asked for…and I was. It’s not offensively bad, it’s just very ‘meh’. Very uninspired, very generic, there are lines of dialogue which feel like they’ve been lifted out of a ‘Screenwriting for dummies’ book – you know how each line is going to end. But what more can you expect from a sequel that nobody wanted?
Although, I did expect more. I don’t know why, really. I thought, maybe, that because of Jeff Goldblum this film would automatically be more interesting and charismatic than a generic end of the world/ apocalypse film. But even the mighty Goldblum couldn’t dig this film out of its rut.
The film is set twenty years after the initial alien attack on earth. Twenty years the earth has had to prepare for another attack and, thanks to alien technology, humans are now able to live in space, travel at great speeds and other non-specific things that aliens can do. It’s not long before we realise that the aliens are in fact returning but with an even bigger spaceship because everything has to be bigger in the sequel. While they do joke about this is in film, it doesn’t make it any less stupid. And there’s a lot of bad jokes in this film. Cheesy one liners that weren’t funny in the 90s, let alone twenty years later. There’s also a lot of people shooting and flying and just screaming. The writing is pretty shocking in parts and the whole plot is very convoluted and unoriginal. Yes, there’s the obligatory, arbitrary count-down until the world is destroyed to add fake tension. There’s also the, let’s kill the big one then the small ones will die or leave us alone, trope. The action isn’t particularly interesting or engaging either and there’s some diabolical green screen.
Liam Hemsworth proves he is not as mighty as his brother in the leading role in what we found to be an all round poor performance by the cast, Goldblum aside. But then again, they’re given such terrible, cringeworthy dialogue it’d be hard to come out looking good.
FORGETTABLE. I was hoping for an enjoyable, if silly, convoluted and cheesy, action film. I came out disappointed, I was just bored the entire way through.