In­de­pen­dence Day: Resur­gence

Bore Of The Worlds

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re­leased 14 Novem­ber (blu-ray/dvd) Out Now! (down­load) 2016 | 12 | 4K blu-ray/blu-ray 3d/ blu-ray/dvd/down­load Di­rec­tor roland em­merich Cast Jeff Gold­blum, liam Hemsworth, Jessie T Usher, maika mon­roe

De­spite the mes­sage sent at the end of 1996’s In­de­pen­dence Day, Roland Em­merich never re­ally in­tended to make a se­quel. Still, here he is, with a whole new CGI toy­box at his fin­ger­tips. But to para­phrase a Jeff Gold­blum char­ac­ter from an­other ’90s out­ing, Resur­gence proves that just be­cause he could it doesn’t mean he should have.

For while the se­quel – set 20 years af­ter the aliens last at­tacked – has one or two fun ideas (like a re­built, united Earth with retro-en­gi­neered alien tech) and the charisma fire­power of Gold­blum and the other ID4 veter­ans, the re­sult is much less than the sum of its parts. Ex­cess re­places emo­tion, and what char­ac­ter work there is coasts on cliché and warm feel­ings for those who first met the ex­tra-ter­res­trial men­ace. The new re­cruits, mean­while, are never fleshed-out be­yond their ba­sic tropes – in­clud­ing Liam Hemsworth’s trou­bled hero and Maika Mon­roe’s driven Pres­i­dent’s daugh­ter.

Rais­ing the stakes is one thing, but Em­merich has swapped the fo­cused dam­age of the last film for set­pieces that have more vol­ume and a lot less weight. And while there are some stabs at sug­gest­ing a wider scope of con­flict and other alien races, it feels less au­then­tic to the story and more like he’s been en­cour­aged to fill the cor­ners in with fran­chise op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Cin­e­matic Uni­verse-ob­sessed world we now in­habit.

Ex­tras Di­rec­tor’s com­men­tary on the movie and eight deleted scenes (nine min­utes); a 53-minute Mak­ing Of (only avail­able digitally with the Blu-ray); a short faux doc about the 1996 war; a fake lo­cal news in­ter­view; a gag reel; con­cept art; trail­ers. James White

Jeff Gold­blum brought the play Death Of A Sales­man to set, and would have his cast mates read it be­tween takes.

The “which break­fast ce­real is best” dis­cus­sion con­tin­ued.

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