First 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Trailer Threatens Desperate Times Ahead

First 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Trailer Threatens Desperate Times Ahead

Dec 14, 2015

Independence Day: Resurgence

The spectacular first trailer for Independence Day debuted during Super Bowl XXX on January 28, 1996, a day that will live in infamy for movie lovers. The trailer featured disaster on an unprecedented scale as an alien race launched a coordinated attack upon mankind; it's safe to say that the special effects sent a thrill through the spine of everyone who saw it.

We're older and wiser now. We've seen so many scenes of mass destruction over the years, made possible by advances in visual effects, that it's no longer startling to behold. Director Roland Emmerich made several action blockbusters seeking to duplicate the worldwide success of Independence Day -- Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012 -- but fans still cried out for a sequel to the alien-invasion tale that imagined a rag-tag group of survivors could defeat an implacable foe, urged onward by the stirring words of President Thomas Whitmore (Bill Pullman): "We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"

Almost 20 years later, the long-awaited sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence is finally heading to theaters and the first trailer has arrived.


As we might have expected, the movie takes a much darker tone, beginning with the opening moments, as Jeff Goldblum is transported to a remote location to examine evidence that the original alien invaders will be making a dreaded return visit to planet Earth. Goldblum is not the only returning cast member; Bill Pullman also can be seen (and heard) as President Whitmore, this time delivering a speech that has an edge of desperation in his voice rather than defiance.

Judd Hirsch, who played Goldblum's father in the original, is also back, this time on a boat; we can also expect to see Brent Spiner and Vivica A. Fox, though Will Smith declined to return. New cast members are given individual moments on screen: Liam Hemsworth (as a pilot), Jessie Usher (as a pilot, who's the stepson of Smith's character in the original), Maika Monroe (as Whitmore's grown-up daughter), Angelababy (as a pilot), Sela Ward (as the current President), and William Fichtner (as a general). It looks Goldblum and Hemsworth will be teaming up against the aliens, as teased in the image above, where it looks like they head to the Moon.

The sequel will miss Smith's comic energy, but if it's taking as dark a turn as it looks, the loss may not be as severe as it might have been anticipated. Instead, the focus appears to be almost entirely on the battle against a known, deadly threat; we don't expect to see anyone punching an alien in the face and saying, "Welcome to Earth!" as Smith did in the original.

Look for Independence Day: Resurgence in theaters on June 24, 2016.

Independence Day: Resurgence

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