The powers-that-be waited 20 years to take another swing at the big spaceship and battle to save our planet that was super-hit Independence Day.
Hey, in two decades, movie technology has come so far. Director Roland Emmerich had four others take part in shaping his script, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James Vanderbilt and James A. Wood. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch agreed to come back to allow their characters battle the baddies and their even bigger mother of a ship again.
And they all fail. Oh, no, not in saving civilization in the fivesome-crafted ending, which leaves an opening even bigger than the 3,000-mile wide alien ship for a part three. No, this is a collective-sized snoozer of an adventure film.
Could the absence of Will Smith and the charisma of his character from the original put such a bad mojo on the whole thing, no matter that they wrote his son into the story?
The daughter of former President played by Pullman is one of the newbies, as a caretaker for her addled-from-the-previous-skirmish dad and a former military pilot. Other military pilots about, including pivotal rogue played by Liam Hemsworth. That’s a lot of flyers considering that one of the plot points is that all of the people of Earth have been peaceful toward each other since vanquishing the alien threat.
But they’ve been monitoring space and the buggers left behind.
Somehow all of it comes off as dreadfully boring. There’s no connection to the new characters. The old characters seem tired and bored. Everybody seems totally unprepared to live up to the film’s advertising motto of “We’ve had twenty years to prepare. So have they.”
Worst of all, the action scenes look as if they could have been lifted from the cutting floor of the first film as far as action and technology. Yeah, they are that familiar in look and feel.
The full house surrounding my dear wife Karen and I at the new Movie Tavern in Township 5 in the Syracuse suburb of Camillus for a 6:40 p.m. Friday show on opening night made nary a sound of oohs or aahs for the ups and downs of the plot.
Bummer of a pre-holiday-weekend blockbuster wannabe sequel, it was.