Wouldn’t It Be Awesome If Independence Day 2 Was About…

May 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

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[UPDATE]

Co-Writer Dean Devlin recently spoke about the pressure he and Roland Emmerich felt creating a sequel and whether or not it will happen:

” I can’t say that it’s going to happen, but I can say for the first time that for the first time in eleven years, Roland Emmerich are working together. There are a lot of moving pieces that are coming together. I don’t know if it will come together, but we want it to happen. This is the first time since we made the originals that Roland and I are excited about doing it and feeling like we have the right idea and we have our fingers crossed.”

“We felt enormous pressure… Over the years everyone has always asked us about it. We never wanted to do it unless it felt germane to the story. In fact, ten years ago I was hired to write a sequel to ‘Independence Day’ and they paid me a lot of money. After I finished the script, I gave the money back and I said, ‘Don’t even read the script. The script is okay, but we can’t make an okay sequel to ‘Independence Day.’ This is what gave me a career. The fans deserve better than this. And I really decided then that I was never going to do a sequel. Until about a year and a half ago when Roland called me up and said, ‘Let’s try again.’ So we went out to Palm Springs and we cracked it. We said, ‘That’s a real sequel. That’s a sequel that makes sense to do. That’s a sequel that won’t disappoint the fans. That one feels like we always intended to do that in the first place.’ So I want it to happen. I don’t know if it will.”

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[UPDATE]

I’ve always been a fan of alien invasion movies so it should come as no surprise that I absolutely adored Independence Day.  Like many fans of the film, I’ve always been curious about another ID4.

On the other hand, I’m also quite content with one movie so I won’t be devastated if we never get to see:

Independence Day 2

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WHAT IS ID4 2 ABOUT?

For years it seems, there have been rumors about a sequel and even a trilogy.  Yet there has never really been anything beyond a few comments here and there.  It’s safe to assume that a new Independence Day would not be cheap so the project(s) will be challenging to get off the ground.  Especially when you factor in box office superstar Will Smith.

I don’t want to get into logistics though.  Until it officially happens, I’m more interested in where the filmmakers will go with the story.

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2: THE BASICS

Returning Humans

Regardless of how they continue the franchise, there are a few key elements that HAVE to be included.  Obviously, the most important element is Will Smith.  A close second would be director Roland Emmerich and perhaps co-writer Dean Devlin.  Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum should be expected to appear at some point as well.  You can also expect to see supporting characters such as like Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Vivica A. Fox and Margaret Colin too.

I believe I speak for many fans that there is no need to bring back James Rebhorn’s aggravating Albert Nimzicki.  I also think that the Casse family’s storyline is wrapped up and would probably get left behind.  Unless Russell Casse’s sons grow up to become fighter pilots, alien obsessed investigators or politicians.

Aliens

Cast aside, everyone will be curious about the invaders and their ships-o-death.  Will we see more building crushing beams of light?  It all depends on the story they choose to tell.

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THE 10 YEARS LATER APPROACH

Lets assume the cast does reunite.  Everyone is older now so do you automatically set the film 10-15 years after the events of the first movie?  If that’s the case, I’d be interested to see how they portray the world.  With so many major cities destroyed the sequel could focus on how humanity picked up the pieces and moved on.  Would they try to make things the way they were or would this post invasion world represent an evolution of our species.

Think about it.  Would the U.S Capitol remain in Washington D.C?  Would they rebuild the white house or design something new?  Apply this to pretty much every city and landmark on the planet.  There are so many options and interesting ideas.

What about the remnants of the alien’s ships?  Are they landmarks now? After 10 years, did we learn enough about their technology to build a solid defense if they ever returned?  Reinforcements could have been waiting in space just in case they were defeated.

Speaking of which, could they return?  In the first film, President Whitmore very clearly states that the mother ship contained their entire civilization.

“They’re like locusts.  They’re moving from planet to planet.  Their whole civilization.  After they’ve consumed every natural resource they move on… And we’re next.”

So if their entire civilization is destroyed, would the sequel focus on another fleet of ships arriving? I find it hard to believe that a species would feel so invincible that they would risk extinction by gathering their population in one place.  There are more of them out there.  There’s a home planet.

Or… Maybe an entirely new alien race will invade.  The original aliens could have been harvesters for a more powerful race bent on revenge.  Personally, I wouldn’t want to see that.  I like the idea of an epic struggle spread across 3 movies with the original aliens.

Bring on Round 2!  I’m sure they will return with better network security and firewalls though.

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THE NEXT DAY APPROACH

What if they picked up the story on July 5th?

If the first Independence Day was an aerial battle than why not change things up and show us the inevitable ground war?  Let’s say the ships went down.  Wouldn’t the surviving aliens bust out of the wreckage and continue to fight?

That’s the first thing I thought when I saw Battle: Los Angeles.  What if Battle: LA was actually Independence Day 2? You could show all kinds of ground battles while humanity tries to pick up the pieces after the initial attack.  I think that would be pretty cool.  Right in the middle, you reveal another ship that was hiding behind the moon.  Reinforcements have arrived.  The struggle continues.

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THE VISUAL EFFECTS

I can’t imagine what Independence Day would be like if it was made today.  With technology advancing so quickly, what would those awesome action sequences look like now?  That’s one of the main reasons why I’d pay to see a sequel to Independence Day.  ID4 2 3D? Bigger battles, more aliens, ridiculous explosions and a whole lot more fun.

What do you think Independence Day 2 would be about?

Do you even care?  Discuss below.

Battle: Los Angeles Is What It Is

March 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

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IF BATTLE LOS ANGELES WERE A VIDEO GAME
IT WOULD BE ONE HELL OF A FIRST LEVEL

Except… Awesome first levels are never enough and Battle: LA doesn’t quite give you a full game.

When reviews started to surface for this particular invasion, I was extremely worried but intrigued.  I was beyond pumped to see it but I felt deflated when the tomato meter continued to fall.  The popular consensus was that the film was full of intense and sometimes dizzying action but nothing else.  There was no story driving the bus.

Film review site Cut The Crap Movie Reviews said:

“Perfect for anyone who hates stories and wishes every movie was more like Call of Duty.”

Roger Ebert said:

“Young men: If you attend this crap with friends who admire it, tactfully inform them they are idiots. Young women: If your date likes this movie, tell him you’ve been thinking it over, and you think you should consider spending some time apart.”

Both are negative but guess which one I agree with?  I’ll give you a hint…  I LOVE Call of Duty.  So I caught a matinee by myself to see if it’s as bad as people were saying.

I got to the theater early and was unfortunately greeted by a group of loud and obnoxious kids.  I live by simple rules.  Talk all you want during the pre show but shut your mouth when the movie starts.  They seemed to be having fun.  It is March Break after all so I gave them the benefit of the doubt.

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Still, someone must have been annoyed because a manager walked in and the kids instantly settled down.  It was fear.  It occurred to me immediately that they probably weren’t old enough.

The manager asked them for their ticket stubs and one by one they declared themselves 14.  Literally, one kid remained and they were home free except:

“…..I’m 10…”

Kid!  It’s March Break! Lie! Live a little bit and lie!

I’m 90% positive he was there because his “14” year old brother was forced to bring him along.  His brother was the first to lower his head as the group was led out of the theater.  Probably to enjoy a matinee screening of Rango because no one saw Mars Needs Moms right?

Thankfully, the theater was a lot quieter as the movie started but I still felt like the kids were missing out.  Oh well.  Should have lied.

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I thought the first 30 minutes of the film were pretty solid.  Establishing a group of marines in a short period of time has been done better but this was still a good effort.  It is what it is…

Then, the action began and didn’t let up.  It’s frantic, endless and it was exactly like a video game.  It was clear that the filmmakers intended to create a ‘real’ war zone.  Give them credit.  They set out to make a sci fi war film and they definitely reached that goal.

All the toys are in use here from shaky documentary style camera angles to state of the art visual effects.  But that can only get you so far if the story can’t keep up.

There are little moments of exposition where we learn more about the aliens and what they are after but it was rare.  I would have liked to know even more but Battle: Los Angeles isn’t really about the alien’s motivations.  It’s about a small group of marines trying to survive.

In that sense, it’s a solid B movie full of guns, explosions and money shots except…

All of them are in the trailers!  Once the Aliens land, or crash slightly in this case, we are immediately told that humans have the advantage in the air because they have no ships.  Not ONE fan bought into that setup because their flying machines of death are heavily featured in the trailers.  Nice try though.

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I definitely bought into the hype of this movie. Independence Day meets District 9? I joined fans of Alien movies everywhere thinking we were in for Black Hawk Down meets destructive aliens from outer space.  It didn’t really happen as we hoped.

Action = Good

Story = N/A

Battle: Los Angeles is full of big ideas but the movie as a whole feels like one giant setup without the payoff.  Like the first level of a video game meant to set up the world and introduce you to the characters and challenges you’re going to face.

The difference is, video games continue once the first level is over and you learn more about the story and the heroes involved.  In a movie, the credits roll and you go home.  End of story.

I found myself hoping for an ending that provided enough closure to justify the huge effects filled action crammed into the film.  I was let down.  The ending is as intense as it is cool but it lacked an overall emotional attachment that makes action movies like Inception great.

Regardless, it’s an alien invasion movie that full of explosions and thrilling moments.  This is what they wanted and they succeeded.  However, I wanted more and it appears many critics did as well.

My one major complaint was how little we saw the creatures.  If you asked me to describe them I wouldn’t be able too.  They are rarely given screen time I’m pretty sure they don’t have faces let alone personalities.  Maybe they needed to save money on effects or better still, they wanted them to remain mysterious for a possible sequel…

I’m the first person to admit I love summer movies for the action and eye candy.  I should have LOVED Battle: Los Angeles but I didn’t.  There needs to be more than just an excuse to blow up cars.  It needs to be deeper than the first level of a video game.

If they make a sequel, I’m willing to bet it will be better.  Level One was decent but I’m ready for some story now.

Bring on Level 2.

Do you think they will make a sequel?

I Can See Why No One Wanted To See SKYLINE With Me

November 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Review 2010 Skyline I can see why no one wanted to see skyline with me

It’s no secret that I was eagerly anticipating Skyline.

I love alien movies especially invasion scenarios. It’s my favorite “what if” type of film.

Even after all the negative reviews and bad buzz I still wanted to give it a shot.  Since none of my friends wanted to see it, I thought I would check it out on my own.  I love going to movies by myself but make no mistake…

Skyline is a dumb movie.

Before you say I told you so, let me also say that it wasn’t nearly as bad as many people think.  I read an article on JOBLO where the filmmakers admitted they were surprised that audiences didn’t like their movie.

I can see how. The movie doesn’t really make much sense and the main characters aren’t really that likable.  I think the directors were banking on the effects and sci fi elements which I thought were actually pretty cool. (Mostly)

Yes it made no sense at points. You never really get a clear sense of what’s going on.  The story is essentially non existent.  Characters make dumb decisions while others become superheroes with incredible strength for some reason.

I found myself frustrated at times while the group of survivors yelled at each other in a sealed apartment.

Raise the blinds! The aliens outside are much more entertaining!

When they finally did raise them, I thought the film had some pretty cool ideas. The nuke sequence in particular was pretty sweet. There weren’t many moments like that but there was enough that I didn’t hate Skyline.

If I had to give it a score it would be 4 out of 10 which for me means I would only recommend it to die hard alien movie buffs.

However, I’m going to give it a 5 because the film delivered on something I was hoping for from the moment I saw the first teaser trailer.

It shows you what happens in those ships!

I’ll get back to that.  I want to make a note that the movie is NOTHING like this trailer suggests.  There is no mention of probes or news stories or anything.  The aliens just show up.  Apparently the directors forgot to tell people that important back story information is in the trailers…  Woops.

Back to the ships.

I Can See Why No One Wanted To See SKYLINE With Me

Spielberg’s War of the Worlds kind of did this as well and I was really hoping they wouldn’t just roll the credits without at least giving the audience something.

I won’t divulge what’s really going on in those ships but I will say that it will either entertain you or cause a laughing fit at how dumb it is.

It depends on the types of movies you love.

Skyline isn’t a great movie. I didn’t find the ending that great but it does get points for trying something different.

I can see why no one wanted to come with me. I really wish I could tell people they were wrong.  In this instance I cannot but I’m always going to give a movie the benefit of the doubt.

At least I have Battle: Los Angeles to look forward to.  It looks infinitely cooler than Skyline ever did.  Let the anticipation begin!

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