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INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, William Fitchner and Maika Monroe

Genre: Action, Sci-fi.

Rating: PG 13

Runtime: 119 minutes

Twenty years after the Earth was invaded by a hostile alien race the nations of the world have collaborated in a defense program to protect and defend the planet using alien technology.

The world was treated to a spectacle in 1996 with the release of the first Independence Day, a movie that redefined a genre. It is hard to imagine anything topping the performances by Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, the epic destruction of monuments and world landmarks, or even Bill Pullman's iconic speech as the Earth's forces launched their final, desperate attack.

In almost predictable fashion the sequel falls short of expectations. But don't write it off just yet, it does offer some thrills that will have hearts racing and beautiful cinematography that makes up for the somewhat lacklustre story.

In its opening weekend at the North American Box Office, the film fell short of the original's earnings in 1996, making just a little over $41.6 million compared to the first film's $50.2 million. Globally, it netted $143.6 million in its opening weekend.

Statistics aside, the film manages to do what a sequel is intended for: provides an extension on a loved story, and attempts to give the audience some form of closure regarding past events and characters. For fans of the original, Will Smith's absence is a blow, but the film manages to engage without being too tedious.

While it does suffer from all the trappings of an overly used recipe – predictability being just one of those – it manages to entertain. A massively visually impressive offering, perhaps lacking in emotional appeal, and is now showing at New Capitol Cinemas Riverwalk, Masa and Game City.

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