Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Aug 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Twenty years after defeating the Alien invaders, Earth Forces discover a new threat. The question is whether it is related to their old foes or not.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I had hoped would be as inspirational as the original was.
Unfortunately, it was nowhere nearly as good.
I think part of the problem is the fact that it’s a sequel. If it had been a stand alone film it would probably have been more enjoyable, but as a sequel, we expect way too much from it.
This movie’s plot seems very hollow when comparing it to the previous film which was both inspirational and patriotic.
The characters spend too much time squabbling amongst one another instead of banding together in order to try and gear up for a fight with an invading enemy.
It was nice seeing some familiar faces, but most of the cast is brand new.
Unfortunately, the four main returning characters (and actors) don’t do as much in this one as they did in the original and in some ways, it merely feels as if they were tacked on due to name recognition alone.
I now understand why Will Smith wouldn’t do this one… 🙂
Bottom Line – Might gave been much better as a standalone film, but pretty weak as a sequel. The original was very inspiring and patriotic and this one spends too much time on personal squabbling instead of gearing up for a fight. Nice to see old familiar faces returning but most aren’t as integral to the plot as I would have hoped.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Fans were surprised to hear about the return of Dr. Okun in this movie. Most viewers thought he died in the first film when the alien ensnares him with its tentacle to communicate to President Whitmore with telepathy. However, Major Mitchell offers no reaction when he checks Dr. Okun’s pulse, leaving the character’s fate ambiguous. In an interview with Brent Spiner, he revealed that Major Mitchell was supposed to say “He’s dead,” but the filmmakers removed that line to keep the possibility open of using Dr. Okun in a sequel. Spiner also joked that Major Mitchell was only a soldier and not qualified as a physician to determine if Dr. Okun was alive or not. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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