America isn’t the same anymore. In my own considerably short lifetime I’ve seen the sentiment towards the superpower go from supportive to largely vocally critical.
In 1996 most people still considered U.S. to be the flag bearer for democracy and a leader in the free world. I sure did. What did I know, I was only sixteen!
Swallowing the idea of an earnest president leading a ragtag group of survivors against an alien invasion wasn’t difficult. Packaged as harmless summer entertainment made it even easier.
Say what you will 1996’s “Independence Day” was a thoroughly enjoyable ride. Will Smith became a worldwide box-office superstar and director Roland Emmerich went on to destroy many more landmarks.
Will audiences today still rally behind a similar scenario? Having a key cast member not return (Will Smith) and a cast consisting of mainly Caucasian actors doesn’t stir much confidence in the sequel to “Independence Day”.
Watch the title treatment for Independence Day: Resurgence on alcaTsar blog
None of it will really matter though. Audiences, subject to the right marketing, will turn out in droves for some nostalgia ala “Jurassic World”. And who doesn’t want to see even more landmarks be blown to smithereens?
“Independence Day: Resurgence” opens in Singapore on 23 June 2016. A release date for “Independence Day: Resurgence” in Malaysia is unavailable at time of printing.
Independence Day: Resurgence Cast & Crew:
Director: Roland Emmerich
Screenplay: Carter Blanchard, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, James A. Woods, Nicolas Wright
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Angelababy, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, Jessie Usher and Liam Hemsworth
Independence Day: Resurgence Malaysia & Singapore:
Independence Day: Resurgence Malaysia Release Date: Release date unavailable at time of publishing
Independence Day: Resurgence Singapore Release Date: 23 June 2016
Independence Day: Resurgence U.S. Release Date: 24 June 2016