INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE TV Spot Brings the Destruction (Video)
Following in the steps of its predecessor, Independence Day: Resurgence debuted a tease during the Super Bowl – and unlike its predecessor, this time the action is even bigger! It took 20th Century Fox and director Roland Emmerich twenty years to bring forth the sequel to Independence Day, the highest grossing film of 1996, but the aliens are back and, from the look of things, they’re pretty pissed off. (Wouldn’t you be, if you lost a war against beings you thought were beneath you? Earth: one, space jerks: zero).
Reprising their twenty year old roles are Independence Day originals Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch, and Vivica A. Fox, joined by series newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher, Sela Ward, and Joey King. Will Smith – whose role of Steven Hiller helped propel him to international stardom twenty years ago – declined to return, resulting in his character perishing while test piloting a piece of alien technology.
“What, uh, goes up, uh, must, uh, come down,” says Goldblum’s David Levinson, who thankfully does return as the world has undergone a severe drought of Goldblum appearing in things other than Apartment.com commercials. Calling the TV spot glorified destruction porn would be fair, but the CGI is impressive and Independence Day was never more than a well made, engaging sci-fi action flick that saw the President rallying the United States against an army of aliens. If Independence Day: Resurgence delivers solid action and destruction on a major level – and from this Super Bowl TV spot, that appears to be the case – it will make for an entertaining time at the movies.
Though the disaster film took off in 1970s, the 1990s solidified the genre: Independence Day, Volcano, Twister, Armageddon, Deep Impact, Dante’s Peak, Titanic – in the ’90s, we couldn’t get enough of “the sky is falling, kiss your ass goodbye” cinema. If a sequel to a two decades old film ignites a resurgence in the disaster film, who can complain? Independence Day: Resurgence is welcomed to Earth on June 24th.