Twenty years on from 1996’s Independence Day, aliens have returned to earth and are hellbent on total conquest (as before).
In the meantime, an Earth defense force has used material recovered from the first invasion to construct their own advanced technology. How advanced? Not enough. It’ll take something special to save the world now…
Liam Hemsworth of The Hunger Games and The Expendables 2 takes the lead as top pilot Jake Morrison, who’ll no doubt prove critical to the earth’s chances of repelling this alien army.
Though the first film’s figurehead, Will Smith, isn’t in it, there are plenty other connections to ID1. His character’s wife, Jasmine Dubrow, is again played by Vivica A. Fox and his stepson, played by Jessie Usher (Survivor’s Remorse), is now a pilot and officer in the Earth Space Defense force.
Jeff Goldblum returns as David Levinson, the scientist with a key role in the film’s earth-saving exploits. No longer an undiscovered genius, he’s now in charge of the ESD.
Also recruited to the ESD are several new faces to the franchise, including Chinese actress and singer Angelababy (Tai Chi Hero) and French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia). Sela Ward of House is another new character, playing the incumbent US president.
That means Bill Pullman is now ex-US President Thomas Whitmore, called upon for his expertise and leadership when the alien threat returns. Mary McDonnell continues as Whitmore’s wife, Marilyn, while their daughter has grown up, and is now played by Maika Monroe (It Follows).
Disaster movie expert Roland Emmerich takes the helm, as he did for ID1. Though hardly a critics’ darling, his penchant for large-scale spectacle – as seen in The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, 1998’s Godzilla, and White House Down – means that he’s brought in over US$1bil (RM4.1bil) at the US box office, US$306mil (RM1.25bil) of which came from the first Independence Day alone. – AFP Relaxnews