A lot of things have changed since 1996. Kobe Bryant, now retired with 5 championships, was still a fresh-faced rookie back then. Everyone wanted to get their hands on a Nintendo 64 though it could only handle games with a maximum memory of 64MB. People are doing the Running Man and Trumpets Challenge now but back then it was the Macarena that had everyone looking silly. (Buti na lang wala pang camera phone noon) We didn’t have JaDine but we had Bobby Andrews and Angelu De Leon. Marami ka pang pimples nun tsaka ginagaya mo yung buhok ni Wowie de Guzman (Buti na lang talaga wala pang camera phone noon) Tamagotchi was a thing. Seinfeld and Friends were still on TV, and the biggest movie was Independence Day.
And now 20 years later, there’s a sequel coming out called Independence Day: Resurgence. But is it actually worth the wait? Is this a story worth coming back to?
Independence Day: Resurgence is set exactly 20 years after the events of the first movie. We’ve always asked the question of whether we were all alone in the universe. In 1996, we finally got our answer but not in the form that we wanted. Aliens invaded and almost destroyed all human life on Earth. With the fate of mankind at stake, the words “Independence Day” took on a new meaning. It was no longer an American holiday but instead would commemorate the day that humanity fought back to save the planet. The survivors now live in peace and have enjoyed unprecedented advancements in technology. There has not been a major conflict between nations and the world is governed by a council of world leaders. Visibly absent though is the Philippines which is so unfair. Naturingan pang Miss Universe si Pia Wurtzbach kung hindi man lang tayo kasama diyan! So basically this would be what John Lennon was singing about when he wrote the song “Imagine” if only he added a line or two about aliens invading.
(Can you imagine if our own President Duterte was part of that council? “My gahd, I hate aliens. Patayin ko sila lahat!” The aliens wouldn’t stand a chance and the movie would be over in less than an hour.)
7.5/10. The movie aims to entertain and it does. Although the charisma of an actor like Will Smith is missed, it ultimately doesn’t matter because in a movie like Independence Day: Resurgence, what matters is the spectacle that you paid to see onscreen.