We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. (official synopsis via Coming Soon)
Yep, they’re back again.
We downloaded a pesky computer virus into their mothership, blew them and their invading forces to kingdom come way back in 1996 – thank you Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith and poor anti-virus protection – and yet here are the aliens again, wanting a sweet slice o’ Earth.
You can pretty much guess the response right? Hell to the No!
OK maybe not quite that street but that’s pretty much the spirit of the response although this time around – SPOILER ALERT! – we’ll be without Will Smith’s Col. Steven Hillier who was felled by some malfunctioning alien tech back in 2007 as humanity raced to incorporate our former invaders’ hardware into our own, the better to protect our pretty blue planet with.
But as the new trailer reveals, which makes good use of the rousing speech from the original film, delivered by the then-President of the USA played by Bill Pullman (who returns along with Jeff Goldblum and director Roland Emmerich), that tech, malfunctioning or no, won’t be quite enough this time around.
Dammit! After we paid for the extended warranty and everything!
While you can pretty much guess how a blockbuster sequel of this magnitude is going to turn out – the Earth being laid to waste would not a crowd-pleasing tentpole flick make – it still looks like it will be a lot of fun (well as much fun as an invading alien army is really) and as dramatic as a blockbuster of this ilk can be.
We’ll find out just why they’re back, in an even bigger ship no less, observes Jeff Goldblum’s character, now the head of Earth’s defense efforts, on 24 June 2016.