Choppy wave of nos­tal­gia

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

Back in the sum­mer of 1996, I had more than a few ner­vous glances at the sky when­ever I saw any weirdly shaped clouds or strange lights.

The rea­son? My trip to see alien in­va­sion block­buster In­de­pen­dence Day at the cin­ema; make no mis­take about it, the then­ground­break­ing spe­cial ef­fects that laid waste to some of Amer­ica’s most fa­mous land­marks con­vinced me our planet could come un­der at­tack from not-so-lit­tle green men.

Cheesy, overblown and silly it may have been, but In­de­pen­dence Day re­mains one of the most un­abashedly en­ter­tain­ing, fondly remembered sum­mer pop­corn flicks of all time.

A se­quel was of­ten mooted but sur­pris­ingly, es­pe­cially given the mul­ti­tude of fol­low-ups churned out over the last cou­ple of decades, it has taken 20 years for Resur­gence to find its way into mul­ti­plexes.

This time the aliens are back and more dan­ger­ous and deadly than ever as they use even greater tech­nol­ogy to once again try and con­quer Earth.

Among those stand­ing in their way is the re­turn­ing David Levin­son ( Jeff Gold­blum), who heads up mankind’s space de­fences, and pi­lots Jake Mor­ri­son (Liam Hemsworth) and Dy­lan Hiller ( Jessie T. Usher).

Nos­tal­gia is one of cin­ema’s new­est trends and while Resur­gence falls short of the giddy joys and co­her­ent thrills and spills of Juras­sic World, there are enough crowd-pleas­ing mo­ments to keep fans of the orig­i­nal sat­is­fied.

Roland Em­merich is back be­hind the cam­era and any­one who thought the 60-year-old Ger­man may have mel­lowed over time, in terms of his de­sire to see ma­jor cities take a pound­ing, is way off the mark.

It’s not just the United States that come un­der fire this time, with Lon­don and Bei­jing both see­ing bet­ter days – as David says of the aliens, in one of the film’s best lines given away in the trailer, “They like to get the land­marks!”

Re­mark­ably, five writ­ers – in­clud­ing Em­merich – are cred­ited on the screen­play and they’ve man­aged to cre­ate a story even more bonkers than the orig­i­nal.

Ap­ing their own pre­vi­ous work and about a bil­lion other sci-fi out­ings, the script­ing squad cer­tainly won’t win any prizes for orig­i­nal­ity, and un­suc­cess­fully try to cram in more char­ac­ters than your av­er­age Mar­vel movie.

Gold­blum is as en­dear­ing as ever and Bill Pull­man (Pres­i­dent Whit­more) and Brent Spiner (Dr Okun) make wel­come re­turns.

Not back on board, though, is Will Smith – whose Cap­tain Hiller we’re told per­ished pilot­ing alien tech – and it’s a void cast new­bies Hemsworth, Usher and Maika Mon­roe (Pa­tri­cia) fail to ca­pa­bly fill.

For ev­ery dodgy alien “Queen”, there’s a know­ing quip or a 3000 mile-wide space­ship caus­ing havoc as Resur­gence rarely de­scends into dull­ness.

To once again quote Gold­blum, it’s “def­i­nitely big­ger than the last one” – but unlikely to stand the test of time like its pre­de­ces­sor.

Out of this world Gold­blum and Hemsworth fight back

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