CinemaCon 2016: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ trailer description


It’s been 20 long years since we last saw Earth win the battle against the aliens in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day. The film has garnered a kind of cult following, with fans all over the world (like myself) quoting the many great lines from the film. We had a chance to take a look at the exclusive footage for Independence Day: Resurgence that was shown at CinemaCon this year.

The trailer opens with the 20th-anniversary celebration of the “War of 1996.” Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) facetimes with Patricia Whitmore (Maika Monroe) and asks if her father (Bill Pullman) will be at the anniversary ceremony. She isn’t sure. Overlooking a huge crowd shot at the Capitol and we see after 20 years, Earth is now a utopia. Using some of the technology recovered from the alien attack, the world has come together to create a large fleet of hybrid fighter jets and a base of operations on the Moon. “In their sacrifice we found the technology to build a stronger and safer earth,” the president says. “Our survival is only possible when we stand together.”

We also see our first look at Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) in a photograph within Dylan Hiller’s (Jessie Usher) locker and find out that his father was killed shortly after the war.


However, all good things must come to an end. David discovers a new spaceship that has been sending out distress calls. The scene shifts towards an imprisoned alien who’s screaming, but as we find out, it isn’t screaming in pain. “It’s celebrating,” says Dr. Okun (Brent Spiner). “They’re coming back,” someone declares.

We also get our glimpse of the new alien ship and it is MASSIVE. “They’re touching down over the Atlantic,” says someone. “Which part?” another person asks. “All of it.” The new ship has its own gravity sphere, which is why you see major cities start to get sucked up into the air. “What goes up must come down,” says David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum).

Mass chaos ensues as various major metropolitan cities ae being destroyed. Hiller declares, “We must remind that that Earth is not for the taking.” Someone explains that in the 20 years that have passed, humans have been raised to believes that they can win. “We never had a chance,” David said. “We didn’t last time either,” says President Whitmore. “We sacrifice for each other no matter what the cost and that’s worth fighting for.”


After more humans vs. alien action scenes, the trailer ends with Jake and David flying low through the rivers of London. London is burning and the Tower Bridge in London gets blown up,.David remarks with, “they like to get the landmarks!”

Overall, the Independence Day: Resurgence trailer has impressed me. While the other trailers were lackluster, this extended look gives just enough to satiate my appetite for the film. It doesn’t give away too much but it doesn’t give away the entire film either. The battle between the aliens and humans also seem to be elevated with the hybrid fighter jets that we saw in the previous trailers. The aerial battles will definitely be the highlight of the film, just like its predecessor. “Time to kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy!”

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We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Independence Day: Resurgence destroys theaters on June 24th.

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