Independence Day: Resurgence Review
Independence Day: Resurgence
24 Jun 2016
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Story for a sequel
Soon after the success of the first film, 20th Century Fox paid Dean Devlin a large sum of money to write a script for a sequel. However, after completing the script, Devlin didn’t turn in the script and instead gave the money back to the studio, as he felt the story didn’t live up to the first film. It was only approximately 15 years later, that Devlin met up with Roland Emmerich to try again, having felt that they had “cracked” a story for a seque
Re-imagining of their earlier Hit
During and prior to the cinema release of this movie, director Roland Emmerich and his longtime collaborator Dean Devlin have been developing a re-imagining of their earlier hit movie Stargate (1994) as a follow-up. They will be partnering with MGM and Warner Bros. and are planning it as the first chapter in a trilogy. After Stargate, Emmerich is attached to direct Independence Day 3.
The character of Dr. Okun, portrayed by Brent Spiner, is based on Jeffrey A. Okun, digital effects supervisor on Roland Emmerich’s and Dean Devlin’s earlier sci-fi hit,Stargate (1994). It is an almost perfect representation of Okun, right down to the hair and mannerisms.
Disturbingly realistic Street View-style images..
According to the Guardian newspaper, “the website promoting the sequel Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) has been criticized for its disturbingly realistic Street View-style images . . . The widely publicized Independence Day: My Street website asks visitors to type in a street address, and then shows pseudo-news footage of an alien bombing attack using Google Street View-style photography.”
Producer and co-writer Dean Devlin said: “The most rewarding part of the project is being on set with these actors again and seeing that they are not just as good as they were then; they’ve gotten even better. When you’re writing the script, you wonder, ‘What’s it going to be like twenty years later?’ Then, our returnees work on this film, and they just light up the screen and our new team shines, as well. It’s the perfect mix.”
Teaser Movie Posters
Many of the teaser movie posters for the film showcase landmarks around the world being destroyed. These include the Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA; the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, the Big Ben clock in London, England; and the Esplanade Theaters on the Bay in Singapore. In the film, and included in at least one trailer, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) says: “They like to get the landmarks.”
Director and co-writer Roland Emmerich said of the choice of the word “resurgence” in the movie’s title: “We call it the War of ’96 in the film [the alien invasion from the originalIndependence Day (1996)]. It’s like a post-World generation that’s unified, and that’s amazing to see a world come together with a common enemy. That’s a resurgence”
Humanity’s utilization of alien technology points to one of the film’s bigger themes. Production Designer Barry Chusid said: “One of the things we are trying to portray was the idea that all the world’s nations are now united against a common enemy. They’ve done it once before; they will do it again. Moreover, there’s no longer a divide between civilians and military, and between countries. We will use whatever we can get our hands on to fight the aliens.”
According to Jeff Goldblum
Actor Jeff Goldblum reprises his starring role from Independence Day (1996) as scientist and world savior David Levinson. Goldblum said: “This one is so much bigger than ID4 [Independence Day (1996)] but the film’s spirit of fun, wonder and delight is just as important.” Goldblum loved further exploring the character’s many nuances. Goldblum added: “David Levinson is complex. He’s a wildly romantic person with an abiding love for the planet and for all living things. Most of all, he’s humble and curious. So all these things come into play as he receives jaw-dropping, life-changing, species-changing information about where we are and who else is out there and what could happen to us.” Goldblum further notes that while the alien invaders have more advanced weaponry and vehicles than humans, they lack a fundamental trait that could mean hope for the brave men and women taking the fight to them. He adds: “The aliens are advanced militarily, but in some ways they reflect some of our own smallest stupidities. They have a disregard for a living planet’s inherent beauty, and a need to exploit resources at the planet’s expense. That could be their undoing, as it could be ours in our real, non-movie world.”
“Welcome Back Aliens”
The “Welcome Back Aliens” website, an official promotional site for the film, asks the question, “How does one properly greet a returning alien invasion?”. Their answer is: “Welcome them back with a fist to the face.” The webpage offers people to “select an alien . . . to get started”.
According to Barry Chusid
Under Roland Emmerich’s direction and vision, production designer Barry Chusidapproached the design of Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) as a stand-alone film, and not as a sequel. Chusid notes: “Roland loves sci-fi, as do I, and one of the best things about working with him is he will push the boundaries of what the shot can be. The scope is so vast that it’s not fathomable. When you’re trying to quantify things, you’re tasked with making them plausibly live in the world that now has issues with light, darkness and gravity.” Chusid said that he particularly embraced the alien-human hybrid designs. He added: “Early on, we had the idea that humans had harvested the technology from the downed alien destroyer ships. Humans can understand some, but not all of it, which they’ve used to help them in the coming alien invasion. Whether humans are building a jet or a tug or weaponry, like a cannon or just a rifle, they can use that alien technology and it’s like a spice . . . it just makes everything better.”
Mixing grandeur and fun
Director Roland Emmerich is a master at mixing grandeur and fun. Production DesignerBarry Chusid said: “Roland thinks big. When you dream up something big, he would think of something even bigger. He’s always pushing boundaries of scale and scope” and “Roland is one of the bolder directors I’ve ever worked with. He allows you to take chances that you might not take and sometimes you end up dangling over the cliff but most often you end up on a wondrous road that you never even imagined.”
RT/Meta Critic Review
As spectacular as you’d hope from a sequel to the 1996 planet-toaster, and as amusingly cheesy. You’ll enjoy yourself enough that you won’t even miss Will Smith.(Click here to see)