Resur­gence of name, not ideas

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

IN­DE­PEN­DENCE Day: Resur­gence would surely be the least nec­es­sary and least an­tic­i­pated se­quel of 2016 were it not for the frankly baf­fling re­lease of My Big Fat Greek Wed­ding 2 ear­lier this year.

It has been 20 years since In­de­pen­dence Day burst on to screens with a lot of hype and ground-break­ing spe­cial ef­fects, but his­tory has not been kind to it; the thread­bare plot, twodi­men­sional char­ac­ters, cheesy di­a­logue and unironic Amer­i­can jingo- ism made it B-grade at best rather.

But Hol­ly­wood is all about nos­tal­gia, so the In­de­pen­dence Day brand has been dusted off in the hopes of cre­at­ing a sci-fi fran­chise to com­pete with Star Wars and the plethora of su­per­hero movies from Marvel and DC.

The plot, what there is of it, is un­changed from the orig­i­nal: aliens land (again) on Earth and de­stroy many of its land­marks (again) be­fore a group of plucky Amer­i­cans rise up against them (again).

Resur­gence hits many of the same beats as the orig­i­nal, with many of the same twodi­men­sional char­ac­ters, cheesy di­a­logue, av­er­age quips and even go­ing so far as to repli­cate some of the scenes.

Any time it tries to de­velop char­ac­ters or build re­la­tion­ships, it grinds to a halt.

Resur­gence seems un­sure of what it is – se­quel, re­make or re­boot – ex­cept that it wants to be the start of a new fran­chise.

But if it seemed like an un­nec­es­sary se­quel be­fore, watch­ing it only seems to drive home that point.

Watch the orig­i­nal again in­stead.

Liam Hemsworth stars in In­de­pen­dence Day: Resur­gence.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.