THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (2016)










#90 on the countdown belongs to Independence Day: Resurgence. If you're a fan of the first one, this is a huge letdown. Yes, the aliens come back to attack us again and yes , many from the first film (Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Vivica A. Fox and Jeff Goldblum) are back. But there's something missing. The effects are good but we saw the biggest and best scenes in the trailer. 20 years after the 1996 war, Goldblum is now in charge of earth's defenses, Pullman is a slightl...y crazy ex-President and Spiner wakes up from the coma he's been in for the last 20 years. Fox is barely in this, more like a cameo. They're all fine but ID:R is just underwhelming. Liam Hemsworth seems to be the lead but he and Jessie Usher's scenes look like this is more of a sequel to Top Gun. Jessie is the son of Will Smith's character (and BOY does this movie miss Will Smith's charisma) and has little to do here. There are a lot of bits recreated from the first film, making this sequel look like an inferior remake of the first. Judd Hirsch as Goldblum's extreme Jewish stereotype father turns up at Area 51 with a busload of school kids in a really ludicrous subplot and Sela Ward is the country's first female President. As a huge fan of the first one, this one is sorely disappointing, nothing special and I kinda wish they had never made it. I suspect the third film in the series that is set up at the end will never come to be. And that's OK.

BTW there is a very quick Robert Loggia cameo - blink and you will miss it. RIP, Robert, you are missed.

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