Sunday, 26 June 2016

ID5 Resergence

When I saw the original the theatre was packed, this time it was nearly empty. But I suspect it wasn't for the obvious reason this is the sequel.

It's 20 years later, and the world is very different as humanity has come together after finding out about aliens. (Which is something I will give the movie, it doesn't fall back into the standard 'history is the same except for one hidden thing'.) The aliens return to follow up, but while there is a huge spaceship and such, it doesn't feel personal as the aliens are really interested in (*thing that could be a spoiler so I won't say*). It's up to the new military might to prove victorious, while dealing with soap opera that is their lives.

And that's one of the big problems of this movie. On the one hand, we have the new tech, so it doesn't feel as one sided any more. I never got the sense of desperation that we had in the other movie, so never felt moved when we got various 'we will defeat them' speeches. On the other hand, a lot of this movie are various characters sniping at each other, making none of them likeable, even the ones back from the previous movie.

And there are a few actors and actresses back. Although it's clear that some of them were only around for a day or two of shooting before being ejected from the script. Not to mention the obvious person who is completely missing. Otherwise it's the usual stock Roland Emmerick parts being presented.

It just wasn't as exciting as the first one, and so just came across as flat.

But that's not what I really want to complain about...


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