Independence Day Resurgence is awesome!
Sure, it may have been over-hyped but it is still chock full of alien killing action!
It takes place twenty years after the first movie and depicts an alternate reality in which all countries have united and lived in peace ever since the first invasion. There’s also been a lot of cool technological advancements such as flying vehicles and a global defense system based on the moon.
The story is similar to the first movie but this time the aliens mean business. They show up in a mothership so huge that it literally almost covers half of the Earth! Not to mention, all of the technological advancements they were able to achieve over the course of twenty years makes Earth’s global defense system look like an obsolete gaming console. (Atari comes to mind.)
Most of the original cast returns. Will Smith is the most noticeably missing. Apparently, he wanted to be paid way more this time around. The budget didn’t allow for any one actor to be paid the equivalent of a country’s entire net worth. (Rumor?)
Smith’s character, Steve Hiller, is said to be long deceased. Though, the circumstances surrounding his death are never made quite clear. His son/stepson, Dylan, appears to have followed in his footsteps. Dylan Hiller quickly became captain of his own fighting squad.
It’s also great to see so many other familiar faces. Jeff Goldblum returns in fine form as David Levinson – He now has a well paid position with the government as a tech expert / global defense advisor. Judd Hirsch returns as David’s ever eccentric father, Julius Levinson. Bill Pullman returns as former President Thomas Whitmore – for the past twenty years he’s somehow maintained his telepathic link to the alien invaders. Vivica A. Fox returns as former stripper now turned physician Jasmine Dubrow. Even the once thought deceased Dr. Brackish Okun (Brent Spiner) awakens from a twenty year coma and still looks like your stereotypical reclusive genius scientist.
There’s one very interesting plot twist that I refuse to reveal. It would spoil too much of the movie. (Shame on those of you who have already spoiled it!)
Overall, Independence Day Resurgence is an action packed trip down memory lane… with about fifty percent more alien fight scenes.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it a delicious 9 tamales! 😎
The following is a list of five of my favorite movies from my DVD collection. (In no particular order.)
1) American Hustle. Definitely a great story with a great cast! It’s also one of my favorite Jennifer Lawrence movies. She has a real knack for playing crazy multilayered women.
2) Almost Famous. This movie has it all! It’s got an awesome story, an amazing cast, great cinematography, and lots of rock and roll! Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit make a very dynamic onscreen duo.
3) The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This movie is definitely underrated. Not only is the story true to life it’s also very hyper-realistic. By which I mean it’s great at pointing out how awesome life can be if we just allow ourselves to enjoy it. Not to mention, the entire cast is superb and the soundtrack adds to the overall mood of each character.
4) Step Brothers. On his own… Will Ferrell is a comedic giant but when combined with the talents of John C. Reilly new and uncharted peaks of comedy are reached and sustained. This will always be one of my favorites! No matter how many people consider it to be too “lowbrow.”
5) The Dark Knight. Most of the general movie going audience didn’t begin to care about the Batman movie franchise until the premiere of The Dark Knight. Not only did Christian Bale make an excellent Bruce Wayne/Batman — Heath Ledger as Joker was/is a force to be reckoned with. To this day, his performance is still talked about by DC Comics fans worldwide!
These are just five favorites from my DVD collection. I have many more favorites that I’ll write about at a later date.
What are some of your favorite movies?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is awesome as Philippe Petit, a high-wire artist who stares death in the face with every step.
With help from his team, Petit devises a plan to walk on a tightrope attached to the north and south towers of the World Trade Center.
He attempts the seemingly impossible stunt on August 7, 1974.
This movie was a lot better than I expected it to be. The special effects are quite seemless and the entire cast is great.
I give it 8 out of 10 tamales! 😎
X-Men Apocalypse is so incredibly awesome! It has an excellent balance of action and drama. It’s way better than stinky ol’ Captain America Civil War!
Apocalypse is a centuries old mutant with immense power. He’s also supposed to be one of the first, if not the first, ever known mutants. He awakens from a very long slumber and finds himself in the year 1983.
Disgusted with the state of society, he begins recruiting other mutants to become his “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” in order to “cleanse” the planet and start anew. Naturally, his horsemen include: Magneto, Psylocke, Storm and Angel.
I won’t give away too much but I’m pretty sure it’s easy to deduce that the X-Men eventually destroy Apocalypse. There are plans for another sequel due out in another couple of years.
Oh and I really like Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) taking on the role of temporary leader of the X-Men. It suits her well. I also like the fact that a song from my all time favorite band, Metallica, played in the background during the first scene with Angel. (Fun fact: Metallica’s debut album, Kill ‘Em All, was released July 25, 1983.)
The first half hour of the movie almost drags on but then the action kicks in full force! The CGI sequences are really something to behold. I mean, it’s as though the boundaries of CGI technology were really pushed to the limit.
Overall, this is one of the few comic book based movies that stays true to that familiar comic book vibe.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give X-Men Apocalypse a delicious 8.5 tamales! 😎