It’s been 20 years since the aliens launch their assault on planet earth, only to find a unified humanity with the help of a great speech from the President. Now they are back and with vengeance in their plans. Earth, with a much further along technological advancements thanks to alien technology, has prepared themselves for possible alien threats. Bringing back a few fan favorites like the president and my personal, and probably the film’s saving grace, Jeff Goldblum along with a new young group of heroes in Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher who plays Dylon Hiller, the son of Steven Hiller played by Will Smith.
ID:R is a pretty much the typical sci-fi sequel. The plot runs in the same vein as the first one and there’s very little character development. The main focus, as it seems with all of Roland’s film, is the amount of destruction that is wrought onto the big screen. As Doctor Levinson quips, “They always go after the landmarks.”
What made the first one a great summer blockbuster even with its thin plot and little character development was that we were given characters with charisma that can entertain the crowd. Will Smith had that and the rest of the cast fed off of it. Here, not so much. Acting veterans Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman worked with what they could. Also, what made the first one works is that there was a sense of believability. The aliens came in our timeframe (the 90s) and we had to fight back with what we had. With our military knowledge technology of the late 90s. This movie brought us to 20 years of learning alien tech advancing our human race to a level of advancement that becomes almost unbelievable. Which makes it harder to escape into a thin plot story.
The special effects are done extremely well. The aliens look creepily as ever, even though they went full cgi as opposed to some practical effects like the original.
If you are into just a popcorn special effects driven thrill, then “bang for your buck” ID:R is the movie to see on the big screen, at least in my honest Noble opinion.
Featured image courtesy of Fox Pictures.