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What Independence Day: Resurgence Means to Nerds, A Trailer Analysis

15 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Yes, the first Independence Day (ID4) is essentially a cheesy popcorn film extolling the virtues of what defines the American holiday. When looking at it in a broader perspective, it’s a story about bringing hope for the planet Earth. When aliens are out to pillage it for the resources and to exterminate the human race, humanity must gather to fight it. Enter Will Smith. He made this first movie a fun watch.

In Independence Day: Resurgence (ID42), he’s nowhere to be found. The story takes place 20 years later, and the explanation comes by way of a slickly made website, Warof1996.com, giving all the back story that’s needed before audiences flock to theatres to see what’s to happen next. I wonder when this trailer hits theatres, if this site will be well advertised?

A big deal fans of ID4 will ask is where is Smith’s character? The website reports:

While test piloting the ESD’s first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Col. Hiller. Hiller’s valor in the War of ‘96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy’s defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and son Dylan.

Thankfully, stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, and Brent Spiner are back. Dylan will appear as a young man (now played by Jessie Usher) but his role is still to be determined. The trailer suggests he’s military at least.

Producer / director Roland Emmerich says this movie is a “reboot” of the franchise. If this new film does well, my hope is for spin-off products to emerge to fill out the back story in new ways. I’d love to see IDW Publishing print comic books, a video game company like Electronic Arts to create new flight simulators to recreate some of the epic air battles (or for Star Wars: Battlefront fans, combat scenarios) and maybe Palladium Books produce RPG material so fans can partake in reclaiming the Earth or taking on the next invasion!

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