So, Independence Day -- with its excessive explosions, killer aliens, and catch-phrase-generating Will Smith -- was pretty much the best movie ever... when you were eight-years-old. Subsequent viewings of the film have shown it for what it is: a little cheesy, containing White House-sized plot holes, and packing some truly crappy acting outside of the eternally-awesome Jeff Goldblum. Still, it remains a summer blockbuster classic, mainly due to the pangs of nostalgia it inspires in our hardened adult hearts. Oh, and the explosions are still cool, obviously.
That being said, I personally was a little wary of the impending sequel, to be released exactly 20 years after the original. And I'm sure I'm not alone in my fears. How could this sequel add anything to the legacy of Independence Day? Isn't it more likely to be a half-assed, embarrassing attempt to cash-in on the memories of now-adult millennials, that will only go out of its way to retroactively ruin yet another of our favorite childhood movies? Right?!
But, after seeing the first footage from the film -- released Sunday by Fox amidst NFL week 14 action -- I'm not so sure. Could Independence Day: Resurgence actually be...good?
As you can see, Goldblum and a grizzly looking Bill Pullman (not to be confused with Bill Paxton) return, and lead a new cast including Jessie Usher and Liam Hemsworth placed among the traditional intergalactic mayhem and sweeping voice-overs. The trailer looks un-cheesy, dark, brooding, and even a little creepy at times -- kind of like Jeff Goldblum, actually.
While trailers can certainly promise payouts that never end up being delivered (this one in particular, seems relevant right now) I can't help but now be optimistic at the prospect of returning to a world where somehow Earth computers can connect with and corrupt totally unknown alien technology, while I can't even import photos from my phone onto my MacBook in less than an hour.
The film, which actually does not drop on Independence Day (it's out on June 24th, to be exact) has shown no signs of a Will Smith cameo. But, I for one expect to see him punching aliens in the heads, and spouting one-liners at some point during the film -- even if the moment is fleeting, or part of a BS post-credit scene. Put that one in the bank.
Big Willy should also provide an A+ tie-in song featuring a slightly tweaked Stevie Wonder sample, at the very least. He owes that to us for After Earth. And also every other movie he's made in the last 10-15 years.
Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Thrillist. He's proud to be a part of the new Willennium. Follow him @wilfulton
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